Issue-Based Advocacy » Finance/Consumption

Our faith tradition has a long history of intentionally and deliberately stewarding our fiscal gifts. The ELCA has a wealth of materials regarding our Corporate Social Responsibility.  Below is an ever-growing collection of inspirational examples of how to live out our obligation to ethically use our resources.  If you are interested in being part of our grassroots team to continually dig deeper into how we can consume less and grow more good – contact us. 

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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Living into a Vision of Sustainability for the Whole Earth Community. - Leah Schade reflects on the Good Shepherd. Care ...
Impact Reduction: Reduce/eliminate junk mail.

Impact Reduction: Reduce/eliminate junk mail.

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or ...
Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling

Finlandia University began a program to recycle batteries on campus. Battery Recycling bins have been placed around campus. The bins were ...
Valparaiso University shares tips about how to reuse plastic bags!

Valparaiso University shares tips about how to reuse plastic bags!

When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is saved! ...
Capital University Utilizes "Green Thread" Environmental Sustainability Platform

Capital University Utilizes “Green Thread” Environmental Sustainability Platform

Through Green Thread, Capital University's environmental sustainability platform, innovative and efficient solutions are brought to life. Green Thread helps employees ...
Just Transitions Conversation (March 2021)

Just Transitions Conversation (March 2021)

Listen in to our discussion with Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA’s Program Director, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Focus: Just Transitions What ...
St. Olaf Natural Lands Play an Important Role in Conservation Efforts for Native Species

St. Olaf Natural Lands Play an Important Role in Conservation Efforts for Native Species

A story in the Star Tribune newspaper highlights how St. Olaf College's 350 acres of natural lands not only serve ...
Youth Gather and We All Grow!

Youth Gather and We All Grow!

Back in the summer of 2018 hundreds of youth and group leaders visited our Lutherans Restoring Creation space in the ...
Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

The Beginning of Abundance Is at the End of Scarcity - Drew Tucker reflects on how this week’s readings relate ...
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

As institutions and individuals we have a hard time understanding and being in control of how our money is used ...
Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Thanks to Wilbur Holz in Rapid City, SD for sharing this example and resource: Trex https://www.trex.com/ the decking company has ...
Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sabbath Fufillment – Tom Mundahl reflects on striving to enable all members of creation to be what God intended them ...
Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf"

Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf”

Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf” by Dr. Leah D. Schade ...
Wartburg College REUSED Store

Wartburg College REUSED Store

The Wartburg College REUSED store is a way for students, faculty, and staff to participate in sustainability on campus. It ...
Wind Power for Luther College

Wind Power for Luther College

Luther’s continued efforts to exist sustainably are aimed at decreasing campus consumption and lowering costs for basic campus resources such ...
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013)

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013)

The increasingly pressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions for Christians. But, as Cynthia Moe-Lobeda argues, the future ...
Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Guidelines for Ecologically Responsible Events Prepared by Pilgrims Caring for Creation Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN in response to ...
Coming Home To Earth 

Coming Home To Earth 

by Mark Brocker As a young Norwegian Lutheran teenager in rural Wisconsin, Brocker lay awake one night worrying whether he ...
Concordia College in Moorhead Hosts Successful Community Tree Planting Event (2017)

Concordia College in Moorhead Hosts Successful Community Tree Planting Event (2017)

A recent community tree planting event was a huge success. More than 60 students, faculty, and staff helped plant trees ...
Perspectives on Animals as Food

Perspectives on Animals as Food

July 2021 Connections Call Recording & Related Resources: Hear as Sarah & Brandon Bowers describe their methods of raising animals ...
EarthBound video series - Now Available Streaming!

EarthBound video series – Now Available Streaming!

