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

NEW 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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November 30, 2015 is the first day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (#COP21). 150 heads of state are gathered in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to address climate change around the world. They are joined by hundreds of leaders and people of faith who are working and praying for an agreement that protects God’s creation and supports those who are most heavily impacted by the effects of our changing climate. Please read for important updates and information on what to look out for in the next 12 days of COP21!

NEW Eco-Justice Preaching Reflections on the Lectionary for Year C: Drs. Tom Mundahl, Dennis Ormseth, Robert Saler, Paul Santmire, Leah Schade, and Richard Perry provide substantive reflections on the weekly lessons that highlight our vocation to 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

Christ the King Sunday in Year B (From 2012 by Dennis Ormseth)

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost in Year B (From 2012 by Dennis Ormseth) 


Preface to the Eco-Justice Commentary for Year C (2015-2016 by Dennis Ormseth) Please read this preface before each Sunday.

The First Sunday of Advent in Year C (2015 by Dennis Ormseth). Plus a prayer petition and hymn suggestions.

The Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (2015 by Dennis Ormseth). Plus a prayer petition and hymn suggestions.

The Third Sunday of Advent in Year C (2015 by Dennis Ormseth). Plus a prayer petition and hymn suggestions.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (2015 by Dennis Ormseth). Plus a petition prayer and hymn suggestions.

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

Note how Tom Mundahl's sermons in this LRC cycle refer to the encyclical.

Sermon on the encyclical by Leah Schade

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


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