What if Less is More in Creation Care?
> During the initial COVID shutdowns, there were parts of the non-human world that seemed to sigh with relief. When have you had to shut down and found yourself sighing with relief?
> What are ways that you offer yourself Sips of Sabbath throughout the day?
> When was the last time you experienced that the Earth is Good?


Less of what?! Do you think you know what we're going to recommend? We would like to challenge you on that. :)

Hear from Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) Director Phoebe Morad. "As I am coming off of a retreat that was led by the Center for Spirituality in Nature, my whole being is ready to share what I think is the most appealing and critical part of Creation Care ministry: REST. As Lutherans Restoring Creation we believe that our relationship with God, each other, and the planet is what needs restoring. We are not here to fix, control, or shame. We will talk about a number of opportunities that are implicitly better for ourselves, our neighbors, and the planet."

Phoebe has been drawn to the intersection of faith and environment since college, where she had an open-minded, agnostic political science professor challenge her to explore how spirit-led movements could make an impact in civic debates around eco-justice. She got to work with a citizen-science research organization (Earthwatch) and then got to help communities build homes with their neighbors (South Shore Habitat for Humanity), until 2010 when she was introduced to Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC). This grassroots movement in the ELCA -- led by clergy, lay people, campus ministers, outdoor camp staff, and seminary professors -- offers a support system to connect, empower, and equip one another. In 2017, this network became an official nonprofit with a vision to promote the integration of creation care into the full life of the church. Now, as Director of LRC, Phoebe gets to lift up stories from across the ELCA and help leverage the assets of our affiliate organizations. She also facilitates a global virtual certificate course at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, which encourages faith-based action as part of the Center for Climate Justice and Faith. When she's not on Zoom meetings, she's either walking her dog, petting a cat, carting her busy kids around, or watching a comedy with her husband. She lives just outside of Boston, where the Massachusett people originally and continually care for the land.

We invite you to bring a spirit of curiosity to these online gatherings, and then continue living with curiosity in every area of your life and in all your relationships. What are you noticing? What might you be missing? Where is Spirit moving? How are you being invited to participate in the work God is already doing outside the walls of the building where the church gathers?