Category Archives: Regional Advocacy

Green Synod Mission Statement

[Please adapt this mission statement for your use]

As a synod committed to care for creation, we affirm creation in all its glory and beauty. We acknowledge God as the source of all things. We acknowledge Christ as the redeemer of all things. We acknowledge the Spirit as the sustainer of all things. As a result, we strive to respect all of life as sacramental. We accept our vocation as earth-keepers who care for creation. We see ourselves as part of the covenant of Noah that God made with humans and with all the animals of the land, sea, and air. We accept our responsibility to live justly in relation to our fellow human beings in ways that all creatures may mutually thrive together. We as a synod commit ourselves to support creation-care in the following five areas. Each area is followed by sample actions.

  1. Worship:We seek to worship in ways that express our gratitude and praise to God the creator and that glorify God intentionally together with all creation. In worship, we will celebrate creation, confess our sins against creation, grieve the losses of creation, commit ourselves to care for earth, and devote ourselves to peace and justice for the whole earth-community.
  2. Education: We seek to learn about the biblical, theological, and ecclesial traditions about creation, including the biblical mandate from God for us to care for Earth. We will seek to learn about the present degradations of creation due to human activity, how these degradations are related to human exploitation and oppression, how we as religious people are implicated in these matters, and what we as Christians can do to restore creation for future generations. We will train people to be leaders in their synod and community in our cooperative efforts to care for creation.
  3. Building and Grounds: We agree to assess the destructive impact that our activities and the use and maintenance of our property may have upon creation—in such matters as energy use, toxic products, paper use, water use, waste, transportation, among others. We will strive to make choices that lessen our negative impact on Earth and that heal and renew Earth Community.
  4. Discipleship as Home and Work:We encourage ourselves as individual members of this synod—at whatever age, economic level, ethnic group, or walk of life—to care for creation in our personal lifestyle, in our homes, and at our work—knowing that our habits and practices can contribute significantly to care for creation. We seek to foster a closer relationship with nature so that we can live simply and walk lightly upon the earth.
  5. Public Ministry/Political Advocacy:We seek to change the systems of government, business, and industry that foster the degradation of creation and to rectify the injustices that result from it. In cooperation with the ELCA office of advocacy, we seek to alert our congregations to legislation that protects creation and to encourage their active participation in the development of public policy. We encourage members to participate in civic activities and organizations that foster environmental health. We seek to let our care for creation be known to others..

We will pursue the implications of these provisions in a grace-filled and non-legalistic way, seeking to find hope and joy in the commitments that these provisions may entail and in the restorations that they engender. Because we desire to leave Earth a better place for our children, we will promote love and respect for creation in our youth.

Green Synod Funding

To support projects at the synodical and congregational levels, we will seek funding from the church, governmental agencies, foundations, and corporations concerned with care of the Earth.

Green Synod Declaration

In support of our commitment to care for creation, the synod will seek to declare itself a “Green Synod” and make public commitments with support for carrying them out.

Cooperation with the ELCA and with Lutherans Restoring Creation

We will seek to cooperate with the promotion of creation-care in the ELCA and the activities and resources of LRC. We will network among synods in the sharing of ideas, experiences, and resources. We will contribute reports to the LRC website. As we are able, we will seek to promote the greening of the ELCA in its offices, divisions, organizations, events, publications, and assemblies.

 

ELCA Advocacy Updates

The National ELCA Office of Advocacy offers updates from what’s going on in our capital and news from various affiliate offices around the country. Be sure to stay up-to-date with your area by signing up for these – CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action

“Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action!”

Pennsylvania – Tracey DePasquale, Interim-Director
www.lutheranadvocacypa.org

LAMPa partnered with ELCA Global Mission and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg for two days of worship, service, learning and advocacy on April 17 and 18, focused on the theme “Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action!”

Sunday’s events featured outdoor learning, service, an interfaith blessing of the waters and a meal, music and climate-change lecture in the Capitol rotunda. All events were open to the public. More than 150 people participated in the day’s events, which focused on our mutual call to care for the earth that sustains all of us. Highlights included tree- planting that kicked off a Reformation service-and-advocacy project and a canoe trip led by Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Lutheran Camping Corp. supplied canoes, recruiting and staff for that event.
The second day featured workshops and advocacy training around a variety of topics, with a special focus on the links between science and the issues on which we advocate. The event was an official part of the seminary’s Spring Academy Week. The day also featured a celebration of advocacy successes and recognition of advocates from each of Pennsylvania’s seven synods. 

We also unveiled a sample of a video on making advocacy known among our congregations. The video features advocates telling their stories, as well as an introduction by Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia theologian and LAMPa policy council member the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer.


Evangelical Lutheran leaders argue for Ohio energy efficiency and renewable energy

The president of a major Lutheran seminary and one of the three bishops overseeing the 550 Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are opposing a bill that would stall efficiency programs and the further growth of wind and solar power mandated since 2009. [Read More]

Creation Care: Faith to Action May 19th, 2018

MAY 19th, 8-12
Come and join us at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center for a day of learning practical ways we can all respond to God’s call to care for the earth
with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Barbara Rossing