Earth Day 2023

April 11, 2023
“Human beings are made to care for the earth as God cares for the earth.  This is what it means to be made in the image of God” (ELCA Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice Social Statement, p.2).

“The present moment is a critical and urgent one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as individuals, citizens, leaders and communities of faith in solidarity with God's good creation and in hope for our shared future. We claim God's promise in Revelation 21 for "a new heaven and a new earth" as we pray together: Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us coworkers in your creation. Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature so that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." (from Bishop Eaton’s 2018 Earth Day Statement.  You can find the statement in its entirety here)

This Earth Day, let’s work together and commit to taking steps, both big and small, so we can best steward and care for this sacred planet we all live on. The Climate Crisis is so big that none of us can do everything, but using the resources below, individuals and congregations can all takes steps to be more responsible caregivers to planet Earth.
Host a congregational study of the ELCA’s Caring for Creation Social Statement.  You will find the statement and study guide here.

Visit Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Here you will find resources for congregations, personal study, advocacy, worship, and building/grounds.

Register to attend Creation Justice Ministries Virtual Ecumenical Earth Day Service on April 21st at 12pm EST.  Invite a friend to attend with you!

Visit Creation Justice Ministries website for resources including liturgies, action ideas, Bible studies, informational articles, and more.

Sign up to be a part of the Southeastern Synod’s Creation Cares team.  Email Allison Lizdas for more information.

Contact your state’s Interfaith Power and Light, who sponsors a number of programs to help communities of faith implement practical climate solutions which can help reduce your congregation’s energy consumption, costs, and implement earth care initiatives.

Visit the Synod’s Advocacy FB page daily for big and small ideas to help your congregation be better stewards of our planet.