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:
Make any day Earth Day with this recorded worship service. The minor rogation days are coming up. The church can be a hub of resilience in the face of the climate crisis. Endangered species day is also coming up. Consider observance of these days. A new seasonal creation-focused prayer is posted each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available from a Lutheran source.
Attend Interconnection & Resilience online on May 21. Learn about Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Why They Matter to People of Faith online on May 7. Consider a youth camp at Blue Theology Outpost in Texas City. View & discuss Sacred Sanctuaries: Resilience in God’s Marine Creation. Make any week Earth Week with your kids/grandkids using this Earth Week Activity Booklet.
Share these “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) with your congregation. Keep your eyes peeled for the Self-Guided Nature Walk – Summer: Fertility, Abundance & Rest resource, coming out on Jun. 1, to practice spirituality in nature. Or, join a Guided Prayer Walk in the Park in Houston on May 13. Use your influence as a shareholder to address environmental & social justice issues. Check out Thrivent’s Impact-Managed Portfolios for your investments.
Building & Grounds
Learn about Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Why They Matter to People of Faith online on May 7, including those that apply to churches. Get educated on federal energy efficiency grants available to nonprofits. There are also incentives for nonprofits to install renewable energy generation. Speaking of renewables, new solar co-ops are launching in the greater Richmond area, and in Houston. Go solar at your church for less by joining a co-op!
The weekly-updated Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy Nature features volunteer events in the greater Houston area. Check out this video on Faithful Advocacy. This is a great example of faithful public testimony. Learn what a Faithful Farm Bill looks like in this video. A new eco-justice advocacy opportunity is posted on the synod team’s website each week.
May and Early June Creation Care Events
- 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
- Guided Prayer Walk in the Park – Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m., Hermann Park, Houston
- Interconnection & Resilience – Sunday, May 21, 6 p.m., online
- Justice Advocacy Training – Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m., online