ADVOCACY

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.

ADVOCACY ALERT:
Join the call for new methane pollution standards!

Share your thoughts on the new methane emission standards at the ELCA Action Center by April 8th to help raise good stewardship of our environment.


ELCA SOCIAL STATEMENT

"Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice"

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




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ELCA CREATION CARE ADVOCACY 

Learn more about the ELCA's churchwide and state advocacy resources on environment, global poverty, and other issues.


ELCA Advocacy Updates

Monthly reports of news and initiatives by the ELCA Advocacy office



SYNOD RESOLUTIONS

For synod resolutions on climate change, fossil fuel divestment, fracking, and other issues, visit the Resolutions page and Synods page.



Giving Voice to My Community and Bringing ELCA Advocacy Home
I am Fumi Liang from Huntington Beach California and I want to tell you a story about a group of senior citizens who are trying to make a difference in caring for the environment. [Read More]

On Saturday, December 12, leaders from 195 nations concluded the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris by approving a global agreement to address climate change. This agreement includes a commitment to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. The ELCA welcomes the Paris Accord, and we renew our own commitment to care for all of God's good creation. [Read More]

November 30, 2015 is the first day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (#COP21). 150 heads of state are gathered in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to address climate change around the world. They are joined by hundreds of leaders and people of faith who are working and praying for an agreement that protects God’s creation and supports those who are most heavily impacted by the effects of our changing climate. Please read for important updates and information on what to look out for in the next 12 days of COP21!

Lutherans Weigh in on PA Clean Power Plan The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania trained and turned out Lutherans to testify at hearings on the Pennsylvania Clean Power Plan in Fall 2015.  




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.  .

Climate Change 101 ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief

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

ADVOCACY ALERT: Take Action to Help the People of Flint, Michigan

Many concerned Lutherans around the country are asking what they can do to help the people of Flint, whose water has been contaminated with lead.  

ELCA Advocacy and the Southeastern Michigan Synod invite you to advocate for legislation that would increase immediate relief for Flint and work towards long-term solutions. 


ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Reflections and resources on Earth Community at the intersection of Earth-care and social justice. Click Here

WORLD HUNGER

 

ELCA World Hunger homepage, Toolkit on Climate Change Connections, "Taking Root: Hunger Causes, Hunger Hopes" Curriculum, Hunger Sermon Starters, and Stories about Creation Care.  Click here.


CLEAN WATER

ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief: Clean Water Facts

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.

AIR POLLUTION
LAMPa Director Testifies on Methane Reductions
Statement of the Rev. Amy Reumann, Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania at the EPA Hearing on Proposed Methane Emissions Reduction Rule for Oil and Gas Operations.

"Push Congress to improve clean air standards" (OpEd piece from The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin.)

ENERGY

NEW Interfaith Sermon for MORALtorium Service for Blessing, Advocacy and Activism 
against shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. 
The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, March 21, 2016.  Text and video.

Mountaintop Removal - ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief

"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