Get Involved. As a pastor, lay professional, or seminary student, you can be a leader in creation care. On this page, you will find resources and examples for what you can do in your role in parish life. Let us know what you are doing or what resources you have discovered or created, so that we can post them to inspire, educate, and encourage others. Contact David Rhoads at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELCA calling from "Vision and Expectations"
Stewardship of the Earth
"The people of God are called to the care and redemption of all that God has made. This includes the need to speak on behalf of this earth, its environment and natural resources and its inhabitants. This church expects that its ordained ministers will be exemplary stewards of the earth’s resources, and that they will lead this church in the stewardship of God’s creation."
From Vision and Expectations for Ordained Clergy of the ELCA.
ELCA commission to speak truth about the ecological state of the world? Click here.
Clergy have such high instances of stress, weight problems, hypertension, depression and heart problems that poor health is becoming a characteristic of the profession. The kind of frenetic lifestyles that pastors -- and our society -- lead also contribute to our planet's "health crisis." Read More
17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher in 2017
by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
Leah D. Schade
Informed by years of experience as an environmental activist and minister, Leah Schade equips preachers to interpret the Bible through a “green” lens, become rooted in environmental theology, and learn how to understand their preaching context in terms of the particular political, cultural, and biotic setting of their congregation.
MORE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
LRC Pastors Guide: The role of ELCA Pastors in the Care of the Earth
Preaching. LRC has weekly commentary on the lessons, links to sermons online, and more.
Worship. See our worship site for year-around resources + the Season of Creation.
Parish Education Many resources + "Earthbound” Six-part DVD series Click here to view a trailer and order at half price.
Pastoral Care Renew your life with a relationship with nature.
Devotional life Resources for personal and church use.
Pastors: Creation Care Resources