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 tips in these areas, see below:
Worship: Here’s a new Thanksgiving hymn. Check out this litany of Thanksgiving. Consider these worship ideas or these harvest worship materials for Thanksgiving. Seasonal creation-focused prayers for Pentecost in year C can be used in worship each week. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary from a Lutheran source are available.
Education: A Community Bike Safety Course on Nov. 3 is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creationon Oct. 27 The Earth Charter & Lutheran Social Statementsand on Nov. 24, The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith, both educate on creation care. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston addresses the same topic from an interfaith perspective in The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith – An Interfaith Discussion on Action & Advocacy on Oct. 6. Learn nature journaling in Nature Journaling at Sheldon Lake State Park on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. (contact [email protected] register).
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page each week and/or share the creation-focused prayer & devotion also posted there. Join the Lutheran Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team for the online EcoChallenge, Oct. 2 – 23, which supports discipleship in care of creation. Pass along these Green Thanksgiving tips to members. For World Food Day on Oct. 16, encourage members to consider the environmental impact of the foods they eat. Contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creationfor a devotional for use during the U.N. Climate Conference, beginning on Dec. 2.
Building & Grounds: Join a webinar on Tools to Guide Congregations through the Energy Transition on Oct. 15. To reduce pests without toxic pesticides, try these simple tips: (1) do not store in cardboard, as this can attract pests, but use plastic storage containers, (2) seal any cracks/open spaces around penetrations into your building (including placing steel covers over weep holes), and (3) ensure that all waste that can attract pests is removed from the building every day (including the coffee left in the mug on your desk). This site has additional tips to avoid certain pests.
Public Ministry/Advocacy: The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation features volunteer events in the greater Houston area (see upcoming opportunities link). Encourage members to support the Lutherans Restoring Creation bike team riding Bike Around the Bay. Plan to participate in the Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event on Nov. 17 in Houston. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation bike team for the family-friendly Park to Port Ride to support Hermann Park. Petition President Trump & the EPA to protect limits on methane pollution.
For more information on any of the above, or for creation care assistance/information, contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team by writing to Lisa at [email protected] The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.