Created + Called to Care for Creation 

(DVD, six sessions, 27 min each). 

Christians have a complex relationship with God´s creation. We have tangled up our concepts of dominion and stewardship. Many imagine eternal life means being whisked away to some other non-physical plane in the ether. In trying to be God-focused, Christians become heaven-focused, at the expense of our earthly home. 

Can Scripture and our own religious tradition help us rethink those relationships? Is there a model for care of the creation that doesn´t force us to the polarized margins?

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. EarthBound is a journey beyond the rhetoric into God´s rich and complex creation.

Discover the origins of our misconceptions about Scripture´s portrayal of creation. Recognize God´s call to us to relate to the whole creation as our vocation. And experience how God´s people throughout the Church are living out that call.

This six-part series, hosted by David Rhoads, features Walter Brueggemann, Larry Rasmussen, Barbara Rossing, Terry Fretheim, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and many others.

  • Episode 1. Created/Called (justified and free to serve the world)
  • Episode 2. Here/There (creation is earthly, material and good)
  • Episode 3. Domination/Dominion (above creation, or part of it?)
  • Episode 4. Me/We (identity in social context)
  • Episode 5. Now/Forever (short-term benefit, or eternal creation)
  • Episode 6. Enough/Too Much (scarcity and abundance)

Six 20-minute segments on two DVDs. Includes extensive study guide as a PDF on an additional CD. 

-- Gerald Iverson

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Viewer Comments:

Bethany Lutheran Church of Bainbridge Island, Washington, used the EarthBound series in an adult forum held over six Sundays, using one video segment per session. The series was a great help to Bethany's new Earth Stewardship group and its efforts to develop a deeper understanding of the Lutheran theology of creation care. The discussions following the viewing of each segment were vigorous and thought-provoking, and the spirit generated during those discussions has inspired further efforts in "greening" Bethany.
 -- Scott Ellerby, Bethany Lutheran Church

During our only face-to-face meeting of the five members of the Green Team task force, we watched session 4, We/Me of “EarthBound.”  It was a revelation to us and provided much thought concerning the individuality of our culture rather than encouraging the priority of community. . . .


I also want to compliment those who designed the DVD series. Giving personal examples of what the discussion is all about helps the viewers to grasp the meaning of the presentation and to get an understanding of its application in their own circumstances.

-- Ed Wolff, Chair, Southwestern Synod ELCA Green Team

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Peter Bakken,
Mar 18, 2015, 2:47 PM