Green Team

Go Green

"We celebrate the vision of hope and justice for creation, and dedicate ourselves anew. We will act out of the conviction that, as the Holy Spirit renews our minds and hearts, we also must reform our habits and social structures." - Caring for Creation Social Statement

pdf Caring for Creation (143 KB)

Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC)

The New England Synod has a network of churches and individuals who use the resources and support of a national program called Lutherans Restoring Creation. LRC is a grassroots movement of Lutherans that is driven by laity, pastors, lay professionals, synodical leadership, and others who hold positions in the ELCA and its institutions. This movement grows out of a long history of Lutheran concern (the 1993 social statement Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, and other pre-ELCA Lutheran documents) and involvement.

LRC Website

What Lutherans in New England are already doing:

Good news on several fronts: The Paris climate change accord will take effect on November 4, 2016, as 84 nations out of 197 nations that signed the treaty have ratified it, enough for the agreement to enter into force. This is an historic effort to reduce climate change. You have been part of creating a climate for change!

Thanks to NE Synod churches for your efforts to care for God’s creation!

When we asked how many clergy had been working on climate change, we received a wonderful response about your efforts. In the past year, you preached on climate change, included prayers for creation in worship, led seminars, created community gardens, worshiped outside, hosted care for creation groups, worked on energy efficiency, put solar panels on the roof, created outdoor worship spaces.

The momentum is growing! But God’s creation is in greater need of help. 

At Churchwide Assembly two important resolutions on water and on energy were passed. 

WATER RESOLUTION

Energy Resolution

Further, Bishop Hazelwood and Cardinal O’Malley have asked our churches to study the papal encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. Click below for more information and encouragement.

pdf Reformation Commemoration (106 KB)

Helpfully, the clergy heard from Dr. Diana Butler Bass at the Bishop’s Convocation in November. Her excellent new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution invites us to find God in soil, air, water, and local community. Many other clergy and Christian scholars are writing excellent books about theology and practice for creation care, including Paul Santmire, Larry Rasmussen, Cindy Moe-Loebeda, Lisa Dahill, Leah D. Schade, and Mark Wallace, among others.

Further, the ELCA Eco-Reformation document is a wonderful document from which to preach during this year-long celebration of the Reformation.

Eco Reformation

Finally, join the Lutherans Restoring Creation active leadership group. To join, or send stories of your efforts, send an email to Phoebe Morad or Pr. Nancy Wright, Co-Convenors of the New England Synod GreenTeam.

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And, watch for news about momentum toward a Watershed Sanctuary Movement in 2017 in the New England Synod. Please let Pr. Nancy know if your church would like to participate.

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Green Team Leadership

Pr. Nancy Wright, Ascension, South Burlington, VT
Environmental liaison to the New England Synod 

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pdf Read Pastor Wright's Lecture on Christianity and Environmental Injustice (107 KB)

 

Phoebe Morad, Braintree, MA
Director of Synod Training, Lutherans Restoring Creation

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Nancy Urban, Hartford, CT
Awakening the Dreamer Workshop Facilitator

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Go Green Resource List

Lutherans Restoring Creation (which includes preaching suggestions for each week)

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Green Team Leadership

Pr. Nancy Wright, Ascension, South Burlington, VT
Environmental liaison to the New England Synod 

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pdf Read Pastor Wright's Lecture on Christianity and Environmental Injustice (107 KB)

 

Phoebe Morad, Braintree, MA
Director of Synod Training, Lutherans Restoring Creation

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Nancy Urban, Hartford, CT
Awakening the Dreamer Workshop Facilitator

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Go Green Resource List

Lutherans Restoring Creation (which includes preaching suggestions for each week)

View the Resource List