December 30, 2011

Dear Friends,

As we look forward to 2012, I extend a heartfelt thank you. Together, we are truly making a difference for God’s earth and earth’s people!

In the three years since we first received a concept grant from Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, EcoFaith Recovery has expanded to touch over 300 people through retreats, worship services, leadership table talks, networking events, pilgrimages in the natural world, congregational trainings, and ongoing spiritual recovery groups. Thanks to those of you are making a difference through your partnership in this effort and those of you who are considering joining us in whatever way is right for you!

As we look forward to a significant expansion of EcoFaith Recovery in 2012 with a new partnership with the Lutheran Community Foundation, we are inviting leaders, participants, supporters, and friends to join us in two primary ways:
1) Let us know how you would like to be involved or help others get involved as we expand our efforts in the coming year.
2) Please consider whether the Spirit may be leading you to help us advance this important work through a year-end contribution (which will enable us to close a $1000 shortfall) and/or by offering a monthly pledge for 2012.

With the partnership and support of people like you, EcoFaith Recovery will expand our capacity in 2012 to:
• activate the leadership potential of five youth and young adults through stipended service-learning leadership positions facilitated by local mentors
• engage people who do not currently have a community of faith but are seeking a faith relevant to the real challenges and opportunities of our time,
• co-sponsor a five-month leadership training called “Organizing in the Biocommons,”
• train local congregations to incorporate Care for Creation into their worship, education, building/grounds, personal discipleship, and public ministry; and
• pilot a new group for seminarians,
• share what we are learning beyond the Pacific Northwest by further developing our website, creating a blog, and regularly updating the information at test.ecofaithrecovery.org.
• foster faith-based recovery groups (like Simply in Season) and other approaches that lead to more sustainable theologies and more faithful ways of life.

We have an exciting year ahead and are welcoming all who would like to take part! Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we seek healing for God’s Earth and Earth’s people.

In God’s wide embrace,

Pastor Robyn Hartwig

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EcoFaith Recovery – Partnership Form
(Please copy and return this form via email or traditional mail.)

Name _______________________________________________________________
Street Address ________________________________________________________
City ______________________ State ___________ Zip Code ___________________
Phone Number _____________________________ ___ Home ___ Work __ Cell
Email Address _________________________________________________________

___ Please add me to the EcoFaith Recovery email list for periodic updates.

___ I would like to sit down to discuss my or my congregation’s partnership with EcoFaith Recovery. The best way to contact me is _____________________________.

___ Please contact me about the following area(s) of interest: ____________________

Please accept a tax-deductible donation of $ _____ * for year 2011 (dated by 12/31/2011)
___ offered via credit card by clicking on the link in the right sidebar above
___ mailed to EcoFaith Recovery, P.O. Box 12612, Portland, OR 97212

___ I/we would like to make a pledge of $ __________* for year 2012
Frequency: ___ every month ___ for the year
Method: ___ via credit card using PayPal by clicking the link in the right sidebar on this website.
___ via check mailed to
EcoFaith Recovery
P.O. Box 12612
Portland, OR 97212

* Note: All contributions to EcoFaith Recovery are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law by virtue of the fact that our fiscal sponsor is Redeemer Lutheran Church, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Using PayPal at the lower non-profit donation rate through the website at test.ecofaithrecovery.org enables us to keep our administration costs lower. However, you are also welcome to mail checks payable to EcoFaith Recovery to P.O. Box 12612, Portland, OR 97212.

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