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.
“Sunday Morning Sustainability: Eco-Justice Impacts and Opportunities” (2013). Many of us have similar Sunday morning routines. They include tasks we hardly think about, like turning on a light, taking a shower, and eating breakfast. Yet, our routine actions impact people and places around the world, often contributing to environmental degradation, hunger, poverty, and chronic illness. We can help bring healing to God’s people and God’s earth by examining our routines and changing our habits to live more simply and sustainably. In doing so, we respond to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, and care for the sick (Matt 25:34-45).
A Life of Abundance: Energy and Ethics” (2012). Conversations about energy often revolve around the concept of scarcity. But the truth is that God has given us energy sources in abundance. We may have a finite supply of some sources of energy like coal and gas, but sun and wind are examples gifts from our Creator with the potential to generate power in perpetuity. Creation is brimming with energy, and a Christian perspective on energy involves acknowledging the abundance of God’s Creation and the call to care for Creation including our “neighbors.”
Click here to access these resources (PDF format) — you will need to provide your basic information to sign in to the National Council of Churches’ website and select the “ELCA version” of the resource if offered.
Preach-In kit includes activity ideas, a set of 50 bulletin inserts/postcards to send to President Obama, a table tent global warming fact sheet, pre-addressed envelope for postcards to the President, and a return survey form so you can let Interfaith Power and Light know how many postcards your congregation sent to President Obama. You also have the option of ordering more postcards and a discounted DVD. The Hungry Tide is a 53-minute film about the island nation of Kiribati, which is disappearing due to sea rise. For the Preach-In kit and other materials, go to http://www.preachin.org.
"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.