Environmental Advocacy

St. Luke Lutheran Church Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Mission Statement:

As a Christian community we value God’s Creation. We are committed to protect and preserve for future generations the abundance of our God-given resources to insure that the quality of life not be diminished. Our Christian mission is to promote sustainability both within our St. Luke community and as individuals. We strive to make a difference by:

  • Increasing our awareness through education
  • Taking appropriate action
  • Advocating for positive change

For more information, please contact: Michael Hall

Earth Ministry Greening Congregation

St. Luke Lutheran Church is a proud member of Earth Ministry, a non-profit organization that engages the religious community in environmental stewardship and advocacy. If you like what you read in Earth Letter, please consider supporting Earth Ministry’s mission by joining today at www.earthministry.org.

March 2013, St Luke joins the Earth Ministry Greening Congregations program.

March 2013, St Luke joins the Earth Ministry Greening Congregations program.


St. Luke’s 9/21/14  Portland Climate Marchers

Click here to read KGW News article about the 2014 Climate March

Bill McKibben 350.org

The Fossil Fuel Resistance

After decades of scant organized response to climate change, a truly powerful movement is quickly emerging, around the country and around the world. It has no great charismatic leader, and no central organization; it battles on a thousand fronts, many of them very local and small. But taken together, it’s now big enough to matter, and it’s growing fast. So you could call it by many names. But for me it’s the Fossil Fuel Resistance. ~ Bill McKibben – 350.org Co-founder Click here to read the full article published in the April 25th, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. See Bill McKibben’s April 2013 Earth Day sermon at Riverside Church in New York: http://youtu.be/geIni_BwjGw. (22 minutes)

Our Website and Renewable Energy

St. Luke Church Website Eco Friendly Here at St. Luke Lutheran Church we make every effort to do what we can to ensure that our “footprint” leaves as little impact on our precious planet and its resources as possible. This includes our website! Click here to read all of the details.

St. Luke Lutheran Church - Michael Ford

Click here to listen to Pastor Wilder and Michael Ford’s Earth Day 2014 Sermon.

 Click here to download a copy of the Earth Day Recommendations Bulletin insert.

St. Luke Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution passes at Oregon Synod meeting

St. Luke Church Fossil Fuel Divestment On Saturday, May 18th, 2013 the St. Luke Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution PASSED a vote at the ELCA Oregon Synod. Now it will be forwarded for consideration at this summer’s Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. In a meeting also attended by Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, the synod Reference and Counsel Committee suggested an alternative “RESOLVED” clause that they believed had a better chance of being adopted on the national level. This alternative, mirroring one submitted at the NW Washington Synod meeting, requested an “opt-out of fossil fuel stocks” option for church employees in the Portico pension program. St. Luke’s Pastor David Knapp, Council President Barbara Roady and Environmental Chair Michael Hall declined, stating that, given the magnitude and urgency of the issue, they wanted St. Luke’s request to fully encompass all ELCA-connected investment programs. With two minor text adjustments, the resolution was allowed to go to the floor “with reservations” about its financial/legal ramifications and the feasibility of its requested actions. Floor debate about the resolution was dramatic and the final outcome was far from obvious. In the end, the vote tally showed 102 in favor, 94 opposed and 14 abstaining. Click on these links to read about the details*: St. Luke Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution Oregon Synod meeting Divestment Resolution Notes

In the news

Click on these links to read news articles about the Resolution… The Portland Tribune OPB Article Lutherans Restoring Creation Website

Resources for Additional Study

Eco ResourcesIn 1993, at the Church-wide Assembly, the ELCA adopted an environmental social statement titled “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice”. You can view or download this document here: http://www.elca.org/en/Resources/Caring-for-Creation A statement summary, and study guide are available as well as fact sheets: “Hunger and Climate Change” and “Poverty and Hunger in a Changing Climate”. Other resources with a Lutheran origin: http://www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/ http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org See additional resources at the website for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Environmental Ministries: http://www.emoregon.org/environmental_ministries.php You’re invited to further action through Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) and Oregon Interfaith Power and Light (OIPL).  Interfaith Power and Light is led by Episcopal Reverend Canon Sally Bingham.  Learn more at: http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org See Reverend Desmond Tutu speaking on how climate change is ravaging Africa on You Tube: http://youtu.be/onSHD4sAuB4

Our Church Library has a number of books on environmental issues, notably:
St. Luke Books on the Environment“Creation” by E. O. Wilson

“Apollo’s Fire” by Jay Inslee

“Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction” by Eban Goodstein

“Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril” Kathleen Dean Moore, Editor

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