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.

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.


SYNOD RESOLUTIONS

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

CLIMATE CHANGE ADVOCACY 

NEW:

UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE, LIMA, PERU, December 2014



"Holy God,

earth and air and water are your creation,
and the web of life is yours.
Have mercy on us in the face of climate chaos.
Help us to be keepers of your Earth:
to simplify our lives,
to reduce our use of energy,
to share the resources you have given us,
to raise our voices for justice
and to bear the cost of change.
We kindle this “light for Lima” as we pray for the climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru."

—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican tradition

Daily Blog from Lima by Lutheran World Federation Youth


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

Sept. 19, 2014 pastoral message [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.

ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief: Climate Change 101

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

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

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

ENERGY

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