Resolutions

 Sample Resolutions (word docs) to edit and submit at your next synod assembly (usually due in early spring).
Below are recent resolutions passed by ELCA synods on caring for creation and related environmental issues.  
Many of these resolutions and background materials for resolutions can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Eco-Reformation 

Submitted/approved by the Upper Susquehanna (PA) Synod         June 2015 Workshop Power Point Presentation

Submitted/approved by the Northeastern Iowa Synod June 2015

Approved by New England Synod June 2015

Adopted by Northeastern Minnesota Synod May 2015

(forwarded to conference deans for consideration) 

Eastern WA/ID Synod
Approved April 25, 2015

Caring for Creation - general

Resolution on Caring for Creation
North/West Lower MI Synod Assembly
Approved May 14-16, 2004

Resolution on Environmental Stewardship 
Southeastern Minnesota Synod, 2009

Climate Change

NEW Church's Response to Climate Disruption
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
Approved May 2015
  
Southeastern Synod
Approved June 2015

Minneapolis Area Synod
Approved February 9, 2014

Resolution on Faithful Response to Climate Change
Minneapolis Area Synod
Approved March 22, 2007

Resolution on Climate Change
North/West Lower MI Synod Assembly
Approved May 20-22, 2007 

Resolution on Faithful Response to Global Climate Change
Northern Illinois Synod Assembly
Approved May 2007

Resolution on Faithful Response to Global Climate Change
South-Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly
Approved 2007

Resolution to Address Climate Change
St. Paul Area Synod, 2009


Congregation Action

Congregational Covenants for the Care of Creation
ELCA North / West Lower MI Synod Assembly May 16-18, 1999
Approved May 17, 1999 

Resolution regarding Congregations as Creation Care Centers
Minneapolis Area Conference Assembly
Approved April 14th, 2002 

Resolution to become Green Congregations
Northern Illinois Synod Assembly
Approved April 2008

Resolution: Focus on Greening Congregations (Youth)
Northern Illinois Synod Assembly
Approved April 2009

Creation Care in Congregations
Northeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly, 2009

Congregations to do Annual Energy Audits
ELCA Florida/Bahamas Synod, 2009

Divestment from Fossil Fuels

NEW Transition to Cleaner Energy Memorial                        Upper Susquehanna (PA) Synod June 2015

Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod's Creation Care Task Force pledges to investigate what divestment would mean for the synod and the world. June 2015

Metro New York Synod 
Approved May 29, 2015
Resolution attached at bottom of this page.
Assembly booklet with resolutions

Saint Paul, MN Area Synod
Approved April 24-25, 2015

Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution
Oregon Synod
Approved May 18, 2013.
Resolution and talking points attached at the bottom of this page.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution
New England Synod
Approved June 7-9, 2013
Story (under Featured Stories)
Resolution attached at bottom of this page.

Additional information about Divestment




 

Energy Stewardship

Congregations to do Annual Energy Audits
ELCA Florida/Bahamas Synod, 2009

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
Metro NY Synod
Approved May 2010

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
North/West Lower Michigan Synod
Approved May 2010

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Approved May 2010

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod
Approved May 2010

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
Sierra Pacific Synod
Approved May 2010

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship
Northeastern Iowa Synod
Approved 2011 

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
Approved 2011

Fracking

Resolution to repeal of environmental and public health exemptions on shale gas and oil extraction and processing.  
Upper Susquehanna Synod 
Approved June 20, 2014
Press Release attached at the bottom of this page.

Resolution urging restraint of hydraulic fracturing
New England Synod
Approved June 7-9,  2013  
Story (under Featured Stories)
Resolution attached at the bottom of this page.

Synod Action
(see sample covenant) 
Central States Synod
Approved June 2015

Resolution to become a Green Synod
Northern Illinois Synod Assembly 
Approved April 2008

Resolution on Establishing an Environmental Stewardship Committee
Metropolitan New York Synod, 2009
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