This timeless series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Luther´s breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across ...
Waste Reduction Efforts for Luther College Move Out Take Shape (2016)

Waste Reduction Efforts for Luther College Move Out Take Shape (2016)

In an effort to reduce the waste associated with move-out this semester, Luther Sustainability has partnered with several Decorah-area organizations ...
Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Life Outside the Garden of Goodness - Dennis Ormseth reflects on overcoming the hostilities that divide us. Care for Creation ...
Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Down-to-Earth Benefits for the Entire Community – Dennis Ormseth reflects on stepping out beyond the religious competition to curry God's favor and ...
Booker Vance

Booker Vance

Booker Vance is the Policy Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy.  He is a native of Houston, TX. He attended Bethany ...
Sowing the Seeds of Transformation (prayer)

Sowing the Seeds of Transformation (prayer)

This prayer was created for use during the March against Fossil Fuels: (September 17, 2023) but can be used for ...
What Do We Know About Carbon Pricing and How is it Part of a Just Transition?

What Do We Know About Carbon Pricing and How is it Part of a Just Transition?

We are grateful for the work of Faith Action Team with Citizens' Climate Lobby and eager to share that a ...
Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston

Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston

This regional organization shares the experts in their midst with the wider audience online across the globe. Check out the ...
Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Theological background and information on water stewardship globally, nationally, and locally. Under the “Find Your Watershed” section of the Factsheet ...
Augsburg Awarded $475,000 to Help Infuse Sustainability Into All Facets of College Life (2017)

Augsburg Awarded $475,000 to Help Infuse Sustainability Into All Facets of College Life (2017)

In 2017, Augsburg University launched initiatives to build capacity for integrating environmental sustainability across all curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects ...
A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

What tools can churches and individual members bring to the table to achieve 50% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by ...
Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Is Distance Our Security? - Robert Saler reflects on embracing interdependence joyfully. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Ways to Integrate Creation Care in your Lenten Practices

Ways to Integrate Creation Care in your Lenten Practices

During the season of Lent (or any other time of introspection), share these resources with your Bible Study group, Worship ...
This is Church and You Are Needed Inside & Out

This is Church and You Are Needed Inside & Out

Watch this message from our churchwide leaders and fellow members across the country who recognize the tough, uncomfortable work of ...
Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

A Prayer in the Anthropocene - Carmen Retzlaff reflects on food scarcity and food sovereignty. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Featured School: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Featured School: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College has been pursuing sustainable decision making for over three decades. As the world's environmental issues grow more and ...
First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Stay Alert with Hope; and Beware the Consumers of Christmas. - Tom Mundahl reflects on hope, watching, and serving. Care ...
Transportation: “On the Way” Bible Study

Transportation: “On the Way” Bible Study

•Opening Prayer: Gracious God, we have gathered here from many places. Thank you for safe travels. Bless this time together. Amen. •Introductory discussion: ...
Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the workers in the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Living the Change: A Tool Connected to Many Faiths

Living the Change: A Tool Connected to Many Faiths

GreenFaith has helped pull together leaders from various religions across the globe to recognize our common concern for the planet ...
Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

The purpose of this kit is to enable you to have a basic program and organization to function as a ...
Preaching on Creation: Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 21) in Year B (Ormseth18)

Preaching on Creation: Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 21) in Year B (Ormseth18)

All Creation Is Raised Up - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Great Economy of the Good Shepherd. Care for Creation Commentary ...
Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

What Hope Is There Unless We Address Our Consumption? - Tom Mundah reflects on the inequality of wealth. Care for Creation ...
Do we Stay Home and DO nothing?

Do we Stay Home and DO nothing?

The general call to to action is simply: "Stay Home".   However, many can't heed that call, even if they wanted ...
Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Heart of God's Act of Liberating / Creating - Dennis Ormseth on rooting our self-giving in God's self-giving. Care for ...
Sunday September 4 - 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? - Robert Saler reflects on the implications of theological transformation. Care for Creation ...
creation care group of Lutherans

What Can We Do?

