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:
WorshipConsider Creation Reorientation: Liturgy to Reconcile People & the Planet.Register now for the ecumenical 2019 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creationon Sept. 7 . These creation-focused songsmay inspire. Seasonal creation-focused prayers for Pentecostin year C can be used in worship each week. Creation-focused commentarieson the lectionary from a Lutheran source are available.
EducationThe annual Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza, with terrific kids’ nature-focused activities, expert lectures on the State of Our World, & an exhibit by local environmental nonprofits, is Aug. 24. The essay Loving My Neighbor in the Whole of God’s Creationis an excellent basis for an Adult Forum. Or, use a documentary filmfor an educational movie night. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creationon Sept. 29, Houston’s Air Quality Challenges & What You Can Do and onAug. 25What’s the Health of the Bay? Galveston Bay Report Card, both educate on creation care.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebookpage each week and/or share the creation-focused prayer & devotion also posted there. Use the Season of Creation calendaror this daily prayer guideas a discipleship tools for members. Encourage members to join/support the Lutherans Restoring Creation bike teamriding Bike Around the Bay.
Building & GroundsCheck out these tips for your groundsor these tips for recycling. Use this Energy Workbookto get a handle on your electricity usage. Looking to reduce your energy or water consumption with renovations? A presentation on PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financingis scheduled for Aug. 28 in Houston. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston’s event on Sept. 8 deals with Reducing Toxins in Houses of Worship– IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
Public Ministry/Advocacy: The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creationfeatures volunteer events in the greater Houston area (see upcoming opportunities link). Contact Scott@texasimpact.orgto participate in legislative visits with state and Congressional legislators scheduled throughout August (on climate/energy, immigration & health policy). The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston advocates monthly at Houston City Council meetings on eco-justice topics. Contact Carol Burrus at email@example.com join them. You & your congregation are invited to sign the Paris pledge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.