ELCA Creation Care Advocacy

RUTH IVORY-MOORE, Energy and Environment Director

Ruth Ivory-Moore is ELCA Advocacy's Program Director for Environment and Energy. Ruth has had careers in chemical engineering, as a corporate legal counsel, and brings legal specialties including environmental law and climate change. Ruth is married and has two children.  She enjoys spending time with family (especially her two grandchildren) and friends. Ruth is involved with Christian education in her church and is about to embark on training to become a Stephen Minister.  Her other volunteer work includes chairing a young adult and youth leadership summit in southern Virginia, as well as addressing various community needs such as criminal law reform and health care. 

Blog Posts from Ruth  Ivory Moore 
ELCA Advocacy Program Director for Environment and Energy

NEW Paris Rule Book: We Have to Get it Right!
May 29, 2018

The intersessional meetings for COP24 were supposed to produce a strong foundation for development of a robust rulebook for implementation of the Paris Agreement. But the parties were not able to achieve sufficient progress to be assured of the upcoming COP24 success....[Read More]

NEW The Paris Agreement and the Talanoa Dialogue
May 24, 2018

At the most recent Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change (COP23) in 2017, Prime Minister Bainimarama of FIji instituted a new means of negotiations: the Talanoa Dialogue process. Talanoa is a traditional word used to reflect a participatory and transparent dialogue, involving the sharing of ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling.  [Read More]


The ELCA's policy action agenda focuses the work of the Washington, D.C., advocacy office on current issues central to God's vision of a just world where all are fed. ELCA Advocacy invites you to live out your baptismal identity through participation in opportunities to learn and act with and on behalf of your neighbor with the ELCA Advocacy network. Visit the ELCA Advocacy blog to learn more about how the ELCA determines these priorities and how to connect with policy staff.

2018 ELCA advocacy priorities include:


From rural America to developing countries, many of our nation’s food and farm policies, as embodied in the farm bill, impact our communities. Programs and policies that curb hunger and malnutrition, support vibrant agricultural economies in rural communities, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources must be prioritized.


Environmental degradation disproportionately impacts the marginalized and the vulnerable, exacerbating issues of poverty and hunger. These issues manifest themselves in social areas such as gender, racial, economic and environmental injustices. ELCA Advocacy will raise awareness of the impact of environmental degradation, support environmental and energy literacy, and help congregations and church leadership understand what can be done to steward God’s creation.


The transition away from fossil fuels will mean changes in the economic livelihood of individuals, families and communities directly and indirectly dependent upon this industry. This transition must include comprehensive planning that incorporates methodologies on how we get from where we are today to where we need to be.

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

In-District Advocacy Guide 

Gives important steps for taking action in your district, including how to set up an in-district meeting, how to find out about and participate in town hall meetings, and what questions and talking points you can use during your advocacy efforts.  

On Thursday, June 21, we join with The Episcopal Church in our monthly commitment to #PrayFastAct. This month our focus is on disaster preparedness. The United States and its territories are facing extreme weather patterns more frequently. In the past year, fires, floods and hurricanes have displaced millions of people, destroyed homes and other structures and led to deaths. [Read More] (See below for resources on creation-care related issues that were the focus in past months).


In celebration of Earth Day, ELCA Advocacy is pleased to share a blog series on faith and the environment. The series, written by Deacon Laura Heller of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, covers topical issues from relationships in our ecosystem, clean water, trees, lead pollution and more. Heller, a minister of Word and Service, serves as a Creation Care Ministry coordinator for the synod and makes compelling connections between faith, public policy, and God’s creation. Interested advocates can take action today on environmental programs at the ELCA Action Center.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church continue our united call to 
Pray, Fast and Act The ELCA and The Episcopal Church are committed to working toward a sustainable and sufficient world where there is enoughfor all to thrive. 

The call for February 2018 focused on asking members of Congress to protect funding for American Indians and Alaska Native programs that provide relief, promote public safety, and support a meaningful livelihood.Read the February advocacy resource and testimony of the  National Congress of American Indians .

In December 2017 we focused on the United Nation’s Development Goals. These goals aim to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequalities, ensure quality education, create opportunities for decent work, care for creation, and promote a peaceful and just global community. Read the ELCA resource on the Sustainable Development Goals and pray for each of the goals.

  • NEW June 2018: Pray, Fast and Act for Disaster Preparedness, U.N. Climate Change Conference, Global Climate Action Summit; state reports from California, Minnesota, and Washington
  • May 2018: Farm Bill, Earth Day blog series, Climate Justice at the U.N., State reports from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin
  • April 2018: State reports from California, Minnesota
  • March 2018: Clean Power Plan; state reports from California, Minnesota, Southeastern Synod
  • February 2018: ELCA Advocacy Priorities; Pray, Fast, Act, in support of Justice for Native Americans and Native Alaskans; state report from Washington
  • January 2018: State Reports from California, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • December 2017: Pray, Fast and Act for Sustainable Development Goals; COP23; state report from California
  • November 2017: Pray, Fast and Act for Climate Resiliency; State reports from California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
  • October 2017: UN Foundation and Climate Change; The Oceans -- A Wealth of Opportunities; State Reports from California and Minnesota
  • September 2017: State reports from California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
  • August 2017: Pray, Fast, Act in support of care for all of God's creation; State reports from California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
  • July 2017: State reports from California, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin
  • June 2017: Methane Standards; Paris and U.N. Climate Change Conference; Climate Change, Migration and Displacement; State reports from California, Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Southeastern Synod, Wisconsin
  • May 2017: Climate March, UN Indigenous Issues, State reports from California, Colorado, Wisconsin
August 2011: 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.

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