Lutherans Restoring Creation
Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) is a grass-roots effort designed to encourage the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to incorporate care for creation into its full life and mission at all levels. The goal is to incorporate care for creation into the organizational patterns, worship life, educational programs, responsibility for buildings and grounds, discipleship of members at home and work, and public ministry leadership development—so that Earth-keeping and justice for all Earth community become integral to the identity and purpose of our church.
The 2015 Central States Synod Assembly adopted a resolution to become an LRC Synod. A CSS Lutherans Restoring Creation Mission Table was formed and members have been active in getting organized, setting goals, forming a vision, gathering information from congregations, and planning this retreat for interested individuals in February. CSS LRC Mission Table members are committed to helping equip our Synod congregations and members live out our vocation as earth-keepers who care for creation.
The 2018 Central States Synod Assembly adopted a resolution to encourage congregations to become 'Green Congregations' by forming green teams.
For more information visit:
Lutherans Restoring Creation Website - Lutherans Restoring Creation Blog - Greening Congregations PowerPoint Presentation
Need help getting started or have an idea, but don’t know how to proceed?
We can help! Here are some resource people to assist you:
Community Gardening - Jane Meyerkord: member at Atonement Lutheran, Florissant, MO; their congregation started a community garden with financial help from various sources and in partnership with their school in their church. Produce is given to children and their families, members of the congregation, and local charities. Jane and her fellow gardeners have much wisdom to share (from both successes and challenges) for those who would like to start a community garden. Contact: email@example.com
Advocacy - Gary Anderson: member at First Lutheran, in Topeka, KS – Gary is a member of the Sierra Club and is trained to do presentations from Blessed Tomorrow and Climate Reality Project on advocacy and working with people of differing perspectives. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy savings in your building – Cindy Gross: member of Bethel Lutheran in University, MO; Bethel was the first worship facility to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri. ENERGY STAR Certification recognizes efficient energy use in buildings. Cindy and other members of their Green Team continue their great work and can help you, too. Contact: email@example.com
Worship and Education – Sheryl Mehrhoff: member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran in Columbia, MO; Sheryl has done numerous worship services and educational events for all ages, including working with Dakota Road to use their Liturgy for Earthkeeping; intergenerational VBS to learn about the environment where they live; and a Lenten discussion group on Wild Hope, by Gayle Boss. Sheryl has ideas and inspiration to share. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many more people are available to you through Lutherans Restoring Creation. Contact Noni Strand at email@example.com if you need assistance. We’ll work to connect you with the right person or group to help you with your Creation Care efforts!
Earth Charter Implementation and Action
Central States Synod joins Metro New York, New England, and Delaware/Maryland Synods in implementing the Earth Charter with funding from SOLI (Stewardship of Life Institute at United Theological Institute in Gettysburg, PA).
The 2019 ELCA Church Wide Assembly endorsed the Earth Charter (Charter). The Charter is neither a theological nor an environmental document, but a global ethical foundational document calling for actions to build a more just, sustainable, and peaceful society. The Earth Charter articulates the values and principles for achieving sustainable development, and for demonstrating a mindset of global interdependence and shared responsibility while offering a vision of hope and a call to action. The principles of the Earth Charter align very well with ELCA social teachings. An overview of the Charter can be obtained by viewing this short video. . .
For more information, or to inquire about joining this Earth Charter initiative, please contact a member of the CSS Earth Charter Leadership Team:
Megan Spilker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Woeppel, email@example.com
Kaylie Ines, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Mundy, email@example.com
Ben Perrin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Noni Strand, email@example.com
Resources for Creation Care
Butterfly, hummingbird, pollinator, native plant, community gardens
conservation and environmental groups