Special Programs for Congregations
for ELCA Congregations is a two-year program to bring care for creation into the full life and mission of your parish.
Energy Stewards Initiative (ESI) is a two-year LRC program for congregations to reduce your energy use, lower your carbon footprint, and save money for other expressions of mission.
Guides for Congregation Creation Care
"Cultivating Hope: Greening Churches Guide"
Includes an introduction to the connections between faith, social justice and sustainability, suggestions for what churches can do regarding water, energy, waste, recycling, and land use, resources for incorporating environmentalism into worship, Sunday school lessons and youth group activities written by Holmberg and Mabry, recommendations of curriculum available online and for purchase, and a list of additional online resources.
Creation Care in Each Area of Church Life
Themes for Worship, Education, Advocacy and Service
Season of Creation: A powerful set of liturgical, theological, and study tools for fostering creation care in worship life.
Monthly Theme Programs:
CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES
ELCA Resources, Actions, and Resolutions
Actions for Congregations and Members
Inspiration/ Theological Foundations:
Creation Care Churches In the News
Gaithersburg Church Gets Educational Wildlife Habitat (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, MD), April 17, 2013.
"Welcoming Winged Guests" (Gloria Dei Lutheran, Duluth MN) in The Lutheran
"Environmentalists Tout Church's Energy Efficiency" (First English Lutheran, Columbus OH)
NEW St. Luke Environmental Sustainability Survey
God’s Land is in Good Hands at Washington Prairie
Year of Water
Along with that, the community saw a 37% spike in water bills in 2012, so it has been declared the Year of Water. It was a chance for residents to value what they have and to strive for conservation. [Read More]
Gardens Bring Community Together
In October 2011 members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington began meeting to explore the possibility of installing a community garden on their property. On March 24 of this year, those plans became a reality as over 30 people – some St. Andrew members and some not – worked to install 20 raised beds. [Read More]
From Small Steps to International Reach
Starting in 2006 with a small group of people with a general interest in environmental issues, the "Caring for Creation" movement at St. Matthew's has grown into a vibrant congregational effort that has not just a church-wide or community-wide reach, but an international reach -- in just 7 short years. [Read More]
It probably seemed like it would never happen. Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, NY was exploring installing photovoltaic solar panels on its roof. The price--$190,000--seemed exorbitant. However, the congregation's Environmental Stewardship Committee didn’t let go of the idea. [Read More].
“Upcycled” Advent Worship Backdrop
A parishioner at Village Church in Milwaukee, Jennifer Hellerman used bubble wrap, other packing material, and toilet paper rolls to create a beautiful Advent worship environment depicting falling snow. "The idea for the sanctuary installation came from observations I made of snow throughout the winter of 2010-2011, back when Milwaukee had snow!" [Read More]
St. Andrew Members Embrace Earth Care
Pastor Robyn Hartwig. The parish’s environmental efforts “help fulfill our mission to support our five core values: God care, earth care, community care, neighbor care, and self care. I’m very proud of St. Andrew in its earth care efforts because God loves the earth,” adds the pastor. “And after all, we are called to love what God loves.” [Read More]
ELCA "Energy Star" Congregations Honored
was one of 28 congregations honored at the White House for being the first to achieve Energy Star certification. Also honored were: Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN; First Lutheran Church, Bothell, WA; and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale, IA.
“Greening America’s Congregations,” sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, was held Thursday, Sept.13, in Washington, D.C. [Read More]
A Seed Planted and A Garden Grown
Five years ago, the Green Team at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin had the idea to plant a garden in the large lawn on the west side of their church. Little did they know at the time it would go this far.
The chair of the Green Team, Sandy Roberts, said, “We were just planting a small mustard seed at the time, but look what it has become.” The project took off when a long time member of the church and a master gardener, Mark Trinklein, took over the plan and enlisted the help of other church members and some local residents, including youth in a Racine community project. [Read More]