The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public ministry/advocacy. For some timely tips in these areas, see below:
- Worship: April 15-24 is Faith Climate Action Week. Check it out. Interested in Taize worship? Here is a creation-focused Taize service. Looking for some examples of creation-focused preaching? Consider Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary can help with weekly sermon preparation. Use these creation-focused prayers for Easter in year C and these for the season of Pentecost.
- Education: The Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation web meeting series continues on April 24 and May 29, with talks on The State of the Animals and Energy Conservation. Educational opportunities for clergy in June, The Gospel in the Ecological Crisis in New York, and God’s life within our wounded cosmos: Christian theology and earth’s future in California. Here is an Earth care lesson for youth. Sunday School lessons for a range of ages are found in God’s Earth, Our Home.
- Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ Bible verses & creation-care quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook group each week. Engage your members in action on climate change with a Cool Harvest Potluck or screen a documentary. Cool Harvest Movie connects food, faith, and climate to encourage discipleship. Other documentaries around sustainability, health, and climate change are available at the same site. Placing these books exploring food and climate in your church library can also encourage discipleship.
- Building & Grounds: Consider participating in the Energy Efficiency BootCamp for Houses of Worship. Get inspired by this Lutheran congregation in Washington going solar or consider a solar hot water heater. Although not written specifically with houses of worship in mind, many of these energy tips can be applied to churches. Find out about green power suppliers in your area.
- Public Ministry/Advocacy: Make use of the upcoming Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation that is updated weekly. Many of these suggestions for public ministry/advocacy can be used in congregations. Another suggestions listing could also be used. Here’s a unique advocacy opportunity, which engages both adults & children: saving sea turtles in the gulf. Another water-related advocacy opportunity is to petition the EPA to ensure that drinking water is free of lead.
To contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for creation care assistance and information, please email Lisa Brenskelle.