EcoFaith Recovery’s Practicing the Practices: Coming Home to Earth with Pastor Mark Brocker, lead pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church

When: Wednesday evenings starting September 16th through October 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: St. Andrew Lutheran Church– 12405 SW Butner Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

RSVP by: Wednesday, Sept 9th

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EcoFaith Recovery and St. Andrew Lutheran Church are partnering to offer this course led by Pastor Mark Brocker and Pastor Robyn Hartwig. The course will give us an exciting opportunity to explore the content of Pastor Brocker’s forthcoming new book, Coming Home to Earth (Summer, 2016) through the lens of EcoFaith’s “Practices for Awakening Leadership“.

Even before his book is “hot off the press, EcoFaith Recovery has invited him to share insights through these Wednesday Evening Gatherings. Each week he will offer a half hour presentation on one of the chapters of Coming Home to Earth. His offerings will serve as a catalyst for our engagement with EcoFaith’s “Practices for Awakening Leadership” and what it means for people of faith to care for our Earth home in our time and place.

In working on his book Mark has been especially focused on what will motivate followers of Jesus to make radical changes in our way of life so that we can participate in the salvation/healing of wounded Earth and all its inhabitants, both human and non-human.

Registration Donations:

Registration donations allow EcoFaith Recovery to engage part time staff  to support our leaders with administrative duties for putting on the course. No one will be turned away and scholarships are available. Costs are structured around teams from your congregation/community/network. Email Rachael at for full details. 

  • $70 for participants who come with a team of 4 or more from their congregation/community/network.
  • $80 for participants who come with a team of 2 or more from their congregation/community/network.
  • $100 for an individual

Please pay for teams by congregation/community/network. We are not accepting online payments. Please bring your check to the first class. If this is a problem email Rachael (

A Sample Class Outline, including weekly themes, are as follows:

Spiritual Grounding Practice
The Rhythms of our Engagement with Coming Home to Earth: Pastor Brocker
o Sept. 16: Introduction
o Sept. 23: Love Lost for Earth
o Sept. 30: Grieving with Earth
o Oct. 7: The Things that Make for Peace
o Oct. 14: Conversion to Earth
o Oct. 21: Taking up our Ecological Cross
o Oct. 28: Coming Home to Earth
Sharing of a Significant Life Story related to this session’s theme
One-to-One and Full Group Conversation
Conscious Reflection & Evaluation on what this means for Engagement with our Communities
Spiritual Grounding and Going Forth

About the Practices for Awakening Leadership:

Practices tree logoEcoFaith Recovery exists to identify existing and emerging leaders, develop our leadership potential through EcoFaith’s “Practices for Awakening Leadership,and lift one another up to support our faith communities in taking courageous public action for the recovery of human life and the healing of God’s creation.

In order to recover our true vocation as people of faith and citizens of earth, EcoFaith Leaders engage in “the Practices within groups or teams of three or more people within their communities of faith. Full details on the Practices are here. 


About the Course leaders:

Mark BrockerMark Brocker, Lead Pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, has just completed the manuscript of his forthcoming book Coming Home to Earth (Summer 2016). Ordained in 1985, Pastor Brocker has served as the lead pastor of St. Andrew since September 2005. Prior to coming to St. Andrew he served for five years as lead pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington. He has also served congregations in Decatur, Illinois, Franklin Grove, Illinois, and McMinnville,Oregon. His internship was in Juneau, Alaska.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities Mark is a lecturer in theology and ethics for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. Mark is chair of the Environmental Ministries Committee of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. He served as volume editor for Conspiracy and Imprisonment 1940-1945, volume 16 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, and serves as co-editor for forthcoming volumes 11 and 14.

Mark received his B. A. in philosophy from Pacific Lutheran University, his M. Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and his Ph. D. in theology and ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robyn with Llamas at Lloyd's CSA Farm with "Simply in Season" groupsPastor Robyn Hartwig serves as Pastor/Organizer for EcoFaith Recovery and Associate Pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Along with a group of dedicated volunteer leaders, Pastor Hartwig founded in EcoFaith Recovery in 2009 to identify existing and emerging leaders through EcoFaith“Practices for Awakening Leadership, and lift one another up to support our faith communities in taking courageous public action for the recovery of human life and the healing of God’s creation.




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