Southeastern Synod ELCA

LSTC student Louis Tillman tapped as leader for climate justice

November 2, 2015

Mr. Louis Tillman is a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, GA. This LSTC press release was originally published in July of this year.Last month, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago student Louis Tillman joined thousands of marchers to thank Pope Francis for his recent encyclical on climate change. The march, “One Earth, One Family” brought together people of diverse faiths from around the world. It was organized by OurVoices, 350.org, FOCSIV, and others. Marchers carried banners and flew kites in the shape of white doves. Others carried green, leaf-shaped signs inscribed with verses from Scripture about God’s care of creation and the poor. (Continue.)Tillman was in Rome to be part of the GreenFaith Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence. He was one of 100 young leaders, ages 21-40, selected from around the world. He says, “I have had the honor of being in Rome among 100 amazing and incredible climate activists from every corner of the world. We all came from different faiths but we breathe the same air, we share the same trees and we live on the same earth. One person's voice can make a difference but together all OurVoices.net can be heard by world leaders - just like Pope Francis heard us and came to his window to give us a special mention as we marched through the streets.”The convergence was held to connect, train, and support this diverse community of leaders to help spur faith-based environmental projects in countries around the world. “The multicultural and enriching discussions exploring the deeply connected faith teachings we all have showed me that our common cause of protecting our environment transcends borders, cultures, religions, race and background and means we are truly one family of God's creation on earth appointed to protect all the things we love. Now let's start changing the world, one person at a time,” Tillman says.