LRC is a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the ELCA   

Lutherans Restoring Creation applauds the appearance of the papal encyclical Laudato si' (“Praise to You”). 

We encourage pastors to preach on it, teachers to teach on it, scholars to write on it, and everyone to read it, either the full version or the excerpts. 

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Why We Need an Eco-Reformation

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology

NEW ADVOCACY ALERT: Take Action to Help the People of Flint, Michigan

Many concerned Lutherans around the country are asking what they can do to help the people of Flint, whose water has been contaminated with lead.  

ELCA Advocacy and the Southeastern Michigan Synod invite you to advocate for legislation that would increase immediate relief for Flint and work towards long-term solutions. 


 The Paris agreement: What’s next? 
On Dec. 12, 2015, in Paris, nearly 200 nations agreed for the first time to collectively take steps to address climate change. The faith community has played a key role in the U.N. climate negotiations since their beginnings at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, but in Paris faith advocates were present in the highest numbers and had the greatest visibility and access ever.  [Read More]

Tom Mundahl, Dennis Ormseth, Richard Perry, Robert Saler, Paul Santmire, Leah Schade provide substantive reflections on the weekly lessons that highlight care for creation. 

Generating an Eco-Justice Reformation: A Speakers Bureau  A Speakers Bureau has been gathered to represent a number of informed leaders in the ELCA capable of serving as conference speakers, panel participants, and workshop leaders for events sponsored by congregations, synods, seminaries, ministeriums, colleges, and other agencies of the church. [Learn More]

You and Your Congregation Can Sign the Paris Pledge!
Take the Paris Pledge, as an individual or as a congregation, and commit to reducing your carbon pollution. Together, we can make a real difference. Interfaith Power & Light will provide you with helpful resources and tools so you can reach your goals. 

Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' letter on climate change is now available! This is a four week study intended for church adult education, college, or seminary classrooms. The study takes up the theme of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation coming in 2017, so may be a great way to start thinking about how your community and congregation will mark this momentous occasion.


NEW EACH WEEK  Eco-Justice Commentary on the Lectionary Lessons


Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Second Sunday of Lent in Year C (by Dennis Ormseth). The reclamation of creation.

The First Sunday of Lent in Year C (by Dennis Ormseth). Jesus rejects the temptation to dominate.

LRC encourages you to preach on the papal encyclical, Laudato si’, mi’ signore: “All praise to you, my Lord” 

Sermon on the encyclical by Leah Schade

For more resources about the encyclical on our site, click here.


After nearly 10 years of service as ELCA Advocacy director for Environmental Policy and Education, Mary Minette has completed her work with the ELCA Advocacy Office and is moving to a new position, where she is continuing to work for creation justice.

"As a champion of all the vulnerable people and creatures of Earth and a powerful advocate for our living Earth community, Mary has made so many significant contributions and taken so many effective actions. More than that, she has generated an ethos of commitment that has spread into so many areas of the church. We thank her for her partnership with LRC, her friendship with so many of us, her collegiality, and her many expressions of the Spirit. We pray for all the best of God’s richest blessings to Mary and her family in the transition."

-- David Rhoads, LRC Director