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: Need an appropriate order of worship for the burial of a pet? Trees are often planted in memory of a loved one, so an order of service for a tree planting may come in handy. Speaking of occasional services, here is a creation-focused morning prayer service. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary can help with weekly sermon preparation. Use these creation-focused prayers for the Sundays after Pentecost in year C.
- Education: The Sunday evening conversations on creation web meeting series continues on June 26, with a presentation on Water Conservation. ELCA World Hunger’s Taking Root resources for K – 12 contain material related to climate change & the environment (on the Hunger Ed tab). Or try their materials for Hunger & Climate Change Connections. For adults, consider a book study using their Sustaining Simplicity. Another excellent adult study is the Theology & Environment module from Eco-Congregation.
- Discipleship: Make use of the “bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ Bible verses & creation-care quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook group each week. You can support members’ discipleship by starting an ENACT or an Eco-Faith Recovery Groups could use Living in God’s Economy as a study. Help parents to nurture their children’s love of nature. Offer nature education for kids at church to support parents.
- Building & Grounds: Get inspired by reading about what other congregations are doing. Green your church grounds by planting native trees, or establishing a community garden. Considering a building or renovation campaign? See this information on green building from GreenFaith. GreenFaith also offers these 12 priority measures to save energy in your existing facility.
- Public Ministry/Advocacy: Use the Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation that is updated weekly (see upcoming opportunities link). No room on church grounds for trees or a garden? Consider planting trees in a local park or partner with others to create a community garden in a low-income neighborhood with limited access to fresh produce. A recent study shows that kids are most impacted by climate change. Protect kids now and in future by advocating for regulation of methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations or reform of the leasing of public land for coal extraction.
Please contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information on the synod’s Restoring Creation Team or for creation care assistance.