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 In Lent, consider a Confession of Sin Against God’s Creation or A Litany for the Planet, found at the same site. Consider these creation-focused prayers for Lent in year B. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary are available. A creation-focused prayer is posted weekly on the synod leaders Facebook.
Education The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston will hold an educational event for houses of worship and their members on Feb. 4. Consider the new book, Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition for an adult study. The online Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation on Jan. 28 addresses Caring for the Plants that Care for Us and on Feb. 25 addresses Stewardship of the Waters. An Interfaith Environmental Study begins soon, with specific resources to be selected by participants. Contact email@example.com to sign up. Consider this video created by a Luther College student for youth education.
Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (+ verses & quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook page each week. Offer this Lenten devotional resource from the Columban Mission Institute to members or this Creation Covenant. Pass along these green Valentine’s Day tips. Offer the devotional Rooted and Grounded in Love to couples.
Building & Grounds Want to reduce your energy bills? Check out these energy conservation webinar recordings. Consider these water conservation tips for religious institutions, these tips for water efficient landscaping, and these suggestions for water efficient appliances. Reduce waste from your building/grounds with these tips.
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). February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month. Have kids/youth create a bird feeder for a local sanctuary/preserve, and keep it stocked with seed or suet. Keep an eye on the birds you are feeding by participating in bird counts at the sanctuary/preserve. Petition the governor of Texas to support clean energy policies.
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.