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Caring for Creation as Christian Vocation Discussion
October 21, 2018 @ 9:45 am - 11:00 am
In 1993, the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA adopted Caring for Creation as an official social statement to guide the church’s teaching and advocacy on this issue (You can find this statement, as well as an introduction, a summary, and a study guide. Since the statement’s adoption, the threats to the health of our Earth home have multiplied and increased in urgency, making our vocation as Earth Stewards all the more important. How can we more faithfully fulfill that vocation as a congregation, as families and individuals? This session will be the starting point for an ongoing conversation at Our Redeemer’s regarding how we choose to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face in this regard.
Lutherans Restoring Creation is a ministry and movement within the ELCA to assist individuals and congregations in exploring and improving their Creation Stewardship. LRC has published a Congregational Covenant with Creation, and is inviting congregations to consider adopting the covenant as part of their mission and ministry. The Covenant with Creation, along with many other resources, can be found on the LRC web site.
The discussion leader will be Nelson Bock, M.Div. As a member of Wartburg College’s Religion Faculty, Nelson taught Christian Ethics and Environmental Studies for 25 years. He is a GreenFaith Fellow, having completed GreenFaith’s training in religious and environmental leadership in 2008.