The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public ministry/advocacy. For some timely tips in these areas, see below:
Worship Get inspired by these sermons on watershed discipleship. Or consider this water-focused sermon from the World Council of Churches. A liturgy for watershed discipleship is also available. Consider these seasonal creation-focused prayers for Pentecost in year B. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available.
Education Consider this water-centered curriculum for kids. The adult study, Every Creature Singing, is an interesting option from the Mennonite tradition. Climate Church, Climate World is a thought-provoking book for an adult study. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation on July 29, Houston’s Green Building Resource Center, and on Aug. 26, Sustainability at Rice University, educate on practical creation care. Plan now to attend All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. Share the weekly reflection posted on the synod leaders Facebook page on your church FB. Pass along these tips for living sustainably from Interfaith Power & Light. Help members to travel green this summer. Offer this video meditation for members’ home use.
Building & Grounds For a construction project, use surplus or recycled building materials from: ReUse Warehouse, ReUse People & Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If your project saves energy and/or water, consider PACE financing (now available in Houston, Fort Bend County & elsewhere in TX). To reduce paper use, create re-usable seasonable bulletins. With this approach, only a small insert with hymns & lessons for the day is printed each Sunday. If you order supplies online, but are still receiving paper catalogues, contact suppliers to remove you from their mailing list. A simple way to conserve water is to ensure downspouts are routed such that they water plantings.
Public Ministry/Advocacy: The weekly Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation features volunteer events in the greater Houston area (see upcoming opportunities link). August is National Water Quality Month. Picking up trash from roads/sidewalks prevents these items from washing down the sewers & negatively impacting water quality. Or, organize a Stream Team to monitor a nearby body of water over time. Petition the governor of TX to ban Styrofoam which pollutes TX waterways. Petition Congress to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
For more information on any of the above, or for creation care assistance/information, contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team by writing to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us.