EcoJustice

“God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31a

We are called to join God in calling all of creation good and striving for the justice of the earth and its resources. As God’s trusted stewards, we recognize the value of creation and advocate for the care of the earth and the life of the creatures that inhabit this world. Through our Reformation mission of serving our neighbor, we commit ourselves to this work for generations to come. Learn more about Reformation’s Eco-Ministry here.

Below are resources to connect you with education, advocacy, and prayer for the care of the earth.

Please respond to our Eco-Challenge by June 30.

ELCA Advocacy – “Caring for Creation”
The Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice social statement explains the ELCA’s teachings on ecology and the environment, grounded in a biblical vision of God’s intention for the healing and wholeness of creation. This statement provides a Christian understanding of the human role to serve in creation, and a hope rooted in God’s faithfulness to the creation from which humans emerge and depend upon for sustaining life. It provides a framework for understanding the human role in creation, the problem of sin and the current environmental crisis.

ELCA Advocacy – “Caring for Creation Today”
Caring for God’s creation is an ever-evolving topic in this world, especially with each new natural or human made disaster. As stewards of this world, we are called to care for the earth and examine our behaviors toward creation. While we need to take from the land for food and sustainability, we also need to be careful that we maintain good stewardship and do not exploit the wonderful things the earth provides.

Lutherans Restoring Creation
LRC is a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We accomplish this by cultivating a community of dedicated stewards of earth and neighbor who proclaim God’s promise of hope and healing for all.

Lutherans purchase ‘eco-palms’ for Palm Sunday

Blessed Tomorrow
Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners working to advance climate solutions in faithful service to God.

Interfaith Power and Light
Interfaith Power & Light is a network of organizations from around the country working on a faithful response to climate change.

GreenFaith
Because the Earth and all people are sacred and at risk, GreenFaith is building a global, multi-faith climate and environmental movement.

Project Drawdown
Our mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Communities of faith responding to climate change.

“Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Environmental Justice”
A reflection on where the Catholic Church was putting stakes in the ground, and on what their own faith traditions teach about environmental care and stewardship, and shared their thoughts in a liturgy about the importance of water, which was published on several websites.

United Church of Christ – “Environmental Justice Issues and Resources”
The Toxic Wastes and Race and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty reports are the landmark study and follow-up study that demonstrated a direct correlation between the placement of toxic waste facilities and communities of poverty and/or color.

League of Women Voters – “The Environment”
The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the earth’s ecosystem is essential for maximum protection of public health and the environment. The interrelationships of air, water and land resources should be recognized in designing environmental safeguards.

NAACP – “Environmental and Climate Justice”
Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.

Sierra Club – “Environmental Justice”
At the Sierra Club, we are diligently working to explore the integration of social justice and environmental concerns.

Fair Trade Campaigns
Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the USA.