By Lisa Brenskelle
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 this Christmas sermon & this Christmas Eve sermon. A creation-focused prayer is posted weekly on the synod leaders Facebook. Consider these creation-focused prayers for Advent & Christmas in year B. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available.
Education Consider attending a Going Solar talk at Christ the King in Houston on Dec. 10 at 9:45 a.m. Several books may be of interest as educational materials: Behold the Lilies, Toward a Better Worldliness and You are There. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation on Nov. 26 addresses Connections between People and Nature from the perspectives of both scripture & science.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. A devotional for the Climate conference (Dec. 3 – Dec. 14) will be available from the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation team. Consider Celebrating with Simplicity this Christmas. Or these sustainable holiday ideas from TX Impact. The GreenFaith pledge encourages discipleship in any season.
Building & Grounds: Still using T-12 fluorescent bulbs? Convertor kits for light fixtures to go to T-8 are available and inexpensive (& save energy). Conduct a waste audit and see how you might reduce waste. Consider these water conservation resources. Another way to conserve water is to install a rain barrel. The City of Houston (and certain other municipalities) periodically have these on sale. Consider using printer/copier paper made from recycled paper or other waste materials.
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). Now that the weather is getting cooler, keep an eye out for outdoor fundraisers or hands-on stewardship events that benefit local environmental non-profits. One example is the Fall 2017 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event on Nov. 19. Advocate to preserve National Monuments or to protect both people and wildlife from wildfires.
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.