ELCA Creation Care Advocacy


ELCA Advocacy is delighted to introduce our new Program Director for Environment and Energy, Ruth Ivory-Moore. 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. Welcome Ruth! 


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.  

#PrayFastAct February 21: 
Justice for American Indians and Native Alaskans

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 enough for all to thrive. 

As Lutherans, we are called to “seek sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all,” and to ensure that all God’s children are cared for. American Indians and Alaska Natives have been and still are subjected to various forms of physical and social injustices. As members of our congregations and communities, we owe them our support. Let us lift our voices and ask our members of Congress to protect funding for American Indians and Alaska Native programs that provide relief, promote public safety, and support a meaningful livelihood.

Here's how to equip yourself and your congregation to #PrayFastAct on February 21:

  1. Read the February advocacy resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. government to address the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  2. Visit ELCA.org/PrayFastAct to watch a message from The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. 
  3. Read the testimony of the  National Congress of American Indians before  the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies expressing on behalf Native Americans and Alaska Natives the need for public safety and business support.
  4. Look out for the #PrayFastAct action alert on Wednesday, February 21, and join us as we pray, fast and advocate together.

Read the invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy from presiding bishops of the ELCA and the Episopal church here. To learn more about our calling to #PrayFastAct "For Such a Time as This," visit ELCA.org/PrayFastAct.

"For Such a Time as This," in December 2017 we focused on the United Nation’s 17 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 For Such a Time as This resource on Sustainable Development Goals here.
  • Pray for each of the goals using prayers from the World Council of Churches here.

ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

“The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;” (Psalm 24:1)

As Lutherans, we recognize that our failure to protect God’s people and all of creation leads to problems that intensify social injustices, resulting in situations where those who are marginalized and vulnerable are most impacted. 

Over the next month, Congress will decide how to fund the federal government. This process includes support for important domestic and international conservation and clean energy programs in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs legislation.


Contact your United States senators now and ask them to protect funding for environmental programs and entities that protect all of creation!

ELCA Public Policy Offices
Main ELCA Offices

  • NEW 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
  • April 2017: Climate Change Executive Order; State reports from Minnesota and Pennsylvania
  • March 2017: Methane Waste Standards; State reports from California and Wisconsin
  • February 2017: Green Climate Fund; State reports from California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
  • January 2017: State reports: California, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • December 2016: Water Justice in Flint; UN Conference on Climate Change; reports from California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin
  • November 2016: Paris Agreement Update
  • October 2016: Flint Water Aid; Shishmaref, AK
  • September 2016: 100th Anniversary of National Parks; Lutheran Office for Public Policy - California
  • July 2016: Welcoming Ruth Ivory-Moore to the ELCA Advocacy Team; Green Climate Fund
  • June 2016: Pressure builds on Flint, Mich.
  • April 2016: Methane Standards
  • March 2016: Updates and Action on Flint, Mich., DPINGO Briefing on Global Migration
  • February 2016: 2016 Policy Priorities, Justice for Flint, Mich., Sustainable Development Goals
  • December 2015: COP21 Paris, Sustainable Development Goals
  • November 2015: Green Climate Fund; Path to Paris
  • October 2015: Lutheran and Episcopal Leaders Letter; 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • September 2015: Write in support of the Green Climate Fund
  • August 2015: EPA Clean Power Plan Announced

  • July 2015: Vatican Encyclical Laudato Si', Endangered Species Act

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.