Archive of Past Events

Clergy Climate Training

Ashland First United Methodist Church

Ashland, Oregon

May 1-3, 2018.

This conference will train ministers to address the reality of climate change in the American West. It is open to all congregations in the western United States and their extension ministries, and offers faith leaders the opportunity to network, learn how to best support their communities and congregations, and process the hope and grief of climate work in a sacred sanctuary space.

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Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series.

2018 theme: Stewardship

2017 theme: Connections between Humans and Nature

Archive of Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

Drawdown EcoChallenge
April 4 - 25, 2018

During the three-week challenge period, you form new habits that act to counter climate change.  Choose from categories such as electricity generation, women & girls, buildings & cities, food, land use, transport, and materials.  Form a team with others in your church, synod, or community and make a positive impact!
To learn more, go to

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston formed a team. If you have questions, contact Lisa Brenskelle at

*Check out the Central States Synod Mission Table Events*

Feb 17th: Dozens of Lutherans Gather at Tomah Shinga Camp to plan for their greener future!

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LutherRanch (GA) Hosts Green Sheep from Many Flocks!

February 2-4 Retreat - Restore - Renew
Over the course of two nights and three days 26 people from 8 different states gathered to equip one another with the spirit of Resurrection before Lent even got started! Check out our agenda and let us know if you think something like this would be helpful in your area. We will be following up with these participants to ensure they follow through on the action plans they put into to motion. Thanks to Region IX Stewardship Council & ELCA Domestic Mission, Stewardship for your support!

February 5-7th First Call Training for Region 9's New Pastors
Pastors from Puerto Rico at LutherRanch
As part of an intensive training for new clergy throughout the southeastern US, Lutherans Restoring Creation offered a variety of resources to integrate being a steward of God's creation within the foundations of church life. Over 50 emerging pastors created a custom action plan to take back to their congregations and implement over the next year. Plans range from starting a compost area, to hosting a Blessing of the Combines service, to putti
ng up solar panels. Contact us if your congregation wants to follow this process too! 

Creation Care Boot Camp 
First Lutheran in Albany, NY
This is what Boot Camp looks like for shepherds of green sheep...
In January lay leaders, pastors and public servants came together to renew a commitment to make steps towards living out their faith as seen through the lens of Earth-keeping.  Contact us if you are looking for other events or trainers in the northeast to help your church do the same!


Becoming Carbon Neutral

Sunday, August 6

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston presents a lecture on "Becoming Carbon Neutral." Jim Blackburn, Professor in the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, will help us understand what carbon neutral design is for our faith institutions as well as ourselves. 
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Journey of the Universe 

Online film screening on Feb. 27, 6:30 at 8 p.m. (Central Time) with follow-up Educational Series/Conversations on most Mondays & Fridays through Apr. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Central Time). This Emmy-award winning documentary narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe's development in a way that is accessible to everyone. All sessions (documentary and educational series of 20 filmed conversations) will be held online via web meeting.  

Creation Care and Climate Change: It’s About the Kids!

February 25 at 8:30 AM CST - 4:00 PM 
Briarwood Retreat Center, 670 Copper Canyon Rd., Argyle, TX

An outstanding faculty will outline the theological and biblical context for creation care and the Church’s responsibility to future generations. They will show us the urgent need to live out a bold vision: to reduce our carbon footprint and take an active role in public policy.

Presenters include:

Dr. Barbara Rossing, New Testament professor, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program, Stanford University
Cheryl Simmons, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Bee Moorhead and the Rev. Sam Brannon, Texas Impact
Bishop Erik Gronberg, NT-NL Synod, ELCA

Discussion will probe next steps. What should we do next, after this event is over? Let’s work together to come up with ideas to bring to individuals, congregations, and the global church. How might the church encourage action everywhere that will address the pressing problem of climate change?

"Into Local Waters: 
Re-Wilding the Study of Christian Spirituality"
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality Presidential Address

Lisa E. Dahill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University

Saturday, November 21, 2016 9:00-10:15 am
In conjunction with the American Academy of Religion/Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

March 22-24, 2017, New York

Trinity Institute 2017 has concluded, but you can still access related videos, webinars, and other resources
 The conference focus included:
  • Developing a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift;
  • Exploring the relationship between water issues and climate change; and
  • Measures to mitigate and adapt to water issues of access, pollution, drought, flooding and rising tides.
The speakers included: Jeffrey SachsChristiana PeppardWinston HalapuaThabo MakgobaKatharine Hayhoe, and Maude Barlow.

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