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ELCA Resources, Actions, and Resolutions
Actions for congregations and Members
Inspiration/ Theological Foundations:
EPA New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gases. In late March 2013 , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards that would reduce harmful carbon emissions from new power plants. Read testimony from the EPA public hearings on the standards in Washington, DC and Chicago.by:
The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011: Lutherans at Durban, South Africa: Reports from Lutheran Participants on site.
Reactions to Appeals for Divestment by James Martin-Schramm, Ethics Professor at Luther College. He urges caution and encourages us to accompany divestment with personal action and advocacy.
Divestment Initiatives at some ELCA Colleges and Universities. Read here.
GreenFaith. For an ecumenical/interfaith program on divestment, go to www.greenfaith.org and search the site for "divestment." Lots of resources here.
Presbyterian Church USA. At the 2014 General Assembly, an overture calling for divestment of PCUSA funds from fossil fuel companies will be presented. This effort is being led by Fossil Free PCUSA and PEC. To learn more, read the overture at http://pc-biz.org/Explorer.aspx?id=4587 and the helpful Information Sheet of FAQs.
350.0rg. For a secular movement for divestment go to www.350.org and explore the many opportunities for
advocacy and action they offer at www.gofossilfree.org
Reflections and resources on Earth Community at the intersection of Earth-care and social justice:
"Push Congress to improve clean air standards" (OpEd piece from The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin.)
NEW "Sin Boldly" or "God's Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things" by Vicar Axel Kaegler - a sermon referring to fracking.
Read the explanation of this process for extracting natural gas in this article by Pastor Amy Reumann, staff of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania
Advocacy for Animals
A webpage on faith and our treatment of animals including links to resources from the Humane Society of the United States, a collection of ELCA statements, action alerts, and more. Click here.
NEW ELCA, Episcopal leaders support proposed rule on carbon emissions
In support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on carbon emissions, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church said in a June 5 joint statement that the rule is a “critical step toward safeguarding the lives and livelihood of future generations.” [Read More]
NEW Milwaukee Bishop Among Faith Leaders Supporting EPA Carbon Rule
Jeff Barrow heads the Great Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He added his signature to a letter urging President Obama and the EPA to take action. Barrow joined nearly 400 individuals representing multiple denominations. [Read More and Listen]
Evangelical Lutheran leaders argue for Ohio energy efficiency and renewable energy
The president of a major Lutheran seminary and one of the three bishops overseeing the 550 Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are opposing a bill that would stall efficiency programs and the further growth of wind and solar power mandated since 2009. [Read More]
ELCA Advocacy links
Highlights current topics, advocacy emphases, and ELCA e-Advocacy Network alerts
Provides information about hearings, legislation, and other advocacy resources specific to the environment
Contains advocacy-related and other resources for individuals and congregations
ELCA social statement on the environment adopted in 1993, with introduction, summary, and study guide
Includes an Advocacy Toolkit for jump-starting individual and congregational advocacy efforts, as well as policy briefs on domestic, international, and energy and environmental issues
ELCA World Hunger links
Learn more about the ELCA’s anti-hunger and anti-poverty ministry, and access a wealth of resources, ideas, and links to help start your congregation’s anti-hunger efforts or connect to environmental emphases through the lens of hunger and poverty.
Take yourself, your class, or your congregation on a journey that explores the intersections between climate change and hunger. These toolkits are designed to be a program-in-a-box or customizable segments of information and activities for use in many congregational or educational settings
This is a complete curriculum spanning ages from Kindergarten through 12th grade that contains severalactivities related to climate change and environmental concerns. Contact the ELCA World Hunger office for assistance in finding the right part of the curriculum for your needs.
Get your creative sermon juices flowing with ideas and ponderings about each Sunday’s lectionary from a hunger-focused perspective. While you’re there, sign up for the Hunger Sermon Starters listserv and receive weekly e-mails with upcoming postings.
Many ELCA World Hunger Reproducible Stories feature climate- or earth-related issues and success stories. Browse current stories online or order a printed copy of the latest stories.
Public Policy Offices
While personal stewardship is important, substantive change on behalf of creation must also take place at the level of state and federal policy. The ELCA is committed to working with our elected leaders to enact just legislation, and Lutherans Restoring Creation seeks to support public policy actions that reduce carbon emissions, encourage responsible land use, and acts to preserve God's good creation.
Main ELCA Offices
ELCA Advocacy Offices and LRC Hold Successful Reception at Churchwide. Resources were distributed, and bishops shared reports. ELCA Director of Advocacy Andrew Genzler promoted care for creation efforts across the church. See the full report.