The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


It's not easy being green

... but some congregations try

• Perhaps your congregation adopts a stretch of highway and routinely picks up litter.

• Maybe you’ve organized a team to confront local pollution issues.

• Or you might have a recycling bin near the church soda machine and your young people raise funds by recycling.

Whether efforts are large or small, global or local, caring for the earth is likely part of your congregation’s ministry. Or it should be, said David Rhoads, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

In partnership with Lutheran Earthkeeping Network of the Synods, Rhoads helps congregations combine environmental concerns with their faith.

Action begins with a congregational green team. The team serves as a catalyst for integrating “greening”—environmentally focused thinking and practices—into the life of the congregation and in members’ homes. Green teams are responsible for “transforming the identity of a congregation,” making care for creation integral to its identity and mission, Rhoads said.

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