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Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

This is accomplished by cultivating a community of dedicated stewards of earth and neighbor who proclaim God’s promise of hope and healing for all.

We had a wonderful time with thousands of youth at: 

Check out some highlights on our Facebook page:


Also feel free to download the "walk through" program we shared there.  Consider how YOUR daily decisions impact your global neighbor. 

Download the pdf  AND please complete a pledge form so we can let others in your area know what you intend to do too!

Another additional tool to share with youth groups for a longer session is the Story of Stuff 20 minute video.  Ask your group what challenges they have with their "golden arrow". 

1) Listen: Lutherans Restoring Creation Founder, Rev. Dr. David M. Rhoads, was the guest preacher at all
worship services at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN on
 May 21, 2017. His message explains the calling we have as Christians to carry a spirit of hope and a calling to move past political differences to uphold the commitment we have in this sacred trust. [Listen here to the 15 minute sermon]

2) Discuss: Present this Covenant with Creation for Congregations to your Church Council and determine your community's openness to envelop this ministry as part of the ongoing mission of your church. How does each of your existing functions of a church reflect a reverence for the gifts of creation? (Building/Grounds, Worship, Education, etc).  If you already have a similar commitment - please share it with us so we can share your insights! 

3) Choose: Is there a person, existing committee, or group for whom this calling (to communicate with hundreds of other Lutherans across the nation) would enrich their faith formation and offer support to their work in your church? Mail or email a copy of your Covenant to us ASAP and you will be partnered with a trainer to work with the liaison(s).  LRC will help your congregation develop a custom action guide which your house of worship believes is attainable in the next 12 months. Download: LRC's Congregational Self-Organizing Kit

4) Act:  Ensure that your Church Council is behind this plan of action and will alert your synod leadership as to your intentions. Set up a calendar to check your progress by and POST it so that your fellow members ask how it's going (and how they can help). Make sure a representative from your church is on the monthly inter-synod conference calls facilitated by Lutherans Restoring Creation.  Just dive in, and if some things are harder than expected, go to the next thing on your list! Don't forget that celebrating the abundance of creation is an action in itself.

Why We Need an Eco-Reformation


Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology


Get on our Connection Calls! 

Join our flock of "green sheep" by registering (for free) here. We will send you information including the call-in details for our periodic conference calls with others in the ELCA working in this ministry at various levels!

Creation-Justice Commentary on the Lectionary 
                                                                             Archive of Lectionary Reflections

Read description and order in either hardcover or ebook format


  Read reviews by Leah D. Schade [NEW expanded version] 


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.


WELCOMING RUTH IVORY-MOORE TO THE ELCA ADVOCACY TEAM: ELCA Advocacy is delighted to introduce our new Program Director for Environment and Energy, Ruth Ivory-Moore. Ruth has had careers in chemical engineering, as a corporate legal counsel, and brings legal specialties including environmental law and climate change. Ruth is married and has two children.  She enjoys spending time with family (especially her two grandchildren) and friends. Ruth is involved with Christian education in her church and is about to embark on training to become a Stephen Minister.  Her other volunteer work includes chairing a young adult and youth leadership summit in southern Virginia, as well as addressing various community needs such as criminal law reform and health care. Welcome Ruth! 

Phoebe Morad,
Aug 18, 2016, 4:12 AM