Observing the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Resources for an Eco-Justice Renewal of the Church

 

Challenge:


Theological Foundations for an Eco-Justice Reformation:


NEW See-Remember-Connect: A blog and website on church and society, including reflections on the implications of the Reformation for today, by Karen L. Bloomquist, who directed the development of ELCA social statements, and directed the theological department of the Lutheran World Federation.


“Waiting for the Lutherans.” Article by Larry Rasmussen. All creation is groaning and waiting for the revelation of children of God who will fulfill their vocation to care for Earth. So where are the Lutherans? http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/april-2010-currents-issue-1

 

“A Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation.” Article by David Rhoads. What would we have to consider if we drew upon our Lutheran traditions to deepen and broaden our theology, ethics, Bible reading, and spiritual discipline to encompass God’s creation? This article gives a thumbnail sketch of Lutheran theology for an Eco-Justice Reformation. View the article

 

American Lutherans Engage Ecological Theology: The First Chapter, 1962-2012, And Its Legacy. H. Paul Santmire. History of Lutheran Contributions to ecological theology. http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/american-lutherans-engage-ecological-theology.

 

Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology. Edited by Karla Bohmbach & Shauna Hannen, Editors. What does Lutheran theology have to say, especially by way of themes and thinkers, that might help Lutherans think through the ever-expanding theological conversations and on our role and place in this creation? Contibutors include Lisa E. Dahill, Wanda Deifelt, Cameron Harder, Henry J. Langknecht, James Martin-Schramm, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Mark Narum, Richard Perry, David Rhoads, H. Paul Santmire, Leah D. Schade, Benjamin M. Stewart, George (Tink) Tinker. Order from Lutheran University Press.

 

Books on Ecological Justice and Earth-Care by Lutherans:


Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. By Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Fortress, 2013)

 

Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key. By Larry Rasmussen (Oxford, 2013)

 

Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality. By Paul Santmire (Fortress, 2014)

 

Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy. By James Martin-Schramm (Fortress, 2010)

 

Holy Ground: A Liturgical Cosmology By Gordon Lathrop (Fortress Press, 2003).

 

A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology. By Benjamin Stewart (Fortress Press, 2011).

 

Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place by Peter Bakken and Jeff Wild (Augsburg Fortress, 2009).

 

God, Creation, and Climate Change: Spiritual and Ethical Perspectives edited by Karen Bloomquist (LWF Publication 2009)

 

Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology Edited by Karla Bohmbach and Shauna Hannan (Lutheran University Press (2013)

 

Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future. By Mark Wallace (Fortress, 2010)

 

God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation By Terrence Fretheim (Abingdon, 2005).

 

Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology, and Ethic, collected works of Joseph Sittler edited by Peter Bakken and Steven Bouma-Prediger (Eerdmans, 2000).

 

The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary. Edited by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire (Fortress, 2011).

 

Further bibliography on theology, ethics, and biblical studies:http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/bibliography-of-ecology-and-faith

 

Video Series.


Earthbound. This six-part video is a cutting-edge series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Luther´s breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across God´s magnificent creation. EarthBound recognizes God´s call to us to relate to the whole creation as our vocation. Experience how God´s people throughout the Church are living out that call. This six-part series, hosted by David Rhoads, with Walter Brueggemann, Larry Rasmussen, Barbara Rossing, Terry Fretheim, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and many others. Now available for half price:

http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/highlights/videos/earthbound-dvd-educational-series

 

Resources for Congregations and Members


Becoming a Care for Creation Congregation: A Self-Organizing Kit with Resources and Guidelines. Do you want to become a care-for-creation congregation? This self-organizing kit will give clear instructions for your congregation to embrace the vocation, set up a green team, carry out an action plan, and establish your identity in solidarity with other Lutheran congregations who see eco-justice ministry as integral to their life and mission. A simple 18-page, step-by-step process for becoming a church that incorporates creation-care into the life and mission of your congregation. https://sites.google.com/a/lutheransrestoringcreation.org/www/congregational-kit

 

Personal Covenant with Creation. Can you urge your members to embrace care for creation in their discipleship at home and work? Here is a checklist of commitments your members can make to extend their stewardship into the realm of God’s creation in their whole life.

http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/individuals/covenant-with-creation

If you choose to dedicate the Personal Covenant with Creation in a worship service, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/lutheransrestoringcreation.org/www/ritual-for-a-covenant-with-creation.

 

Advocacy: Urge members to sign up for the ELCA advocacy network and receive action alerts from the ELCA Environmental office in Washington, DC. http://www.capwiz.com/elca/mlm/signup/?ignore_cookie=1

 

Websites for Congregational Resources


Lutherans Restoring Creation. www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org. Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grass roots movement fostering care for creation through the life and institutions of the ELCA: congregations, synods, seminaries, colleges, outdoor ministries, and social ministry organizations. There is support for preaching and the devotional life of members. There are programs for congregations to reduce energy usage and carbon footprint (Energy Stewards Initiative) and to join a certification program (with GreenFaith). There are numerous stories from across the church witnessing to our common commitment to care for creation.

 

Let All Creation Praise Worship Resources. www.letallcreationpraise.org. Let All Creation Praise is sponsored by Lutherans Restoring Creation to provide worship resources for creation-care worship throughout the church year and special occasions. It also has all the resources needed to celebrate an optional four-week Season of Creation.