ADVOCACY

from the ELCA Advocacy Office

 






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CLIMATE CHANGE

ELCA Resources, Actions, and Resolutions
Actions for congregations and Members
Inspiration/ Theological Foundations:
National Policy 

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:
  • Alycia Ashburn, Director of the Sojourners Creation Care Campaign and LRC educator/trainer (at the Washington hearing), and.
  • Mikka McCracken, ELCA World Hunger program (at the Chicago hearing).
International Action



If you know of any upcoming events that you would like for us to feature, please email David Rhoads at drhoads@lstc.edu.

ELCA ACTION ALERT

Help Us Support Clean Air for All of God's Creation!

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]


photo by Carolyn Albert


DIVESTMENT RELATED TO FOSSIL FUELS

A helpful debate on fossil fuel divestment, with commentary and related articles is on Yale Environment 360, a web publication of the Yale School of Forestry& Environmental Studies.  

Oregon Synod Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution Passes at Synod Meeting, 2013. Read More to see a story about the synod resolution. Also read the resolution itself and a copy of the talking points for those promoting the resolution.

New England Synod Calls for Divestment, 2013. 
At the New England 2013 Assembly, June 7-9, voters agreed to urge the restraint of hydraulic fracturing and request an eventual divestment of church funds from fossil fuel companies. Read More to see the full story (under FEATURED STORIES) and view the full resolution.
 
See 6/30/2013 Boston Globe Article**  Read a news article from the Boston Globe on divestment by religious groups.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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;
  • A 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.

Air Pollution 

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


Energy

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
 

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.