By Lisa Brenskelle
For more information on any of the below, 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.
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:
Here are a wealth of creation-focused liturgical resources: collects, calls to worship, and laments & confessions. A new creation-focused prayer is posted each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available from a Lutheran source.
Climate solutions are ready to hand, with numerous co-benefits for society. To learn more, attend Climate Solutions 101, online, beginning Jan. 10. Participate in Faithful Resilience: A Study on Climate Resilience for Faith Communities to find your path to resilience, online beginning Jan 11. Consider justice and the relationship between people & planet from a multifaith perspective online on Jan. 8. Learn how environmental justice is racial justice, using this recorded program. Learn how policy, technology & diplomacy interconnect to address climate change in Confronting Climate Gridlock online on Jan. 29.
Share these “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) with your congregation. Working to align your investments with your values? Use this ESG screener. Don’t forget to go green with your credit cards, too. Practice spirituality in nature in a prayer walk or using this wild worship field guide.
Building & Grounds
Learn how to turn your church lawn into a native vegetable garden in this online program on Feb. 5. Did you know that there is federal funding available for energy improvements at houses of worship? Consider how to eliminate idling in your parking lot and its association health hazards. The Houston Solar Co-Op is now open! Register for free & without obligation to go solar for less. Get inspired by the GreenBuild Legacy project at Faith Baptist Church.
The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy Nature features volunteer events in the greater Houston area. Save the date for a beach clean-up in Galveston on Feb. 26. A new eco-justice advocacy opportunity is posted on the synod team’s website each week. Reserve your Faith Climate Action Week organizer kit for use in April. Comment favorably on the EPA’s proposed regulations on pollution from oil & gas operations.
January & Early February Creation Care Events
- Faith Perspectives: A Justice Lens on the Relationship between People & the Planet – Sunday, January 8, 3 p.m., online
- Climate Solutions 101 – Tuesdays, January 10-February 14, 6 p.m., online
- Faithful Resilience: A Study on Climate Resilience for Faith Communities – Wednesdays, January 11-February 15, 6 p.m., online.
- Creation Care 101 – Thursdays, January 12 & February 9 (2nd Thursday/month, thru April 2023), 6 p.m. or 9 p.m., online (registration now closed, contact [email protected] for access)
- Confronting Climate Gridlock – Sunday, January 29, 6 p.m., online
- Turning Lawns into Native Vegetable Gardens – Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m., online