Earlier this semester, several students made the commitment to learn about and commit to creation care within their Madison community and beyond. These deeply dedicated students focused on the importance of “people care and planet care,” underscoring that we must nurture the people in our community as well the natural world around us. As a foundational message, we opened with a discussion of Matthew 25: 31-46 where Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then, over the course of four weeks, we engaged in lively, heartfelt discussions based on biblical passages and secular readings related to the care of God’s creation, despite the precarious nature of Wisconsin winter weather and the rigors of college life, the students gathered together week after week.
The Caring for Creation small group quickly became a safe space for the students to share their own personal thoughts and feelings. Each week, we took turns baking and sharing treats with each other. We also ended each session with a “call to action,” which encouraged students to apply what they learned back into the greater community beyond the walls of Lutheran Campus Ministry. I am delighted these passionate students took time out of their lives to express an appreciation for creation care. Also, not only did they show a close bond of belonging within the LCM family, they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel part of the family from the beginning.
by Christopher Beaver