Lutherans Restoring Creation applauds the appearance of the papal encyclical Laudato sii (“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.
Here are some resources.
NEW New England Synod's Bishop Hazelwood Connects with Catholics over Climate (and other) Changes
The New England Synod and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston released a letter co-authored by Bishop James Hazelwood and Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley which offers the encyclical of Pope Francis as a starting point for our joint observance of the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
“Our common ground lies in the life-giving Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” write Bishop Hazelwood and Cardinal O’Malley. “We share one baptism into Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior … As we proceed toward this observance, we give thanks for our mutual baptism into Christ Jesus and our irrevocable commitment to full visible unity. For this we must all work and pray.”
Read more on the SYNODS page
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.
Papal Encyclical Laudato Si'
The Papal Encyclical:
"All Praise to You, My Lord"