"The earth is the Lord's.."
TheLuther Memorial encourages greater awareness and joyful fulfillment of our mandate to become wise stewards of God’s creation. We seek to raise consciousness about the many actions we can take—as a church, as members of society, and as individual citizens—to reduce our impact on the Earth.
Blacksburg Sustainability Week takes place September 20 - 27, 2020.
To promote their mission of engaging Blacksburg residents in healthier, more sustainable lives, Sustainable Blacksburg partners with local groups and organizations to put on events throughout the community. Most notably, we partner with the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech every September to celebrate Sustainability Week. All events are free - click here for the event schedule.
Local ecologist Dave Tallamy is fed up with invasive species and sterile landscapes, and urges Americans to go native and go natural! Read his fascinating article in the Smithsonian magazine - click here.
Master Naturalist and Luther Memorial congregation member Rebekah Paulson shares her list of Virginia-native plants. Click here to download the list. She also offers tours of her yard’s Monarch butterfly habitat - please call the church office if you are interested!
There are many ways to become a "Creation Care Congregation." We can start at home as well - here are some ideas...
The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement
for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable
world from religious perspectives. This site can:
The Web of Creation has also been developed to provide information and connections for theology students interested in environmental ministry.
Equal Exchange and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) are strongly committed to furthering Fair Trade and environmental justice together with Lutheran congregations across the U.S. As a participant in the LWR Coffee Project, you make a positive impact on the planet and on the people who grow
our food. For every bag of rich, delicious LWR Farmers Market Coffee
you buy, a farmer receives a strong, up-front price for their coffee beans and shares in the profit of the final sale.
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Watch this video to learn about the current items that may be recycled locally. For example, did you know only plastic bottles with a 1 or 2 in the triangle recycling symbol can be recycled? All others 3-7 must go in the trash. Visit BlacksBurg, VA Public Works Recycling Information page to find out about schedules and locations.