Chicago Table Talks


Last January, Trinity Seminary student Delaney Schlake sat down with members of the LSTC faculty and staff to talk about their passions and hopes for the present and future of creation care at the seminary. [Read More]

Youth Volunteers Improve Energy Efficiency at Koinonia

How many young people does it take to screw in a light bulb? What sounds like the start to an overused joke was in fact a serious question when high school youth volunteered to help improve energy efficiency at Koinonia Camp. [Read More]

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life,Death and the Environment 

by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

"[The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago] produces 400 cubic feet of compost each year for its vegetable and landscape gardens, diverting more than 800 cubic feet of waste from the landfill, said Jim Schaal, sustainability coordinator. [Read the full RNS story]

Click here for more information about and pictures of composting at LSTC.


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


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Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons, Conference, August 7-9, 2014.  Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Register before April 1, 2014 to receive the Earlybird rate. [Read more] 


Videos, Greening Congregation Guides and more


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Order EarthBound video series at half price using LRC discount coupon!

This cutting-edge series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Luther´s breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across God´s magnificent creation.


NEW         Advocacy

UN Climate Summit: The UN Secretary General has convened world leaders in September to address decisions on climate. [Read more].

The People’s March at the UN Climate Summit, September 21. The Peoples Climate March has been organized for Sunday, September 21 to demonstrate massive public support for the goals of the UN Climate Summit. Join the March with other Lutherans. [Learn More].

Clean air for all God’s children: ELCA invites you to support the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions. [Read More and Take Action]

Petition to address climate change. National Religious Partnership for the environment is gathering signatures on a petition to address climate change to be delivered to the Senate and Administration in September before the UN Climate Summit. Read and sign the petition:

News release: ELCA and Episcopal Presiding Bishops support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on carbon emissions.[Read More]

News release: The Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly voted for repeal of all environmental and public health exemptions on shale gas and oil drilling. [Read More]

LRC PROFILE: Lisa Dahill
Seminaries Page Co-editor

Lisa Dahill is Associate Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH.  

She is a poet and spiritual director, eager to connect with any and all who share passions for thinking the faith outdoors.[Read More]

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NEW EACH WEEK  The Common Lectionary

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth). If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth). Jesus calms the storm--not by dominating nature but by restoring harmony and peace.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth). Care of Earth and Care of the Poor go hand in hand as two aspects of the service of creation.

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost in Year A (by Dennis Ormseth). Feast on these parables from nature! The kingdom of God is messy business indeed!

Archive of Care for Creation Commentary

Archive of commentary for the Season of Creation

BE A PRESENCE AT YOUR SYNOD CONVENTION: Click here for ideas/resources.


Sermons from the Interfaith Power & Light National Preach-In on Climate Change

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Harnessing “The Butterfly Effect”

A Joint Book Review of

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda 


Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver

By The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, Ph.D.

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Companion sites:

ELCA care for creation

ELCA advocacy actions