Environmental Stewardship Committee
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.
Click here to read KGW News article about the 2014 Climate March
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
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.
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
In the news
Resources for Additional Study
In 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:“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