Water and Watersheds
Churchwide Assembly Resolution Urging Stewardship of the Gift of Water 
Noting "the many biblical themes of renewal and liberation that water affords," and the importance of watersheds for environmental justice and creation care, the Assembly resolved to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of watersheds and water.  Read the resolution

RESOLVED, that the ELCA, in Assembly, requests the Church Council to direct the appropriate churchwide unit to provide every active rostered leader with resources to locate each congregation within its watershed district, so that waters may be named and known in worship and intercessory prayers, and that theological and biblical themes may build awareness, care and thanksgiving for the gift of these waters; and let it be further

RESOLVED, that the ELCA, in Assembly, requests the Church Council to direct the appropriate churchwide unit to provide resources to congregations and individual members to encourage and support conservation and prayerful stewardship of water resources; and let it be further

RESOLVED, that the ELCA, in Assembly, requests the Church Council to direct the appropriate churchwide unit to continue to develop strategies and provide resources to support areas struggling with natural or human-caused disasters that impact access to clean water, such as water contamination, drought and floods, with an awareness that the impact of our environmental actions have disproportionate implication for communities of color with lower incomes; and let it be further 

RESOLVED, that the ELCA, in Assembly, encourages congregations to plan events outside their doors and within their watersheds, utilizing the many biblical themes of renewal and liberation that water affords

-- ELCA Churchwide Assembly, 2016

(Can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.)

Our Watershed Momenta toolkit from the EcoFaith Network of the Minneapolis Synod, introduces the concept of a watershed and includes resources for theological reflection, worship, youth, education, advocacy, and water stewardship in the home.

Water and Ecotheology: Articles by Benjamin Stewart
Creation Justice Ministries Earth Sunday Resource: 
Water Conservation

March 22-24, 2017, New York

The conference will be a very good source of educational materials and other resources on water. The conference focus will include:
  • Developing a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift;
  • Exploring the relationship between water issues and climate change; and
  • Measures to mitigate and adapt to water issues of access, pollution, drought, flooding and rising tides.
The speakers will include: Jeffrey SachsChristiana PeppardWinston HalapuaThabo MakgobaKatharine Hayhoe, and Maude Barlow.

Attendance can be in-person or it can be done remotely by a site agreeing to become a partner site to host. The only technical requirements to be a partner site are a web connection, projection capability, and speakers. Trinity provides full technical support before and during the conference, including the facilitation of a test webcast if you’re planning to live-stream.

Trinity will provide guidelines and an instructional video for facilitators. The cost to be a partner site depends on what the site can afford, but it ranges from $100 to $500.

NEW Blessing the Waters of Life:
Justice and Healing for Our Watersheds

Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference and ecumenical pre-event 

Barbara Rossing and Native American leaders of Columbia River Tribes, featured speakers

September 26-29, 2017 
Menucha Conference Center near Portland, Oregon

check PEC website for information as it becomes available.

ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet
Theological background and information on water stewardship globally, nationally, and locally. Under the “Find Your Watershed” section of the Factsheet you can click on the link to the USEPA site and input your zip code and you will be able to locate your watershed.  Download at the bottom of this page or go to the ELCA Advocacy Resources page. 

Vimeo slideshow with narration by Kyle Warfield, Outreach coordinator at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD

Watershed Discipleship is a website and organization based on the idea that the best way to orient the church’s work and witness is through bioregionally-grounded planning and action which focuses on the actual watersheds we inhabit.  Website includes a blog, links to articles by Ched Meyers and others, and information about watersheds. Read more: Watershed Discipleship Movement and Resources

NEW After visiting the Watershed Discipleship site, take the survey, open through April 30, to give feedback on what you would find most useful on the site. 

The GreenFaith Water Shield is an environmental merit badge program signifying that a faith-based institution has taken steps - educational, spiritual, and practical - to conserve water, protect water quality, and mobilize its members and community to do the same at home.  Learn More.

Resources to Observe a Water Month Emphasis