tradition offers many glimpses of hope triumphant over despair… When Martin
Luther was asked what he would do if the world were to end tomorrow, he
reportedly answered, “I would plant an apple tree today.” When we face
today’s crisis, we do not despair. We act.
- ELCA Social Statement: Caring for Creation: Vision. Hope. and Justice
April 24th is Earth Day Sunday – a day that many ELCA congregations and
communities throughout the U.S. celebrate the gift of God’s Creation. This month, learn how
you can make action and advocacy a part of your congregation’s Earth Day celebration
by reading our suggested activities below.
Join our ELCA Advocacy
network in advocating for our leaders to address climate change:
Support communities that are facing the greatest threats due to climate
change! Write a message to your members of Congress to
encourage them to support the Green Climate Fund! Download and print our Earth
Day letter to Congress by clicking here!
Host a tree
planting! Across the country, Lutherans are working
together to plant 500 trees in their synods as part of the 500th
Anniversary of the Reformation. Join this effort and get started NOW in your
synod this upcoming Earth Week! See Eco-Reformation for materials
for worship, lectionary resources and adult forum ideas.
Start a compost
pile with all those coffee grounds! Consider those little neighbors we cannot
see who are essential to our food production and the air we breathe. Share the
concept of creation as neighbor at your next
coffee hour to see if there is interest in nurturing this mini-community.
Offer a “Care for
Creation Sunday Service”: Check one out here at Luther Seminary or imagine what
activities could get all hands connected to the earth this month.