Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

This is accomplished by cultivating a community of dedicated stewards of earth and neighbor who proclaim God’s promise of hope and healing for all.

A Message to the Shepherds of Creation Care
 Lutherans Restoring Creation Founder, Rev. Dr. David M. Rhoads, was the guest preacher at all worship services at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN on May 21, 2017. His message to their congregation carries a spirit of hope and a calling to move past political differences to uphold the commitment we have in this sacred trust. [Listen here to the 15 minute sermon]



Why We Need an Eco-Reformation

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology

 "A Shared Concern" (Poem) by Gerhard Fuerst

 Caring for Shishmaref and All of God's Creation

 St. Andrews Environmental Stewardship Team:
Nine Years Old and Still Going Strong!


Edmonds Lutheran Church is Going Solar

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Over one million comments were submitted to the Dept of the Interior know what National Monuments mean to you by July 10th in support of keeping our national, natural treasures. Read more details about how people of all faiths have stressed our obligation to care for God's good earth in this way and hear from our youth who have been working locally to defend it. Share an opinion piece with your local papers or online outlets. Read Pastor Jeff Conlon's piece on the moral imperative of this action.  

Public Lands Challenge:  
100 Sermons & Prayers  

God's great creation is made for each of us. We can learn about our creator while we enjoy healthy recreation and the beauty of the outdoors--especially in our nation's national parks and public lands. From neighborhood parks to national parks and monuments, there are numerous opportunities to get outside and enjoy God's creation.

This spring, to celebrate our national parks and public lands and especially our national monuments, which showcase the diversity of American culture and heritage, NRPE is challenging the religious community to conduct 100 sermons and prayers for our public lands. Sign up by June 5.

Sermons and prayers can be short or long, held indoors or out, delivered to an audience of adults or children but should focus on protecting our national parks, national monuments, and public lands.

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Need Inspiration?

Share any or all of these resources with your congregation, family, friends 
and simply feed your own spirit:

READ: Larry Rasmussen's Lecture for the Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics at Union Seminary - Voices from science, ethics, and theology on Eco-Reformation.

Join Online Conversations re: Faith & Science 

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature. 

NEXT SESSION: Sunday, Jun. 25, 6 p.m., Greg Biddinger, PhD in Ecology, Founder, Natural Land Management



The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation

edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Hable
Forward by David Rhoads



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.


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! 


FROM 2014  Eco-Justice Commentary on the Lectionary Lessons

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Richard Perry)

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

The Second Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

Trinity Sunday in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth)

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