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.


"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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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

NEW  "Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action" was the theme  for two days of worship, service, learning and advocacy April 17-18, 2016, sponsored by LAMPa, ELCA Global Mission and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. [Read More]


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

NEW ELCA Churchwide Pledges to Move Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

August 13th, after days of conversation, discernment and prayer the 2016 churchwide voting assembly voted to pass the Memorial: Towards a Responsible Energy Future. After a grassroots divestment coalition brought together various synodical divestment memorials and the proper parliamentary protocol into one statement, the church is now called to act on the amended version you can read here.

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]

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

NEW ADVOCACY ALERT: Take Action to Support Flint and Other Cities Facing Lead Crises!

It has been nearly a full year since the City of Flint, Michigan first declared a state of emergency over the widespread lead contamination of its water supply. Now, the U.S. Senate is nearing a compromise to provide federal assistance to Flint. Congress does not have much time to act, and opposition to the bill still remains. Your Senators must hear from you now!


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



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.


Noting "the many biblical themes of renewal and liberation that water affords," and the importance of watersheds for environmental justice and creation care, the Assembly resolved to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of watersheds and water. Read the resolution

ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief: Clean Water Facts


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.

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.)


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