By Lisa Brenskelle
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 information in these areas, see below:
Not sure what you can/cannot say from the pulpit about justice issues? Read Politics & the Pulpit. Speaking of preaching, check out the Eco Preacher 1 2 3 resource. Prepare now for the Season of Creation (starts 9/1). Find creation-focused prayers for each Sunday on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available.
Learn about Ecological Gardening online on 8/28. Get educated on critical global environmental issues in The Big Four virtual lecture series (starts 8/16). Be wowed by the amazing sensory abilities of animals in the Immense World Book Discussion Group (starts 9/1) online. Heat in Houston is not distributed equally – hear about this justice issue in this talk on 9/11. The final session of Summer Creation Education for kids takes place on 8/14 at Christ the King in Houston.
Share the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page. Reduce your carbon footprint in the online Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group (starts 9/7). Join Creation Care 101 monthly online (starts 9/8) to improve your care of creation (indicate Lutherans Restoring Creation as the group/church). Consider how to vote faithfully in the online Faithful Voter Weekly Discussion Group (starts 9/13). Check out these spiritual practice in nature videos.
Building & Grounds
Join the online monthly Creation Care 101 (starts 9/8) to take a closer look at your church’s care of creation (indicate Lutherans Restoring Creation as the group/church). Consider Ecological Gardening on your church property online on 8/28. Listen to Preparing Your Congregation for Climate Disasters. We are in a drought in this area. Follow local guidance on water use and conserve water. City of Houston has entered Stage 1 Drought Contingency Plan. Use Climate Solutions at Work to examine how to reduce climate emissions in your operations.
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 how to vote faithfully in the online Faithful Voter Weekly Discussion Group (starts 9/13). In your advocacy, follow the election checklist for houses of worship. Consider holding an advocacy event using materials from ELCA Advocacy for God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday on 9/11. Take the Zero Carbon by 2040 pledge.
August & Early September Creation Care Events
- Summer Creation Education Series: Microbes in God’s World Sunday, August 14, 9:30 a.m., room 204 at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005.
- The Big Four: Major Global Environmental Issues – Their Causes, Effects & Solutions: Water Resilience Tuesday, August 16, 6 p.m., online
- The Big Four: Major Global Environmental Issues – Their Causes, Effects & Solutions: Plastic Pollution Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m., online
- The Big Four: Major Global Environmental Issues – Their Causes, Effects & Solutions: Air Pollution: Past, Present & Future Tuesday, August 23, 6 p.m., online
- The Big Four: Major Global Environmental Issues – Their Causes, Effects & Solutions: Climate Change: Simple, Serious, Solvable Thursday, August 25, 6 p.m., online
- Ecological Gardening: Fruit and Veggies for Summer to Fall Sunday, August 28, 6 p.m., online
- The Big Four: Major Global Environmental Issues – Their Causes, Effects & Solutions: Biodiversity Loss Tuesday, August 30, 6 p.m., online
- Immense World Book Discussion Group for the Season of Creation Thursdays, September 1 – October 6, 5 p.m., online
- Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group Wednesdays, September 7 – November 30 (except Nov. 23), 6 p.m., online
- Creation Care 101 2nd Thursday/month, beginning September 8 (thru April 2023), 6 p.m., online (indicate Lutherans Restoring Creation as your church/group)
- Heat in Houston: Justice Implications, Solutions, & How People of Faith Can Engage Sunday, September 11, 3:30 p.m., online.
- Faithful Voter Weekly Discussion Group Tuesdays, September 13 – November 1, 6 p.m., online
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 protected]. The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.