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 Check out this Mass Celebrating Creation from the ELCA. This litany for soil & water stewardship can be used in combination with associated curricula for kids/youth. Here are a variety of creation-focused liturgical materials. Seasonal creation-focused prayers for Advent/Christmas and Epiphany in year C can be used in worship each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available.
Education Use the Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home curricula for kids & youth. For adults, articles on Water & Ecotheology can serve as a basis for study/discussion. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation on Jan. 27, Biodiversity Loss & What You Can Do educates on creation care. For an interfaith perspective, the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston January 2019 Kick-Off Event will address the Ethics of Eating & the Top 10 Actions Houses of Worship can take now to preserve the earth. The book Christianity, Climate Change & Sustainable Living can be used for an adult study.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. Continuing with the water theme, offer members material on building your own rain barrel or this sheet to track water use. Encourage members to Celebrate Christmas with Simplicity. Share the devotion that is posted each week on Facebook.
Building & Grounds Use this Do It Yourself Home Energy Audit to find energy savings options for your building. Check out these tips on Bringing Green to Work to save energy in your office. Provide materials on zero waste to staff to reduce waste generation. For large church facilities, these offers from Centerpoint for commercial buildings may be of interest. Speaking of staff, keep everyone happier and healthier with indoor plants in the office. Indoor plants promote improved indoor air quality.
Public Ministry/Advocacy: The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation features volunteer events in the greater Houston area (see upcoming opportunities link). Consider an activity to care for birds in observance of National Bird Day on Jan. 5. For the National Day of Service on Jan. 21, consider serving all creation with your activity. Petition EPA to preserve methane pollution standards & the House of Representatives to create a Green New Deal.
For more information on any of the above, or for creation care assistance/information, contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team by writing to Lisa at email@example.com. The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.