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:
Reformation is coming up! Consider eco-reformation & whether we need one. Listen to Preaching & Teaching Faith and Climate. A new creation-focused prayer is posted each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available from a Lutheran source.
Restore relationship – join The Three Part Path of Regeneration online on Oct 30. Get educated online on solutions to climate change in the weekly Climate Solutions 101 starting Oct. 13. The book The Dot We Call Home is great for kids’ eco-education. Consider how your church can build community climate resilience in Faithful Resilience, weekly online, starting Nov. 8. Creation Care 101 continues monthly online on Oct. 13. You can still join the Lutherans Restoring Creation group!
Share these “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) with your congregation. Reduce your carbon footprint in the ongoing weekly online Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team for the online self-directed Peoples’ Ecochallenge, Oct. 5 26. Enjoy practicing spirituality in nature in a Garden Tour & Prayer with Eyes Wide Open on Oct. 8 at the Houston Botanic Garden. CoP is coming up on 11/6! Use a daily devotional to pray for world leaders at the U.N. Climate Conference in Egypt, and ourselves.
Building & Grounds
You can still join the online monthly Creation Care 101 (continues on Oct. 13) to learn the most effective actions to take to as a church to combat climate change (indicate Lutherans Restoring Creation as the group/church). Conserve water & reduce flooding with a rain barrel on Nov. 6. Order one for your church! Switch to renewable electricity for less with Texas Power Switch. Learn how your church can Build Community Climate Resilience in this recorded talk. A new solar co-op will launch this fall – put your church’s name on the waitlist to go solar for less with a volume discount!
The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy Nature features volunteer events in the greater Houston area. Consider how to vote faithfully in the ongoing online weekly Faithful Voter Weekly Discussion Group. Participate in the Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event on Oct. 16 in Houston. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation bike team for Bike Around the Bay Oct. 22 and/or Oct. 23 in Galveston/Baytown or the family-friendly Park to Port Ride in Houston on Nov. 5.
October & Early November Creation Care Events
- Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group – Wednesdays, thru November 30 (except Nov. 23), 6 p.m., online
- Creation Care 101 – 2nd Thursday/month, thru April 2023, 6 p.m. or 9 p.m., online (indicate Lutherans Restoring Creation as your church/group)
- Faithful Voter Weekly Discussion Group – Tuesdays, thru November 1, 6 p.m., online
- People’s Ecochallenge – Wednesday, October 5-Wednesday, October 26, online. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation-Gulf Coast team.
- Garden Tour & Prayer with Eyes Wide Open – Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m., Houston Botanic Garden, One Botanic Ln. (at 8210 Park Place Blvd), Houston 77017
- Climate Solutions 101 – Thursdays, October 13-November 17, 5 p.m., online
- Native Plant Pollinator Garden Fall Refresh – Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m., Christ the King, 2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, 77005. Contact [email protected] to volunteer.
- Fall 2022 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event – Sunday, October 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Willow Waterhole Greenspace, 11350 Ricecrest, Houston 77035
- Bike Around the Bay – Saturday, Oct. 22 and/or Sunday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m., Baytown/Galveston. Join Lutherans Restoring Creation team.
- Justice Advocacy Event – Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ the King, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005. Contact [email protected] for more information.
- Bike to Church/Alternative Transport Sunday – Sunday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ the King, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005. Contact [email protected] for more information.
- The Three Part Path of Regeneration – Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., online.
- Park to Port Ride – Saturday, November 5, 7:30-9:30 a.m. rolling start, Hermann Park, 6001 Main St., Houston. Join Lutherans Restoring Creation team.
- Distribution of Daily Devotionals for use during the U.N. Climate Conference – Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 – 7 p.m., & Sunday, Nov. 6, 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ the King, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005. Contact [email protected] for more information.
- Rain Barrel Pick-up & Installation Training – Sunday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m., 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., Houston. Note rain barrels must be pre-ordered.
- Faithful Resilience: A Study on Climate Resilience for Faith Communities – Tuesdays, November 8-December 13, 6 p.m., online.
For more information on any of the above, or for creation care assistance/information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at [email protected] or see our new website! The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.