Caring for Creation – New Resources Available from ELCA Advocacy
ELCA Advocacy recently shared a host of new resources that are posted on our LAMPa website under Creation Care. The materials were introduced at the ELCA Advocacy Convening. The theme this year was “Prepared to Care: Our Advocacy in Light of Disasters Intensified by Climate Change”. The rubric of the convening was shaped deeply by our Social Statement, Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice.
The following resources are available on the LAMPa web site under Creation Care resources. You are invited to preview and identify one or more that you can use in your congregation or ministry setting.
• View the introductory video that shows how Lutherans are making a difference, “God’s Work. Our Hands. Caring for Creation Today.”
• Check out Blessed Tomorrow, a resource developed by the ELCA and ecoAmerica for congregations to engage in climate change advocacy.
• Learn more from Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement promoting creation care in the ELCA. Their website contains resources for preaching on care for creation, public witness, deeper reading, and specific tools for all kinds of ministry settings.
• Watch Rev. Amy Reumann’s sermon from the convening, “Seismic Storm: In the boat together with Jesus beside us.” Rev. Reumann is the Director of Advocacy in the ELCA Washington (DC) Office.
• Discover the process called Talanoa Dialogue, which leaders at the convening engaged in abbreviated form. Talanoa is a Fijian word meaning inclusive, transparent, participatory dialogue, and it can help build solidarity in a community to listen to each other with empathy. The process was introduced on a global stage by Fijian leaders at a 2017 climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
• Finally, you can see all the resources available for environmental advocacy in the ELCA on our Advocacy Resources page.
As Lutherans, we understand that we are one with God’s good and holy creation, and we are deeply concerned about the many threats posed to our environment and climate. There are many ways to engage in this work together. Have you found a good way to engage this work as a congregation? Have good ideas or feedback to share? Let us know!