“Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” (Lutheran Book of Worship).
As children of God, we recognize our call to care for creation. In 2018 we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice” ELCA Social Statement. Caring for Creation expresses a call to pursue justice for creation through active participation, solidarity, sufficiency and sustainability, and states the commitments of the ELCA for pursuing wholeness for creation — commitments expressed through individual and community action, worship, learning, moral deliberation and advocacy. The link to the entire Statement can be found below:
This year our focus is on the education and communication of topics to help in reducing our impact on God’s creation. We hope the events and resources listed below will be an inspiration and you will join us throughout this year of celebration! Activities are currently being planned with the Fellowship, Outreach and Faith Formation committees. See this list below – with more to be added throughout the year.
One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the United States, creating 50 million pounds of waste annually.
Please join us in our ongoing ministry of Caring for Creation by recycling your toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and other oral hygiene products through the Colgate Oral Care Recycling program. A box is located in the Fellowship Hall collecting the following items (all brands accepted):
Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the ELCA. The site contains information for Pastors, Congregations and Individuals – including a Personal Covenant, Devotions and many other resources available.
ELCA Advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs and projects around the world and in communities across the United States.
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GiPL) equips faith communities across the state of Georgia to care for creation through worship, education, and the stewardship of our natural resources.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.