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Energy Stewards Initiative - History and Resources


Current participating congregations:
History of ELCA Care for Creation.
View a Timeline of ELCA Action and Involvement in Environmental ministry and global climate change.
ELCA Resolutions and those of Other Denominations. 
A collection of resolutions from synods in the ELCA (Click here) and by other denominations (Click here) on earthkeeping and/or specifically regarding climate change.
See ELCA background on the Lutheran Coalition on Climate Change
Formation of LC3 and list of participants in the Jan 2010 Consultation, working groups, and their merging into Lutherans Restoring Creation.


Lutherans Restoring Creation is dedicated to lowering our collective ELCA "carbon footprint" throughout the institutions of the ELCA, and to encourage similar steps by members in their homes. Climate change is seen by many as one of the defining issues of our time. We might think of it as our "21st century Deuteronomy 30:19 moment" ... 
"I call heaven and Earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendents may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)


We believe we need to act significantly, cooperatively, and urgently to take steps to address this problem, which so threatens creation and is also already affecting many human communities least able to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Vision & Mission Statement for the Lutherans Restoring Creation states our commitment to reduce energy use.


There are currently a number of efforts underway to both challenge, and assist, ELCA members in this endeavor. The Energy Stewards Initiative is one.  Other ideas and resources can be found on the Energy Stewards Initiative History and Resources Page, and throughout this website.



ESI Congregations in the News:

Energy Stewards Initiative in Living Lutheran

"Step Up to Protecting the Earth" by Steven L. Beumer, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Orlando FL

ESI congregation given award at the White House.

On September 13, 2012, First English Lutheran Church in Columbus Ohio, a participant in LRC's Energy Stewards Initiative, was honored at the White House as one of the first 28 congregations to attain EPA’s ENERGY STAR® rating. 

Sara Ward was there to accept the award. See an article in the Living Lutheran about how the congregation is cutting its energy while caring for creation: "Tracking Our Carbon Footprint" 

Three other ELCA congregations were also honored. Four ESI congregations qualify for Energy Star rating.  More info