'Living Earth" Reflections from the ELCA Advocacy Office
View back issues of the monthly Living Earth environmental reflection series from the ELCA Advocacy Office and the 2009 Lenten e-mail series, Joining the Hymn of All Creation. You can also subscribe to receive these reflections by email.
Read 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.
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.
EPA New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gases
In late March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards that would reduce harmful carbon emissions from new power plants.
Greetings from the People's Summit at Rio+20
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]
Events and Workshops
The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011: Lutherans at Durban, South Africa: Reports from Lutheran Participants on site.
Read the explanation of this process for extracting natural gas in this article by Pastor Amy Reumann, staff of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania
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.
NEW Write your representative to say we need a better farm bill [Read More and Take Action]
NEW Call your representative to say we need a better farm bill [Read More and Take Action]
The House of Representatives will vote this week on a farm bill (HR 1947) that would dictate funding for food, farm and nutrition programs over the next five years.
A responsible, effective farm bill can strengthen nutrition programs, encourage economic growth in struggling rural communities, support new and socially disadvantaged farmers, enhance global food aid to the world’s most impoverished, and encourage farming and ranching practices that protect creation.
Unfortunately, the House farm bill proposes dramatic cuts in food assistance to low-income American families, eliminates a program designed to make international food assistance more cost-efficient, and cuts funding for key farm conservation programs.
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.)
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
Raises awareness and links to resources concerning this mining practice
Contains information about the importance of water and the need to protect our water supplies
Not sure how to “advocate?” Here are several specific ways you can begin advocating for the environment and other topics.
Offers lots of tools and ideas for jump-starting your congregation’s advocacy efforts
Contains advocacy-related and other resources and ideas to help you and/or your congregation become greener
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