REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATION
Celebrating with Creation: Songs in Support of the Eco-Reformation in 2017 & Ongoing Earth-Care by Norman C. Habel.
Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf” by Dr. Leah D. Schade
"A Shared Concern" (Poem) by Gerhard Fuerst
NEW Stop Congress from Repealing the BLM Methane Rule
Contact Congress now at the ELCA Action Center!
The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the Methane and Natural Gas Rule (Methane Rule) in November 2016. This rule reduces methane waste in the atmosphere by requiring that oil and gas operators control methane emissions, but now Congress is utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal it. The House has already voted to repeal the rule and the Senate is likely to hold its vote within the next week (as of Feb 13). The Senate must be urged to vote no on the BLM Methane CRA Resolution.
Please take action on the new BLM methane rules today at the ELCA Action Center!
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
NEW Preachers -- Take This Survey!
The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is conducting a survey on how Mainline Protestant preachers in the U.S.handle sermons on controversial justice issues.
NEW Join Online Conversations re: Faith & Science
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature. Web meetings and online screenings will occur through April. [READ MORE]
2016 CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY TAKES TWO IMPORTANT CREATION CARE ACTIONS ON ENERGY AND WATER!
Press Release: US LUTHERANS VOTE TO DISCONTINUE FOSSIL-FUEL INVESTMENTS, TO WORK TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Churchwide Assembly Resolution Urging Stewardship of the Gift of Water
Noting "the many biblical themes of renewal and liberation that water affords," and the importance of watersheds for environmental justice and creation care, the Assembly resolved to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of watersheds and water. Read the resolution. For watershed resources for congregations, download the toolkit, Our Watershed Moment, from the EcoFaith Network of the Minneapolis Synod.
RESOURCES FOR PREACHING
NEW EACH WEEK Eco-Justice Commentary on the Lectionary Lessons