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



NEW Churchwide Assembly Resolution Urging Stewardship of the Gift of Water 
Noting "the many biblical themes of renewal and liberation that water affords," and the importance of watersheds for environmental justice and creation care, the Assembly resolved to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of watersheds and water.  Read the resolution. For watershed resources for congregations, download the toolkit, Our Watershed Moment, from the EcoFaith Network of the Minneapolis Synod.

NEW Eco-Reformation & Environmental Justice: In Word & Deed
Two workshops were offered at the 2016 Grace Gathering in New Orleans August 10-13th, along with a Grace in Action option to get out in the Lower Ninth Ward to learn first-hand about resurrection stories post-Katrina. [Read more]

NEW Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril
This collection of essays, edited by Lisa Dahill and James Martin-Schramm and soon to be published by Cascade Books, argues that a gospel call for ecological justice belongs at the heart of the 500th anniversary observance of the Reformation in 2017.  [Read More]


NEW  WELCOMING RUTH IVORY-MOORE TO THE ELCA ADVOCACY TEAM: ELCA Advocacy is delighted to introduce our new Program Director for Environment and Energy, Ruth Ivory-Moore. Ruth has had careers in chemical engineering, as a corporate legal counsel, and brings legal specialties including environmental law and climate change. Ruth is married and has two children.  She enjoys spending time with family (especially her two grandchildren) and friends. Ruth is involved with Christian education in her church and is about to embark on training to become a Stephen Minister.  Her other volunteer work includes chairing a young adult and youth leadership summit in southern Virginia, as well as addressing various community needs such as criminal law reform and health care. Welcome Ruth! 
NEW Season of Creation -- It's Coming Up!
Now is the time to be planning for the Season of Creation.  Most congregations will begin on September 4 this year. The appointed readings and focus themes for 2016 (year C) are:Ocean Sunday, Animal Sunday, Storm Sunday, and Universe Sunday.  Liturgies for Season of Creation Year C are now available in Spanish.  You can read more about the Season of Creation on our companion site, Let All Creation Praise..

Creation-Care articles in April 2016 issue of Living Lutheran, including:

  • "Stream, Flood and Spring: Water Renewing the Earth and the Church" by Benjamin M. Stewart
  • "The Sacredness of Creation" by Kwame Pitts
  • "Eco-Evangelism in Action: How Congregations are 'Going Green'--and Making an Impact" by Josh Weinhold
  • "The Waters of Baptism" by Mark Brocker and Rachel Brocker Langford

Eco-Reformation is the theme of the April 2016 issue of Currents in Theology and Mission. Guest editor is Barbara Rossing, with help from David Rhoads. Essayists include Ben Stewart, Barbara Rossing and David Rhoads, Stewart Herman, and Vitor Westhelle. There are two magnificent sermons from Linda Thomas and Ben Stewart.  See the Table of Contents and get access to all the articles

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. 


NEW EACH WEEK  Eco-Justice Commentary on the Lectionary Lessons

Pentecost Season in Year C and The Season of Creation

Reformation Sunday in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)  

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl) 

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)

**The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Universe Sunday (by Leah Schade)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Tom Mundahl)

**The Third Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Storm Sunday (by Leah Schade)

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Robert Saler)

**The Second Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Animal Sunday (by Leah Schade)

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C by Robert Saler

**The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday (by Leah Schade)

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Robert Saler).

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year C (by Robert Saler) (2013)

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.

Phoebe Morad,
Aug 18, 2016, 4:12 AM