Some of us bemoan the fact that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has not committed to entirely divest from fossil fuels as many others have (see latest cohort of 42 religious institutions). Some of us are wary of pulling out entirely from shareholder positions when we may be able to have more leverage to make change having a seat at that table. Others have a deep concern for all who are dependent on these economic systems, which many of us are complicit in driving every time we use a device or heat up our dinner.
There are many facets (explore below) involved with this complex issue which we are called to discuss and act on as people of faith. There are ways to move forward before we reach a church-wide consensus. Below are some of our responses, thus far, from regional resolutions to individual members lifting up a moral calling.
Where are you called to next?
Click on each below to hear stories and information we hope will inspire you to act and bring others with you:
- Reduce the demand for energy.
- Can your church or synod funds be divested? Contact other ELCA groups which have made this happen.
- Consider what a “Just Transition” would look like for the communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel industry.
- Ensure your pastor knows how to select the “green” Portico retirement funds.
- Learn about Carbon Pricing proposals in your area and discuss how legislation may affect the most vulnerable populations.
- Become a Creation Care Ambassador to share message of urgency and hope to move past controversy.
- Find out what local action is happening near you and encourage fellow members of your church to join you.