Lutherans Restoring Creation
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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 a 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
What our congregations are doing to care for creation:
The Bridge Market and Faith Community, St. Charles, MO
"Urban Stitchers" group crochets mats made out of recycled plastic bags for unsheltered individuals
Formed a "Bridging Hunger Project" that planted and harvested hardy vegetables in an organic farm that rents plots. Vegetables were given to a pantry in a food desert area of St. Louis
Children's Memorial Lutheran, Kansas City, MO
Cut energy use by not heating/cooling entire building
Worship in gathering space vs. sanctuary
Increased use of dinnerware
Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church, Sedalia, MO
Installed a 12 kilowatt solar energy system, estimated to produce 15,000 kilowatt hours of solar electricity annually. In terms of environmental equivalencies, offsetting 23,332 pounds of CO2 is like eliminating the emissions caused by burning 1,186 gallons of gas each year or by planting 271 tree seedlings, grown for 10 years
Resources for Creation Care
Butterfly, hummingbird, pollinator, native plant, community gardens
conservation and environmental groups
The Kansas Climate + Health Declaration aims to increase awareness of the impacts of climate change on public health, to increase civic engagement on climate action in Kansas, and to advance policies that build community resilience and safeguard the future of Kansas. We encourage Kansas individuals, congregations, denominations, and other organizations to sign the Declaration.