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 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

 Creation Care 101 Webinar - June 18, 2022

Did you miss the recent webinar?  Click on the slide below to watch the recording.

 Creation Care 101

For an earlier very helpful webinar click on the slide for “Creation Care in the Time of Covid".

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Caring for Creation

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. Many publications by Lutheran theologians, a manual for greeting congregations, worship resources and other information are accessible available on this highly informative website.

LRC Website

We recently received an inquiry from a group of students in Bay Minette, Alabama who are researching creation care and came across our website.  They suggested the following resource for individuals looking to "Go Green at Home" - that resource may be found here.

What Lutherans in New England are already doing:

The reinvigorated Green Team invites you and your congregations to be aware of Lenten and Earth Day Resources. We affirm that caring for God’s creation as part of church leadership-is now imperative.

Below are helpful, informative resources:

https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/ways-to-integrate-creation-care-to-your-lenten-practices/ 

https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/50-covenants-for-50-years-of-earth-day/ 

http://www.creationjustice.org/earth-day-sunday.html

https://vow4climate.org/manual-order-form-congregational-watershed-manuals

We available to answer any questions and to provide additional resources.

Pr. Nancy

The Rev. Dr. Nancy G. Wright, D.Min, Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church, www.alcvt.org, 802-862-8866

Team Members include Pr. Cindy Jacobson, Pr. John Stendahl, Phoebe Morad, Erik Backus, Pr. Joe McGarry (Team Coach)

 

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Congregations can grow in leadership and strength by caring for water!

Congregations can download the manual for free at www.vtcleanwaternetwork.org/communities-of-faith or www.vtipl.org. For high resolution print copies, spiral bound to conveniently lie flat, congregations may order the manual at www.vow4climate.org/store. Here is a link to access the order form: https://vow4climate.org/manual-order-form-congregational-watershed-manuals/

Let’s mobilize for watershed care and support each other. Here is how:

  • Order or download the manual.
  • On this link you can find your watershed: https://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/drought/2b.html. Now you know what watershed your congregation is in. What is the state of the water? What organizations are working to steward the water? How can your congregation grow in leadership to become a water disciple?
  • We are ready to help.
  • If you wish us to be in touch with you to foster your leadership as watershed stewards, we are glad to do so. Please contact Pr. Nancy Wright, and we will be glad to come to your church to foster your leadership in this area or to consult by phone.
  • As your congregation becomes active, you will want to learn more about Lutherans Restoring Creation (www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org). Phoebe Morad may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Water Stewardship ResolutionAND ECO-REFORMATION RESOLUTIONS

Resolutions are moving our advocacy forward. For the Churchwide Resolution on Water go to https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/churchwide-assembly-resolution-urging-stewardship-of-the-gift-of-water. For the resolution on Eco-Reformation, go to https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/resolutions-new-england. For additional resolutions from synods in the national church, go to:  https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/advocacy/resolutions/#resolutions+p:2.

pdf Reformation Commemoration (106 KB)

Further, the ELCA Eco-Reformation document is a wonderful document from which to preach. Groundwork for Eco-Reformation observances was laid in the document above.

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-Conveners of the New England Synod GreenTeam.

 

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If you'd like to join the Green Team's monthly calls, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the Zoom link.  

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

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