Your LRC Synod Training Coordinator
NEW Tales from a Green Sheep
** Fossil Fuel Divestment from religious circles draws media attention:
See 6/30/2013 Boston Globe Article**
"Let's keep on keeping on living as we want the world to be!"New England Synod Takes the Challenge
Nancy Urban, LRC New England Synod
At the New England 2013 Assembly, June 7-9, voters agreed to urge the restraint of hydraulic fracturing and request an eventual divestment of church funds from fossil fuel companies. LRC Synod Trainer, Nancy Urban, was also there to challenge everyone passing by to see how "cool" their congregation was with a game giving points to those who have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Beyond winning a delicious piece of Fair Trade chocolate as an reward for playing the game, we learned as a community that we are ready to take on the most meaningful challenges of caring for creation. While progress was made on paper and good conversation, it must be seen how the actions of our members and congregations enact the good intentions of these statements. See full versions of what was voted on at the bottom of this page.
The weekend that Boston's Copley Square re-opened after the devastating Marathon Bombings brought healing and refreshment in many forms. A large gathering of ecumenical environmental groups gathered for worship and networking all day of April 27th. LRC was one of many featured groups at a poster session. New England ELCA Bishop Hazelwood was part of a panel discussion commenting on critical nature of climate change as a social justice issue. Read more.
Nurturing a Network and Celebrating a Season of Creation
The mission of the Northwest Minnesota Synod Creation Care Team is “to nurture a growing network that inspires our congregations and their members to live out God's call to be stewards of the earth for the sake of the whole creation.” At their first retreat in February, the Team did just that. Read More
Many Voices Come Together to Make Big Reverberations
Twenty-nine Lutherans from across Pennsylvania and beyond gathered at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA, the last weekend in January to become LRC trainers. They were empowered to return to their synods and congregations with the tools, connections and renewed faith to restore creation. Read more.
SYNOD CONTACTS AND REPORTS
Contact persons and reports in alphabetical order for all of the ELCA synods.
Submit a Report on what your synod is doing for creation care.
RESOURCES FOR YOUR SYNOD
You may download these resources, print, and reproduce for your use.
Suggestion: Meet with your synodical office's physical plant manager to investigate the use of sustainable office supplies. Click here for an Archive of Suggestions.
LCR is committed to training a small group of leaders from each of the ELCA synods to bring care-for-creation more deeply into congregations in their synod and in the life of the synod as a whole. The one or two day training workshops include information about the degradation of the environment and the related issues of human justice. The workshop offers congregational resources and strategies for congregations in worship, education, building and grounds, discipleship at home and work, and public ministry and advocacy. Synods and congregations are a linchpin for significant work in caring for creation. LRC has completed three training workshops for representative leaders from 12 synods.
The Training Workshop Plan: LRC has developed a working agreement with participating synods. The bishop of each synod and a representative of the synodical creation-care committee sign a document of agreement.
LRC agrees to:
· Provide training for 3 to 5 representatives of the synod
· Covers all expenses for trainingeco-faith
· Offers a grant of $500.00 to the synod to plan and carry out an eco-faith event for their synod
Each synod agrees to
· Send representatives will participate in the training event
· Who in turn will train six new congregations in their synod in creation care
· Who will host an eco-justice event planned by them for all interested congregations sometime in the year following the workshop.
The aim is to train synodical representatives who will in turn train congregational leaders.
Read More about the Overall LCR Plan of Workshops for Synod Trainers
See the List of Resources made available to participants at the Training Event
Workshops in Planning:
Washington State Synods: Fall 2013.
South Central Wisconsin and Neighboring Synods: Fall 2013.
If you would like to explore training for leaders in your synod, contact Phoebe Morad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago, October 2010. On October 1-2, 2010, LRC sponsored a two-day training session at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in Oregon, IL. Five synods in the ELCA: Greater Milwaukee, Louisiana Texas, Gulf Coast, New England, Oregon, and Southeastern Minnesota. The program was organized and led by Alycia Ashburn along with members of the LRC steering committee. Twenty-five people from the representative synods participated in this event (fifteen under 35 years of age). See the Agenda.
Mid-Atlantic Synods. Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center, MD, November 2011. On November 4-5 of 2011, we repeated the training with nineteen leaders representing six Mid-Atlantic synods at Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference Center in Jefferson, MD: New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Upper Susquehanna, Delaware-Maryland, Metro-Washington, and Virginia-Western Maryland. This was led by Alycia Ashburn, Mary Minette, as well as Brian Brandt and Phoebe Morad, who attended the first training workshop in 2010. There was much enthusiasm and positive feedback from this training event. List of Participants See the Agenda.
Twin Cities, MN, March 2012. In March 2012, LRC sponsored a one-day training event in the Twin Cities for leaders from two synods: Minneapolis Synod and St. Paul Synod. This was a unique training event in that it was a hybrid between a training event for synodical leaders and a workshop for creation-care team representatives of congregations. Twenty eight people gathered representing eleven congregations in these two synods. They were trained to initiate new teams or to strengthen those already existing. At the same time, leaders of the synod were trained who have made a commitment to seek out eco-justice leaders in other Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin synods and take responsibility to train them for their synod. See Notes from the Workshop.
Pennsylvania Synods: January 25-26, 2013 at the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Read a report of the workshop
Northeastern Regional Gathering/Reunion: August 8-10, 2013 at the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Read response from attendee, Lousia Rettew from St. John's in Sweet Air MD.
Between Economy and Ecology: April 6 2013 A stewardship workshop for seminarians, pastors and leaders in ELCA congregations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. <learn more> Schedule included.