Advocacy » Resolutions

ELCA members have the opportunity to be public witnesses through the process of submitting, educating fellow members, and eventually passing synod resolutions. Some of these public statements and declarations of change also move along to be a Memorial to be passed by the entire Church-wide body which meets every three years. For details about your local submission requirements contact your synod office.

We have a history of creation care-related ELCA synod resolutions and related materials. Please contact us ASAP if you are preparing a draft or see something that we are missing! Many of these are supported by important footnotes and talking points per each topic area:

Recent resolutions:

Milwaukee Synod Calls for a Creation Care Constitution

Milwaukee Synod Calls for a Creation Care Constitution

The Milwaukee synod has passed a resolution to amend the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the ELCA to include ...
Eco-Resources for Your Synod Gatherings

Eco-Resources for Your Synod Gatherings

What can YOU do to get congregations in your area thinking about Caring for Creation as part of church? 1 ...
LRC Seeks Collaboration with ELCA Synods

LRC Seeks Collaboration with ELCA Synods

Lutherans Restoring Creation ("LRC") is working to collaborate with ELCA synods in bringing care for creation into the full life ...
Northeastern Iowa Synod Passes Creation Care Resolution!

Northeastern Iowa Synod Passes Creation Care Resolution!

Congratulations to another synod making the commitment to Care for Creation! In 2023, the Northeastern Iowa synod's assembly voted to ...
Southwest Washington Synod Commits to Creation Care!

Southwest Washington Synod Commits to Creation Care!

Congratulations to the Southwest Washington Synod for passing a resolution to care for creation! In 2023, this synod's assembly voted ...
Northwestern Minnesota Synod Commits to Climate Care!

Northwestern Minnesota Synod Commits to Climate Care!

Congratulations to another synod making the commitment to Care for Creation! On June 3rd, the Northwestern Minnesota synod's assembly voted ...
ELCA Actions for a Just Transition to a Healthier Climate for All

ELCA Actions for a Just Transition to a Healthier Climate for All

The Church’s Vision of Creation / Just Transition “We as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are deeply concerned ...
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 ...
Eco-Reformation & Environmental Justice: In Word & Deed

Eco-Reformation & Environmental Justice: In Word & Deed

The Grace Gathering ran parallel to the 2016 Churchwide Voting Assembly in New Orleans. The goal in gathering was to ...
Lutheran Responses to Fossil Fuel Dependency

Lutheran Responses to Fossil Fuel Dependency

Some of us bemoan the fact that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has not committed to entirely divest from ...

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 ...
Carbon Fee (and Dividend) Resolution Passed at Churchwide (2019)

Carbon Fee (and Dividend) Resolution Passed at Churchwide (2019)

The following Synod Resolution was passed by the SC Synod of Wisconsin and passed at Churchwide Assembly in 2019.  See ...
Consider Caring for Creation Coaching

Consider Caring for Creation Coaching

What is ELCA Coaching? Click here for a Ministry Description Why would you need a Creation Care Coach for your Synod ...
How Do We Truly Commit to the Earth Charter?

How Do We Truly Commit to the Earth Charter?

During the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the ELCA voted to officially sign onto the principals of the Earth Charter.  How does ...
Synod Resolutions: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Synod Resolutions: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Read more about the ELCA's national commitment to invest responsibly made at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly here. Below are more ...
Advocating and Acting for Reducing Greenhouse Gases (Call-8/17/21)

Advocating and Acting for Reducing Greenhouse Gases (Call-8/17/21)

A Call to Advocate and Act for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gases for the Health of All Thanks to Pastor Jonathan ...

Resolution on Caring for Creation: North/West Lower MI Synod in Assembly 2004

WHEREAS, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted the social statement “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice” by a ...

Central States Synod Assembly Resolution Calls for “Green Action” (2017)

At the 2017 Synod Assembly in Kansas City, voting members adopted a resolution that encourages "its leaders and congregations to ...
2016 Churchwide Assembly Resolution Urging Stewardship of the Gift of Water 

2016 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 ...

Motion C: Resolution Urging Stewardship of the Gift of Water

2016 Churchwide Assembly ASSEMBLY ACTION CA16.05.24 To adopt Motion C. ­­­ WHEREAS, Holy Scripture reminds us that “the Holy Habitation of ...

2017 Synod Assemblies Pass More Eco-Justice Resolutions!

South Central Wisconsin passed their Carbon Fee & Dividend Resolution! MD/DE Synod Assembly for approving a Resolution on Ecological Justice (read here). And Central States passed ...

Sample resolutions to edit and submit at your next synod assembly

Carbon Pricing & Dividend Sample Resolutions & Talking Points/Issues Sample Transition to Clean, Renewable Energy Resolution Sample Fossil Fuels Divestment ...
ELCA Churchwide Pledges to Move Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

ELCA Churchwide Pledges to Move Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

August 13th, after days of conversation, discernment and prayer the 2016 churchwide voting assembly voted to pass the Memorial: Towards a Responsible ...

Synod Resolutions: Eco-Reformation (2015 and 2016)

Memorial on Eco-Reformation in the Context of Climate Change Northwest Synod of Wisconsin  Approved May 2016 Memorial & Resolution for ...

Upper Susquehanna PA Synod Eco-Reformation 2015

Memorial on Eco-Reformation in the Context of Climate Change WHEREAS, 2017 will mark observances of the 500th anniversary of the ...

NorthEastern Iowa’s Eco-Reformation (2015)

Submitted/Approved at the June 2015 Northeastern Iowa's Synod Assembly: Eco-Reformation in the Context of the Northeastern Iowa Synod WHEREAS, in ...

Metro New York Resolution: Establishing an Environmental Stewardship Committee (2009)

Submitted by the Tappan Zee Conference, St. Luke’s (New Rochelle), St. John’s (Mamaroneck), Our Redeemer (Chappaqua), Chapel of Christ (Yonkers), ...

Southeastern Minnesota Environmental Stewardship Resolution (2009)

Resolution 2009 - 03: Environmental Stewardship 1 WHEREAS, the ELCA adopted the “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice” Social ...

Synod Resolutions: 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 ...

New England Synod’s Eco-Reformation

Resolution on Eco-Reformation  WHEREAS, 2017 will mark observances of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which addressed fundamental threats to ...