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:
Check out the Out of the Wilderness resource. Consider these Season of creation and Blessing of the Animals resources A new seasonal creation-focused prayer is posted each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available from a Lutheran source.
Join Climate-Water Interconnection: What It Is & What It Means for Our Future online on August 27. Attend the virtual lecture series Stories of Hope Amid Ecological Crisis starting August 15. Bring the kids to Summer Creation Education at Christ the King in August (or set up a similar program at your church!). Plan to attend Climate Solutions 101, online, beginning September 12. Use In Deep Waters Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis to educate on this important topic.
Share these “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) with your congregation. Join the Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group online, beginning Sept. 7, to create a personal plan to reduce your carbon footprint by 50%. Participate in a thought-provoking online weekly book discussion of The Planet You Inherit – Letters to My Grandchildren When Uncertainty’s a Sure Thing. This recording of Values Investing for Faith Institution Endowments can help align faith and finances. Organize a Season of Creation bible study.
Building & Grounds
Plan now to get a discounted rain barrel in Houston on Sept. 17. Learn about Solar Financing for Houses of Worship. Consider how your church can respond during Extreme Heat. Learn how your church can be a hub of resilience for your community in the face of climate change. Educate yourself on federal funding for energy efficiency upgrades in Get Green to Go Green.
The weekly-updated Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy Nature features volunteer events in the greater Houston area. Attend Houston Faith Votes on Aug. 20, 26 or 27. Planning a creation care event, but don’t have all the tools you’ll need? Call the Houston Toolbank. Your church can Adopt-a-Highway near you in Texas. A new eco-justice advocacy opportunity is posted on the synod team’s website each week.
August and Early September Creation Care Events
- Summer Creation Education – Sundays, August 6, August 13 & August 20, 9:30 a.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005
- Stories of Hope Amid Ecological Crisis – Tuesdays/Thursdays, August 15 – 24, 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m., online
- Climate-Water Interconnection: What It Is & What It Means for Our Future – Sunday, August 27, 6 p.m., online
- The Planet You Inherit Book Discussion Group for the Season of Creation – Wednesdays, September 6 – October 4, 6 p.m., online
- Living the Change Weekly Discussion Group – Thursdays, September 7 – November 30 (except Thanksgiving), 6 p.m., online
- God’s Work, Our Hands Justice Advocacy Event – Sunday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, 77005
- Climate Solutions 101 – Wednesdays, September 12 – October 17, 6 p.m., online