AFFIRM: Personally, with your church council, or entire synod, review our ELCA's 1993 call to action and commit to engaging in ...
Wartburg College Offers A New Twist to the Common 3R's of Sustainable Living

Wartburg College Offers A New Twist to the Common 3R’s of Sustainable Living

The majority of people have probably heard of the 3R's of Sustainable Living:  Reduce, reuse, recycle. Wartburg College has added ...
Free Table at Augsburg University

Free Table at Augsburg University

Augsburg University has a "free" reuse table that is available to any student, staff, or faculty member in the Augsburg ...
Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

A Time for Gathering – Tom Mundahl reflects on freeing all creatures to dwell in peace and mutual respect. Care for ...
Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach (Orbis Books, 2015)

Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach (Orbis Books, 2015)

This valuable classroom resource explores a number of issues in social and environmental ethics and provides resources for engaging in ...
Second Sunday of Easter (April 7) in Year B (Ormseth15)

Second Sunday of Easter (April 7) in Year B (Ormseth15)

Self-Giving - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what it means to "own" property. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  ...
Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Mundahl21)

Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Mundahl21)

Practice Resurrection - Tom Mundahl reflects on the story told by how we live. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

All Will Indeed Be Well - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Wisdom as the careful husbanding of resources for the protection, enhancement, ...
Luther College and Raptor Resource Project Build Banding Station (2017)

Luther College and Raptor Resource Project Build Banding Station (2017)

A grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources allowed Luther College and the Decorah Raptor Resource Project to build ...
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… (July 29, 2018)

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… (July 29, 2018)

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 ...
Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

We Need a "Conversion to Earth!" - Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

NOW. - Tom Martin reflects on the prophets and Jesus calling us to ecojustice "today." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Gettysburg College Offers Nationally Recognized Recycling Program

Gettysburg College Offers Nationally Recognized Recycling Program

Gettysburg College has been home to successful recycling programs since the early 1980s. Since then, the College has won national ...
So We Can Restore Creation

So We Can Restore Creation

While caring for the environment can feel overwhelming, it’s when we stand together, each doing our part, that we find ...
Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” - Dennis Ormseth reflects on community, trinity, and ...
Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Who Will Shepherd the Shepherdless? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on a way of life where vices have been transformed into economic ...
Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

EmPOWER your community to communicate with who manages your energy! Hear from Emilie Bouvier, Director of Organizing in the Minneapolis ...
Church Bulletin and Newsletter Input

Church Bulletin and Newsletter Input

There is plenty of information "out there" on how we can make steps to live a life with less of ...
First Lutheran in Decorah Signs Paris Pledge

First Lutheran in Decorah Signs Paris Pledge

by Sarah Webb, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light First Lutheran in Decorah signed the Paris Pledge, joining other congregations across ...
Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril

Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril

Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril Edited by Lisa Dahill and James Martin-Schramm   The conviction at ...
Clothing Swap at California Lutheran University

Clothing Swap at California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University hosted a free clothing swap in conjunction with an art exhibit that examined the harmful effects of ...
Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

We Are What He Has Made Us – Tom Mundahl reflects on our role in Christ's renewing of creation. Care for ...
Several ELCA Colleges Named in the Sierra Club's Top "Cool Schools" List (2017)

Several ELCA Colleges Named in the Sierra Club’s Top “Cool Schools” List (2017)

Muhlenberg College, Luther College, Wartburg College, Wittenberg College, and Pacific Lutheran University were all recently included in the Sierra Club's ...
Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year B (Mundahl12)

To Stand Beholding - Tom Mundahl reflects on an alternative to our cravings and their resulting garbage. Care for Creation ...
Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

We turned an empty lot in L.A. into an edible sanctuary. by Anna Woofenden (shared from Christian Century magazine) When I moved ...
Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

by Terra Schwerin Rowe Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But ...
The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation

The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

Edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel Forward by David Rhoads With contributions by David Rhoads, Paul Santmire, Celia-Diane-Drummond, Heather ...
All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat  (November 2018)

All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat  (November 2018)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 7 p.m. – Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.    Cramer Retreat Center  1800 Meadow Edge Lane  ...
2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future

2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future

2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future During the months leading up to the August ...
What does church have to do with it?

What does church have to do with it?

As many faith-based organizations are struggling with their place in relation to people's daily lives, so does the Evangelical Lutheran ...
Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Love the Neighborhood As Yourself! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on bringing the human economy into consonance with the Great Economy. Care ...
Know trash? No trash! Try this youth program!

Know trash? No trash! Try this youth program!

Put on a youth program about Trash! How well do you know your trash? How can your youth group become ...