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. 

More Information and Resources


Why We Need an Eco-Reformation

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology


NEW 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]

NEW 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. 

NEW 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.

Lutheran Pastors, Scholars and Teachers Send Open letter to Bishop Elizabeth Eaton supporting eco-justice for the ELCA


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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