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2021 EcoFaith Summit: Now the Green Blade Rises - Storytelling for the Healing of Creation

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2021 EcoFaith Summit:

Now the Green Blade Rises: Storytelling for the Healing of Creation

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom

Hosted by the EcoFaith Network of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod

Together with the EcoFaith Network of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Lutheran Advocacy Minnesota, Lutherans Restoring Creation, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, the St. Paul Area Synod Care of Creation Work Group, and Together Here Ministries - Northeastern Minnesota Synod

Goal: Through the telling of personal and biblical stories, to strengthen the grassroots movement among the People of God to hear the cry of creation and heed God’s call to respond

For whom: earthkeeping teams, ministry leaders, and all the People of God throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond

Registration: Select a Donation ticket in addition to your registration ticket. Donations can also be mailed to: NE MN Synod, 1105 E Superior St. Upper Suite, Duluth, MN 55802 - "EcoFaith" in the memo line.


  • Speaker Professor Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Director of Environmental Studies Program
  • Diverse storytellers (see names below)
  • Small group breakout sessions in which each participant has the opportunity to react, dream, consider future actions and tell their own stories
  • Now the Green Blade Rises Music videos as performed for the Moments of Arising videos, with musical arranger and director Paul Jacobson, and filmmaker Linda Kalweit


  • Kevin Anderson – Director, Family Freedom Center, Duluth
  • Johanna Bernu – 8th grade, Descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Ricky Defoe - Spiritual Elder, Pipe Carrier, Fond du Lac Member
  • Tom Uecker – Founder, Duluth Monarch Buddies
  • Alicia Green - Creation Care Team Member, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa
  • A story teller to be named centering on sustainable/regenerative agriculture


Music videos - stanzas of Now the Green Blade Rises, excerpted from the Moments of Arising.

Partner hosts – will be introduced/introduce themselves throughout the morning.

Action invitations – each partner host will be asked to identify one specific upcoming action or study opportunity to which they can invite Summit participants.

Pre-Summit zoom gathering with presenting hosts – date TBD – at which one or two reps from each presenting host group will meet each other and discuss both the plan for the Summit and goals for its outcome.

  • 9:00 Welcome and Gathering
  • 9:15 Breakout small group: meeting one another
  • 9:40 Stories for the healing of creation -- Storytellers and music videos -- Breakout small group session: stories from a year unlike any other
  • 10:30 Professor Barbara Rossing
  • 11:00 Break and Q & A with Professor Rossing
  • 11:15 Stories for the healing of creation -- Storytellers and music videos -- Breakout small group – stories to empower us in earth’s healing
  • 12:15 Sending from the Jubilee Year of Earth Day -- Action Invitations -- Sending music video, blessing
  • 12:30 Go in peace to tend and mend creation!

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