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What We Do

The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives. To that end, the information at this site will:

  • connect you with ideas, resources and strategies for doing eco-justice
  • inform, inspire, encourage, educate you about eco-justice
  • support you in your efforts to live, work and pray in ways that promote eco-justice

The Web of Creation has also been developed to provide information and connections for theology students interested in environmental ministry.

Our Philosophy

We define eco-justice as any effort that promotes ecological integrity with social justice as a central focus of religious understanding. The Web of Creation subscribes to basic norms of eco-justice ethics including

  • community life that is celebrative, cares for all creation, and uses appropriate technology
  • sufficiency of production-consumption as an alternative to materialism
  • fair participation in social policy decision- participatory democracy
  • private and public choices that allow the Earth to be ecologically sustainable

Who We Are

The Web of Creation is maintained by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is supported through grant funding, sponsorship and endorsement from a variety of faith-based sources including:

National Groups

Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches

Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge (TEMEC)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Presbyterian Church (USA) (PC/USA)


Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC)

McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS)  (Presbyterian)

Meadville-Lombard Theological School (MLTS -- Unitarian-Universalist)

The Web of Creation staff includes:


David Rhoads, Director, Web of Creation and Professor of New Testament, LSTC

Andrea Orcutt, Associate Director, Web of Creation

Student Assistants

Katy Harder, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Christine McNeal, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Sumie Song, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Nate Sutton, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


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