by Stephanie Lower

A group of about thirty people met on October 22, 2022, at the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center on the Susquehanna River to reflect and collaborate on Creation Care. The event was sponsored by the Lower Susquehanna Synod ELCA Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancaster. Partnering organizations included Lutheran Advocacy Ministries of PA, PA Interfaith Power and Light, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards. In addition to a welcome, remarks from Bishop Dunlop, live acoustic music over lunch, and a closing meditation, the day consisted of a morning and afternoon workshop.

Rev. Carla Christopher conducted the morning workshop on ecological Christianity and Martin Luther’s small catechism. Looking at creation care from the lens of the ten commandments provided the group with a lot to consider.

Katie Ruth, past IPC Outreach Coordinator, facilitated the afternoon workshop on how to equip your green team for success.  She “showcased” many of the projects underway or completed by congregations throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The group of attendees was a diverse group representing different ages and denominations.  The gorgeous fall weather and the picturesque venue provided for meaningful collaboration and all left feeling inspired to continue the work that is being done to care for Creation.

Stephanie Lower is the founder of the Creation Care Team at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancaster. She is also a Certified Master Watershed Steward at Penn State Master Watershed Stewards, York County, and a faithful green leader and partner congregation mentor at Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake.