Our Creation Justice Commentators

Our Commentators
Dennis Ormseth served from 1991 to 2005 as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Reformation in St. Louis Park, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that emphasizes care of the earth as part of its mission. In retirement, he has served on the executive committee of Congregations Caring for Creation, an interfaith network promoting care of the earth as integral to spirituality and social justice in Minnesota congregations of faith. Holding a Ph. D. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Dr. Ormseth is also a graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He taught religious history and the history of Christian thought at Luther Seminary and Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was campus pastor for Lutheran students at Purdue University in Indiana. dennisormseth@gmail.com
Tom Mundahl has served as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Reformation, St. Louis Park, MN since 2007 (the home of Sen. Al Franken and the Coen brothers). During more than a decade in Dubuque, IA, he helped to develop statewide, ecumenical 'care of the earth' seminars, chaired the NE Iowa Synod Care of Creation Work Group, and sat on the Iowa Environmental Council. A graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, he holds graduate degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Michigan, and has taught political theory at the University of Iowa and Luther College. He also has served as Director of the Christus Community, Lutheran Campus Ministry, at the University of Iowa. tmundahl@gmail.com.
Robert Saler is Research Fellow, Christian Theological Seminary at Indianapolis and Director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs. He has served as pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Gary, IN and visiting lecturer in theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He received his BA from Valparaiso University, his MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles in the areas of biblical hermeneutics, ecological theology, patristic thought, and contemporary ecclesiology. He is currently writing an intellectual biography of the 20th-century theologian Joseph Sittler. rsaler@hotmail.com.

Leah D. Schade is a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) with an MDiv (2000) and a PhD (2013) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). She has served congregations in suburban, urban and rural settings and is currently the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, PA. Rev. Schade is completing her dissertation on homiletics and ecological theology at LTSP. She is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, and a member of her synod’s Creation Care team. She also serves on the synodical task force for addressing justice issues surrounding fracking in Pennsylvania. Leah is founder of the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition of the Susquehanna Valley (ISEC) committed to addressing threats to water, land, air, eco-systems, and public health. Her blog, http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/, features sermons, essays, creative writing, and movie and book reviews on ecological and social justice issues. jimleah@aol.com