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:
Celebrate Earth Day in worship. Or consider a Rogation observance. The church can be a hub of resilience in the face of the climate crisis. Learn about Preaching Resilience from this webinar recording. A new seasonal creation-focused prayer is posted each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available from a Lutheran source.
Attend Justice Interconnections: Climate, Race, Economy, Health, Migration & More online on Apr. 30. Learn about the impact of climate change on church ministries and how you can advocate for good climate policy on Wednesday evenings online, beginning Apr. 19, in The Path of Hope. Screen Current Revolution, a documentary about the energy transition. View & discuss Refugia and Resilience: Sanctuaries for Our Spirit, Climate & Creation. Use this video reflection, Righteous Work on Stolen Land to consider how to do good on land stolen from Indigenous people.
Share these “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) with your congregation. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team for the Earth Month Ecochallenge, focusing on the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, online throughout April. The Guided Prayer Walk in the Park in Houston on Apr. 8 is sold out. Contact [email protected] to join the waitlist. Use Spring: A Time of Hope and Healing to practice spirituality in nature. Check out the Carbon Clean 200 for your investment portfolio.
Building & Grounds
Learn how federal policy can make a difference for rural and low income communities in: Low Income Communities Bonus Credit Program Regarding Solar Tax Credits, Programs to Incentivize Investments in Underserved Communities, Tax Incentives will Support Building an Equitable Clean Energy Economy and REAP Solar Grants & Rural Business. While written for homeowners, the material in Clean Energy Home Toolkit can apply to churches, too.
The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy Nature features volunteer events in the greater Houston area. Join Lutherans Restoring Creation for the Hatchling Hustle run in Galveston on Apr. 15, or Walk for the Wild in Houston on Apr. 23. Both raise funds for animal conservation/protection. Engage in hands-on stewardship at the Spring 2023 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event also on April 23, in Houston. A new eco-justice advocacy opportunity is posted on the synod team’s website each week.
April and Early May Creation Care Events
- Earth Month Ecochallenge – April 1-30, online. Join Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast Team
- Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group – Tuesdays, thru May 9, 6 p.m., online
- Guided Prayer Walk in the Park – Saturday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Hermann Park, Houston
- Hatchling Hustle – Saturday, April 15, 7:45 a.m. start, Babe’s Beach, Galveston
- Justice Advocacy Event – Sunday, April 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston
- Creation-Focused Worship for Earth Day – Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m., online.
- Walk for the Wild – Sunday, April 23, 7 a.m. start, Houston Zoo, Houston. Join Lutherans Restoring Creation Team
- Spring 2023 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event – Sunday, April 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Willow Waterhole Greenspace, Houston
- Justice Interconnections: Climate, Race, Economy, Health, Migration & More – Sunday, April 30, 6 p.m., online
- Justice Advocacy Event – Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston.
- Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency & Renewables – Sunday, May 7, 3:30 p.m., online.