Lutherans Restoring Creation encourages synod-wide groups and congregations to submit the following Memorial to their Synod Assemblies to vote on and then refer to the Churchwide Memorials Committee for review during the Churchwide Assembly in the summer of 2022.
Follow this outline of “How” here – Please download and share at assemblies!
QUESTIONS? Please see Notes Version here and add comments as your councils/conferences/assemblies bring up concerns so that we can all enter in dialogue.
See/Share Updates Coming in from Across the Country:
Add your name/synod if you are attempting to pass any eco-justice related Resolution or Memorial:
“Add Comment” to Shared Spreadsheet Here (click).
At any stage of organizing, we would like to try to connect you with others attempting similar progress.
Note from March 16, 2022: See Memorial submitted to the Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly – this clarifies a specific path for ELCA operations to include mechanisms for investing in an emissions reduction plan. The “Just Transition” Memorial is outward facing (encouraging advocacy & education). This additional Memorial is aimed at specifically detailing how the ELCA can model the behavior it purports to esteem.
Feel free to use this template as well (please add comments if you decide to propose this to your assembly as well)!
For background conversations and resources associated with development of this proposed Memorial explore Connections Calls posts and recordings*.
We suggest these faith-based and secular organizations who are doing this work and may have resources and opportunities that suit your local context or current congregational work:
Lutheran World Federation, Ethnic Specific Ministry Association of the ELCA, Green the Church, ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow, ACT Alliance, GreenFaith, Creation Justice Ministries, The Sunrise Movement, Hip Hop Caucus, 350.org, Dream Corps, Poor People’s Campaign, America is All In, US Climate Action Network, NAACP, Citizens Climate Lobby, Third Act, World Resources Institute.
* > August Call/Post: Why a Memorial? How does it fit in with part of this ministry?
> September Call/Post: Tools to Reduce our Impact as Institutions/Groups/Individuals
> October Call/Post: “People in our Neighborhood” Help Sustain this work.