Dave Brauer-Rieke

vita information:

* Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA 1978, BA in Economics and Business * Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN 1982, Masters of Divinity * “Inconvenient Truth” Trained Climate Change Educator

Climate Related Service:

* Member, Oregon State Global Warming Commission, 2008-2009 * Member and Chair, ELCA Bishop Task Force on Creation Care, 2009-2019 * Frequent Retreat or Event Speaker on Climate/Earth Care Related Issues.


* Devotions: The Upper Room: Disciplines 2007(Abingdon Press, 2007) * Poetry: Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry (Xulon Press, 2007) * Article: “There Will be an Answer,” Sources of Authority in the Church: Lutheran Traditions in North American Contexts. (Lutheran University Press, 2011) * Commentary: Sundays and Seasons: Year A 2017 (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2016) * Article: “Walking With,” Concilium: Wisdoms and the People’s Theology. (SCM Press, 2018)


* “My Vocation: Discernment, Support, Blessing” (Two weeks, Ten  Sessions, Holden Village, WA 2004) * “Clay Jars and Crackpots: Tender Transitions in the ELCA” (One week, Five Sessions, Holden Village, WA 2009) * “There Will Be An Answer” (Convocation of the Association of Lutheran Teaching Theologians, 2011) * “Creation, Crucifixion, Question” (Three lectures, Community Lenten Series, Florence, OR 2014) * “Climate Change, A Spiritual Call to Action” (Douglas County Global Warming Presentation, Roseburg, OR 2016)

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I am a person of faith, a Lutheran Christian. This informs my notion of the Divine, the Sacred and my thoughts on holy imagination. That’s me, but please be yourself  here. Your input is always welcome!!
 “Imagination” is a sacred/spiritual gift. I believe imagination is an essential power of Creation. It’s core to Climate Crisis work and of first importance for how I approach all I do.
You  can imagine and make real. *I*  can imagine and make real. Together we ALL imagine. Together we create reality. Imagination is a power given to us for just this purpose. With all of Earth’s creatures who breath the same air, we are one being – a sacred, living, vibrant Beauty. Fundamentally it is the Earth that imagines and creates. Our Climate is a part of the Earth’s imagination, and surely an essential part of what makes life possible. As part of God’s creation you are essential to a full and healthy joy. Thank you for being you! Our imagination is required now more than ever to solve our Earth’s current Climate Crisis. This holy, communal, life giving power is the key to healing. Imagination and healing must be given wings. We are all invited to do our part.
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