[videopress MvdQYMEP] Listen in to our discussion with Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA’s Program Director, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Focus: Just Transitions What does this term mean? How do we discuss these issues in love and faith and move forward together? Check out this new resource out of the Advocacy Office: “Just Transition to a Sustainable Future”   Read more about our Lutheran grassroots response to fossil fuel dependency. Resources/readings shared via the chat: Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) – examples and explanations How does the way we eat come into all of this? Explore and share resources here The Pine Tree Amendment proposed in MaineRead More →

Pastor Vance (62) is the Policy Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy.  He is a native of Houston, TX. He attended Bethany Lutheran College in Lindsborg, KS where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with a concentration in Mathematics in 1980. He continued his education as he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) in 1986 with a Master of Divinity degree. Immediately upon graduation from seminary, Rev. Vance served as the Pastor of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Southside of Chicago in the Chatham Neighborhood for from 1986-2016. Following his faithful and steadfast service at St.Read More →

During the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the ELCA voted to officially sign onto the principals of the Earth Charter.  For a history on that process read here (click). Now what? How do we all make sure we live this out?  The Delaware-Maryland Creation Care Ministry group first started to shepherd this task for the ELCA Sustainability Table in the spring of 2020.  Then by the fall, thanks to funding from the Stewardship of Life Institute, Organizing for Mission, and the Central States Synod (CSS)  an inaugural group rallied together to be trained with organizing skills to see that churches know how to live out these principals. Read More →

As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ELCA. (Click here to listen.) During the January 2020 call, after a group devotional,  Katrina Martich shared what she took away from the 2019 Lutheran Disaster Response Convening.  Listen here to the whole call (she starts at 20:35). “There are natural hazards, but no such thing as natural disasters, even though that is a term many of those in the public are familiar with. Disasters happen when hazards (for example natural hazards like hurricanes) impact people and the systems people have made – their culture,Read More →

Is Distance Our Security? Embracing Interdependence Joyfully: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 12:13-21 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for July 31 – August 6, Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 Theologian Joseph Sittler once made the point that, in our day and age, to possess wealth is to be able to purchase distance from one another—to enact a kind of “blubber,” as he puts it, that shields us from undesired interaction with the world. Recently, Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel has explored a similar line of thought. In his book What Money Can’t Buy:Read More →