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Sierra Pacific Synod Resolution on Energy Stewardship

WHEREAS, we are called to tend God's creation as part of our loving service to God and to our neighbor, and yet persist in consuming non-renewable fossil fuel resources in a way that is both unsustainable in the future and unfair to those in the developing world; and

WHEREAS human activity, especially the over-consumption of energy and natural resources, appears to be a critical factor in causing environmental distress, thereby exacerbating already difficult situations for millions living with poverty and hunger, as weather extremes such as flood and drought increase; and

WHEREAS the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, recognizing the gravity of these threats, has long been committed to addressing environmental issues as part of our call to justice, sustainability, and solidarity with affected communities; and

WHEREAS the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, along with our partners in the Lutheran World Federation and Lutheran World Relief, is committed to working to alleviate hunger, poverty, and unsustainable living conditions globally; and

WHEREAS the 2009 Pacific Synod Assembly committed itself to a goal of 50% reduction in our carbon footprint over the next decade; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Sierra Pacific Synod authorizes the establishment of a Sierra Pacific Green Team (under the auspices of the Witness and Service Discipling Team) to encourage the faithful stewardship of energy by this Synod, its congregations, administrative offices, and individual members; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sierra Pacific Green Team facilitate its congregations, administrative offices and outdoor ministries offering a public witness of energy stewardship by helping them understand and significantly improve the greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. "carbon footprint") of facilities they operate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this synod memorialize the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at its 2011 Churchwide Assembly to challenge all expressions of the ELCA to significantly reduce their energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and to share this commitment and those steps taken to achieve it in a public way in official publications and communication channels of this church..

Approved May 2010
Sierra Pacific Synod in Assembly