500th Anniversary: Programs and Projects

Projects and programs of the Eco-Reformation Working Group

1. An open letter to Bishop Eaton with a copy to all ELCA bishops (Sent November, 2014). Letter is posted on the LRC website. Follow up in synods and seminaries.


2. Statement promoting ecological justice for ongoing reformation: Preparation of statement urging eco-justice in the ongoing reformation of the ELCA. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Lisa Dahill, Paul Santmire, Richard Perry, Barbara Rossing, Jim Martin-Schramm, Larry Rasmussen, Nick Utphall.


3. Book Publication. Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, edited by Jim Martin-Schramm and Lisa Dahill (Wipf and Stock Press).


4. Study guides for Congregations (Wipf and Stock)

  • Caring for Creation: Lutheran Foundations for an Eco-Justice Reformation. Rob Saler (leader), Leah Schade, Audrey West (editor).

  • To Serve and to Keep the Earth: Biblical Foundations for Care of Creation. David Rhoads (Leader), Dennis Ormseth, Audrey West (editor).

  • Becoming a Creation Care Congregation: Step by Step. David Rhoads, Audrey West (editor).

  • Earthbound (With study guide): 6 part DVD video series. Available for a discount at http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/highlights/videos/earthbound-dvd-educational-series.


    5. Projected Issues of Lutheran Journals.

  • Currents in Theology and Mission. Barbara Rossing and Kadi Billman

  • Journal of Lutheran Ethics: Jim Martin Schramm, Larry Rasmussen 

  • Dialog: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Rob Saler


6. Promotion of Speakers and Events. Development of a Speaker Bureau.


7. Development and gathering of resources for eco-justice reformation. http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation.


8. Promotion on social media: ELCA 500 website (www.ELCA500.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/elca500). And LRC Facebook site (link at bottom of LRC home page): Leah Schade, Rob Saler, Nick Utphall.


9. Public Advocacy Initiatives. Aana Vigen, Jim Martin Schramm, Barbara Rossing, Mary Minette, Amy Reumann. 


10.  Worship resources for 500th anniversary events: Nick Utphall, Leah Schade, Ben Stewart.    


11. Eco-Justice Preach-in for Reformation Sunday [2015, 2016, 2017]. LRC, Dave Rhoads, Nick Utphall, Paul Santmire. http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/the-lrc-reformation-day-preaching-challenge.


12. Synod resolutions. Developing templates that synods can adapt. Gathering past synod resolutions related to eco-justice. Go to http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/synod-and-church-wide-resolutions.


13. Tree-planting project: Barbara Rossing, Lisa Dahill; Dennis Ormseth.


14. Collection of Luther quotations and secondary literature on Luther and care for creation. Paul Santmire, Nick Utphall, and others.


15. ELCA institutions: LRC will work with synods, seminaries, colleges, camps, and other organizations to determine how they might foster this agenda for the observance of the 500th anniversary. www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org.