Resources for Lent
You may already be vegetarian. If so we applaud you. If you eat meat, we hope that you to choose meat raised by farmers using Earth-friendly practices that treat animals humanely and produce healthy food.
At the same time, we invite you to join in observing a discipline for six weeks as a 2013 Lenten Discipline. Congregations can enlist individuals and families to observe one day a week with a vegetarian meal, designed to reduce the carbon emissions that come from the raising of animals for food and also to contribute the money you save to ELCA World Hunger Campaign.
Click here for the full resources for observing Vegetable Mondays for six weeks: Introduction, prayers, recipes, facts about hunger. We invite others to contribute meatless recipes that we will post on the site to David Rhoads at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Renewing the Face of the Earth: Lenten Reflections on Air”
For vibrant Lenten faith-sharing groups using material with an ecological emphasis, check out this program developed by Terri MacKensie, SHCJ for catholic audiences (adapt as needed). “Renewing the A five-session resource, “Renewing the Face of the Earth” can enhance group prayer and sharing, build community, deepen awareness of God's presence and action within creation, increase participants' understanding of air pollution and global warming, and motivate participants to action. This free resource is available for downloading: http://www.shcj.org/amer/documents/2012LentReflectionBookAir_001.pdf.
For a companion Web site with lots of Earth images, go to www.seescapes.com
Earth Day Resources
Earth Day, now a world-wide observance involving one billion people, is always on April 22. See Earth Day Network for the Campaign for Communities "Global Day of Conversation" and EDN's "A Billion Acts of Green".EDN also has a Green Schools campaign and an Educators Network.
“A Life of Abundance: Energy and Ethics”
Interfaith Power & Light offers an Earth Day program called "Sow a Cool Harvest" — faith garden ideas for a cooler planet. This program is filled with inspirational stories from faith gardens across the country. It includes ideas for installing raised beds, building a worm composting bin (which kids love), tips on choosing seeds, and ideas for what to do with all the produce. If you are unable to plant a garden, you will still find useful information in the organization's kit — ideas such as, hosting a farmers' market, being the hub of community supported agriculture, or gleaning healthy food for redistribution. When you order, you will also receive, free of charge, Enjoy a Cool Harvest "dinner and a movie" organizer's kit. This program is designed to help you gently raise awareness within your community about climate-friendly food choices. It includes ideas for hosting your own "cool potluck". Those are free programs. And when you order the kits, we're also able to pass along a really good deal on the companion DVDs: DIRT! and Nourish.
A Global Day of Prayer for Creation Care, April 26, 2012 is coordinated by the Evangelical Environmental Network.