Who We Are
A grassroots movement of Lutherans that is driven by laity, pastors, lay professionals, synodical leadership, and others who hold positions in the ELCA and its institutions. This movement grows out of a long history of Lutheran concern (the 1993 social statement Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, and other pre-ELCA Lutheran documents) and involvement (1997 formation of “LENS” - Lutheran Earthkeeping Network of the Synods).
We believe that being earthkeepers is foundational to our Christian vocation and should be integral to the full life and mission of the ELCA.
We seek to empower and equip ELCA congregations, synods, seminaries, colleges and universities, outdoor ministry sites, public policy offices, social ministry organizations, and the ELCA churchwide leadership to embrace caring for creation in more substantive and meaningful ways. Lutherans Restoring Creation (“LRC”) is a program designed to encourage the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to incorporate care for creation into its full life and mission at all levels. LRC is inviting ELCA members to become partners in these efforts at the congregational, synodical, seminary, and national levels. The goal is to incorporate care for creation into the organizational patterns, worship life, educational programs, responsibility for buildings and grounds, lifestyle of members at home and work, and public ministry of all of these institutions, so that earthkeeping and justice for all earth community becomes integral to the identity and purpose of our church.
To Live Out This Vision
We will work to engage these institutions in earth care in all that they do. We acknowledge that institutions will be entering at different levels of experience and commitment and face different challenges in different parts of the country. They will also vary in their financial and human resources to meet the challenge.
The role of LRC will be to provide a variety of initiatives, suggestions, resources, and networking opportunities to empower institutions of the ELCA to move forward. We believe that this program has the potential to deepen faith, increase commitment, and revitalize the life of the church.
In all that we do, we seek to engage this work as a response to the grace of God manifested throughout creation, in the person of Jesus, and in communion with the Holy Spirit – knowing that it is ultimately God’s creative and redemptive love for creation that prompts us and sustains us in this work. We welcome the prayers and the support of all who would join with us in this work.