Regions/Synods

Churches of the ELCA are organized nationally into nine Regions. Depending on how many ELCA churches are in a vicinity, a synod office is organized per geographic Area which gathers clergy and lay leaders at least annually and is served by a Synodical Bishop.

We would like to ensure there are Care for Creation ministry efforts happening in all of our 65 ELCA synods, but we aren’t there yet.

As you can see on this map (click here) we have a liaison in each Region across the nation – so feel free to contact that person to get involved as locally as possible!

If you are in a synod without a liaison listed please feel free to contact us directly at info@lutheransrestoringcreation.org. If you feel called to serve as a liaison check out the role description (click here).

Items of interest for regions/synods:

There are 3 circular graphs. The first one shows that 26% of synods have a resolution to reduce emission. The second shows 43% of synods have a creation care ministry. The last shows 56% have a commitment to creation care.

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly Lutherans Call for Repeal of “Fracking Loopholes” (2014)

On the recommendation of a bipartisan task group, the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ...
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 ...
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 ...

Nurturing A Network: NW Minnesota Creation Care Team 2013

The mission of the Northwest Minnesota Synod Creation CareTeam is “to nurture a growing network that inspires our congregations and their members ...
NE MN Synod Retreat on Creation Care Worship, 2013 Retreat Schedule

NE MN Synod Retreat on Creation Care Worship, 2013 Retreat Schedule

Season of Creation Retreat: February 22 and 23 at Camp Hiawatha Northeast Minnesota Synod Friday, Feb 22, 2013 4pm                  registration 5pm                  welcome/introductions ...
Climate Change Revival - New England Congregations Unite (2013)

Climate Change Revival – New England Congregations Unite (2013)

The weekend that Boston's Copley Square re-opened after the devastating Marathon Bombings brought healing and refreshment in many forms. A ...
Carers for Creation Collaborate in the Northeast to Support the Earth and One Another (2015)

Carers for Creation Collaborate in the Northeast to Support the Earth and One Another (2015)

Check out the list of assets all these people bring to the table and how many forces are represented here! ...
creation care group of Lutherans

Central States Synod Gather Again & Again!

From idea to team to movement: Central States Green Team Central States Synod voted to become a Lutherans Restoring Creation ...
Retreat Center in Georgia hosts LRC Retreat - Winter 2018

Retreat Center in Georgia hosts LRC Retreat – Winter 2018

February 2-4, 2018 in Tallapoosa GA ( @ LutherRidge Retreat Center)  Over the course of two nights and three days ...

Green Synod Mission Statement

[Please adapt this mission statement for your use] As a synod committed to care for creation, we affirm creation in ...

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 ...

Ecological Christianity Through The Ten Commandments

The 1st Commandment: You shall have no other gods. What is this? We are to fear, love, and trust God ...

Ecological Christianity through Luther’s Small Catechism

We marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the occasion of Martin Luther writing his 95 Theses. For those ...

Ecological Christianity Through The Creed

The 1st Article, on Creation I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. What is this? I ...

Ecological Christianity Through The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven. What is this? With these words God wants to attract us, so that we come to ...

Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of Baptism

I. What is Baptism? Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead, it is water used according to God's command and ...

Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of the Altar

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under ...
Retreat in S. Carolina - November 2019

Retreat in S. Carolina – November 2019

Communion with Creation at the beautiful Atlantic coastline with other stewards of God’s good creation. Be empowered for creation care ...
New England Synod Takes the Challenge (2013)

New England Synod Takes the Challenge (2013)

At the New England 2013 Assembly, June 7-9, voters agreed to urge the restraint of hydraulic fracturing and request an ...
Caring for Creation: An Environmental Workshop for People of Faith (Erie, PA Synod Workshop 2014)

Caring for Creation: An Environmental Workshop for People of Faith (Erie, PA Synod Workshop 2014)

Lutherans Restoring Creation of the Northwest Pennsylvania Synod held a workshop (Caring for Creation: An Environmental Workshop for People of ...

MN Area Synod Passes Climate Change Resolution

Download the Resolution & Rationale they used to discuss the issues behind the considerations. What do we do to make sure our ...
Tales from a Green Shepherd, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (2013)

Tales from a Green Shepherd, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (2013)

The second week in August, 2013, about a dozen and a half Lutherans converged on Singmaster House at the Lutheran ...

Metro NY Synod Resolution on Energy Stewardship (2010)

A Resolution on Energy Stewardship – Metro NY Synod Whereas, we in the industrialized world are consuming energy and Earth’s ...
Youth Volunteers Improve Energy Efficiency at Koinonia (2016)

Youth Volunteers Improve Energy Efficiency at Koinonia (2016)

By Maggie Hutchison Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA How many young people does it take to screw in a light ...
29 Lutherans in PA were empowered with creation justice tools! (2013)

29 Lutherans in PA were empowered with creation justice tools! (2013)

Many voices come together to make big reverberations! Twenty-nine Lutherans from across Pennsylvania and beyond gathered at Lutheran Theological Seminary ...

Upper Susquehanna (PA) Synod Assembly passes three eco-related Memorials/Resolutions (2015)

At the Upper Susquehanna (PA) Synod June 2015 Assembly three eco-related Memorials/Resolutions were passed. The following is a summary of ...