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New Resources Available from ELCA Washington Office

The ELCA Washington Office has recently released two new congregational resources on the relationship between hunger and climate change. 
The first resource is an informational piece about poverty and hunger in a changing climate. It was printed with zero net greenhouse gas emissions and 100% powered by renewable wind energy. The printing company also used eco-ink and paper that is 100% postconsumer waste recycled fiber and process chlorine free. A hard copy of the resource is available through Augsburg Fortress at 1-800-328-4648; ask for "ITEM001529".
The other resource is a combination DVD and study guide. In January 2009 a delegation of ELCA Lutherans journeyed to Nicaragua to learn about the relationship between climate change and hunger. A DVD and accompanying study guide were created based on their experiences. "Climate Change and Hunger in Nicaragua" shows the devastating effects of climate change to the livelihoods of Nicaraguans.
An accompanying discussion guide, "As long as the earth endures,"  was created to facilitate group reflection of the DVD. The trip was sponsored by the ELCA Washington Office and ELCA World Hunger, and planned with the help of ELCA Global Mission. Both resources are available from the ELCA. To order your free copies, call 1-800-638-3522 or e-mail RIS@elca.org. The resources are also downloadable on the ELCA Web site at www.elca.org/caringforcreation.
The study guide was also a carbon-neutral printing, using eco-ink and 100% recycled paper. The DVD disc is closed-captioned and includes a downloadable pdf of the study guide. It is also created on a flex DVD created with 50% fewer materials and is 100% recyclable.

You may order free copies of the DVD and the accompanying study guide at 1-800-638-3522 or e-mailing RIS@elca.org. The study guide is also available through Augsburg Fortress at 1-800-328-4648. Ask for "ITEM001571" to receive copies of the guide.
And just in time for Earth Day, the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice program has developed an Earth Day resource guide titled "Sacred Spaces and an Abundant Life: Worship Spaces as Stewardship". To download the guide, customized for use in ELCA congregations, visit www.elca.org/caringforcreation .

Mary Minette
Director of Environmental Education and Advocacy
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(202) 626-7935
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