from the ELCA Advocacy Office

September 2014: Marching for Global Climate Justice


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Reflections and resources on Earth Community at the intersection of Earth-care and social justice:
  • Greetings from the People's Summit at Rio+20 by the Rev. Neddy Astudillo (June 20, 2012) Eco-Justice work is complicated, and in many countries today is even dangerous. It touches and challenges many aspects of social life and special interests. But it is necessary, if we want to seriously and faithfully care for God’s creation in its totality. [Read More]
  • From Anesthetic to Advocate through AccompanimentRead this powerful witness on Christian mission in the face of Empire by Lutheran pastor Brian Konkol, given at a conference on missiology at Pretoria South Africa.
  • Principles of Environmental Justice” drafted by the delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC;
  • statement on Environmental Justice and Climate Change;
  • An informative article by Nancy Wright on “Christianity and Environmental Justice” with information on regions of the world and relevant bibliography; and
  • links to several eco-justice internet sites.


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.

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The time is now! 
Join the ELCA letter campaign to the EPA in support of reducing carbon emissions

On June 2nd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from existing power plants, a step towards modernizing our nation’s power plants while limiting our contribution to global climate change. [Read More and Take Action]

Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal leaders offer pastoral message on climate change

The national leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church offered on Sept. 19 a pastoral message on climate change. [Read More]

Fossil Fuel Divestment

Perspectives and information on divestment from fossil fuels as a way of combatting climate change and air pollution, and news about synod divestment resolutions.  Click here.

For more actions you can take, more news about how Lutherans are advocating for solutions, and educational resources on climate change, click here.

photo by Carolyn Albert


"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



Protect Our Wetlands and Streams!

You can help shape EPA protections for water in your community! 


ELCA Advocacy homepage

Highlights current topics, advocacy emphases, and ELCA e-Advocacy Network alerts


Environment page

Provides information about hearings, legislation, and other advocacy resources specific to the environment

Issue Briefs:

Caring for Creation Resources

Contains advocacy-related and other resources for individuals and congregations

"Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice"

ELCA social statement on the environment adopted in 1993, with introduction, summary, and study guide


Advocacy Resources

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


ELCA World Hunger homepage

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.


ELCA World Hunger Toolkit on Climate Change Connections

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


ELCA World Hunger Taking Root: Hunger Causes, Hunger Hopes Curriculum

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.


Hunger Sermon Starters

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.


Stories about Creation Care

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.