Many Lutherans are committed to fostering an ongoing reformation of the ELCA that incorporates ecological justice into the full life, identity, and mission of the ELCA.
There is now an informal group of theologians, teachers, pastors, and lay people working to promote this goal (see "planning group" below). This group is in process of working with many Lutheran leaders and organizations to make plans to seize the 2017 anniversary observance and the events leading up to it as opportunities to make headway in this effort.
This is a grass roots group not sponsored by LRC. However, LRC is eager to support and cooperate with the group efforts. Keep checking here to see resources and reports of developments.
Plans, Projects and Proposals
Open Letter to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, with attachment: "Why Lutherans Care for Creation." On November 4, 2014, a group of scholars, teachers, and pastors wrote an open letter to Bishop Eaton supporting her public commitment to address climate change and other environmental issues and offering help in bringing about an eco-justice reforming movement in the church. Copies were sent to each ELCA bishop and to the members of the ELCA Coordinating Committee for the planning of the Observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
Message to all planners for the 500th anniversary: Embrace creation care for all programs.
Projects and Programs in the Works Sign on to participate or propose additional projects.
Generating an Eco-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. Click here for a description and listing of the speakers, or download a a PDF or Word document at the bottom of this page.
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.
With contributions by:Bill McKibben, Lisa E. Dahill, Wanda Deifelt, Terence E. Fretheim, Norman Habel, James B. Martin-Schramm, Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, Larry L. Rasmussen, David Rhoads, Barbara R. Rossing, Terra S. Rowe, Robert C. Saler, H. Paul Santmire, Ernest L. Simmons, Benjamin M. Stewart, Victor Thasiah, Aana Marie Vigen
NEW Transfiguring Luther: The Planetary Promise of Luther's Theology
by Vitor Westhelle
In this book, Luther's theology--his view of language and understanding of creation, incarnation, the cross; his affirmation of freedom from ecclesial, economic, and/or political encroachments; his eschatology, and so forth--is seen in a new light in societies in which modernization does not necessarily mean secularization and the spirit is not set in dual opposition to things material.
Find more books on Lutheran theology for an eco-reformation on the ECO-THEOLOGY page
Additional Resources for an Eco-Reformation: articles, books, videos, websites, and more.
NEW Celebrating with Creation: Songs in Support of the Eco-Reformation in 2017 & Ongoing Earth-Care by Norman C. Habel.
NEW 500 Trees for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.Liturgies and other resources for planting trees as a sign of renewal and hope for creation.
Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' letter on climate change. 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.
Ecological Christianity Through Luther's Small Catechism. With questions and actions; for personal use, bulletins, or confirmation classes.
Why Lutherans Care for Creation: A denominational profile. Enlarge and Post in a prominent place.
Worship Resources for an Eco-Justice Reformation
Earthbound Video Series: ELCA. Six-Week Educational Resource. $20.00 LRC discount!
Eco-Reformation Preach-in for Reformation Sunday
Weekly Preaching Resources for an Eco-Justice Reformation
Resources for Synods
Synod Resolutions on Ecological Justice: Resolutions on climate change, reinvestment, eco-reformation, etc.
Please offer suggestions and let us know what you are planning. Contact David Rhoads at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing for 2017: The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Plans, Projects, Proposals and Resources for the Anniversary Observance