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Minneapolis Congregations as Creation Care Centers Resolution



Resolution regarding Congregations as Creation Care Centers.


WHEREAS we read in Genesis 1:31 that “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good;”  and we read further in Colossians 1;19-20 that through Christ, “God was pleased to reconcile to God’s very self all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of Christ’s cross;” and further in 2 Peter 3:13 that God will one day consummate all things in “new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home;" and


WHEREAS, the Social Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice” acknowledges that “today living creatures, and the air, soil, and water that support them, face unprecedented threats, mostly from human activity” (paragraph II.B), and urges “each congregation should see itself as a center for exploring scriptural and theological foundations for caring for creation" (paragraph V.B.1) and further,

v as a ‘Committed Community. .  incorporate the principles of sufficiency and sustainability and . . . take other measures that work to limit consumption and reduce wastes” (paragraph V.C);

v as a “Community of Moral Deliberation” enter into discussion of a wide rage of environmental issues (Paragraph V. D); and

v as “an Advocate” engage in advocacy on behalf of creation “in partnership, ecumenically and with others who share our concern for the environment” (paragraph V.E); and


WHEREAS, the Minneapolis Area Synod and its member congregations are responsible for the implementation of this Social Statement in our area; therefore be it


RESOLVED, the Minneapolis Area Synod in assembly ask the synod council to assign a work group to establish a process by which congregations may be formally recognized by the synod as “Creation Care Centers” as understood in “Caring for Creation;” and be it further


RESOLVED, the Minneapolis Area Synod urge its congregations to engage in the process of becoming "Creation Care Centers," seeking appropriate assistance with the environmental assessment, educational initiatives, and advocacy information from ELCA resources and/or from the New Earth Partnership, a coalition of churches in the Twin Cities Area concerned to promote care of creation.


Adopted by: Central Conference, April 14, 2002

Author: Rev. Dennis Ormseth (952-929-0439)

Contact person: Rev. William Heisley, Central Conference Dean


Reference and Counsel forwards without recommendation.