Draft Social Message on Climate Crisis Ready for Comments

A “Draft of a Social Message on Earth’s Climate Crisis” now is posted for public comment and feedback.  You can read the social message draft here and then use this survey to share your input by Dec. 2. Public input helps inform revision of the draft that is sent then for review by the Conference of Bishops and finally considered for adoption at the ELCA
Church Council meeting March 23 to 25.

The November 2021 the ELCA Church Council authorized the development of an ELCA social message on climate care. Social messages are ELCA teaching documents that address a focused social topic. Drawing from existing social teaching, they provide theological rationale and social analysis to foster discernment and engagement on a relatively narrow social issue. This project was authorized in light of the grim contemporary situation affecting our global home and the need for fresh action on the part of this church. It draws its framing themes from several social statements, particularly Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice.

Learn more about the social message development process and other ELCA teaching documents here.

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