The Eco Faith Network
218.724.4424 Synod Office
As emphasized in the ELCA social statement Caring for Creation, click here, creation care is central to living out our Christian mandate for Earth stewardship. The Eco Faith Network of the NEMN Synod (formerly the Creation Care Team) was established by action of the Synod Assembly in 2008 recognizing "creation care is integral to the marks of discipleship, lived out in the faith practices of worship, service , study and witness as a vital component of the church's identity and vocation today."
“Creation is not a stage or a backdrop on which human redemption is carried out. We have screened creation out of much of our reading of the Bible, where the natural order is an integral part of that which God is seeking to redeem and bring to fulfillment.”
David Rhoads, “Reflections on a Lutheran Theology of Creation:
Foundations for a New Reformation,” Seminary Ridge Review 15(1) (2012): 8.
“The human being is, as God’s steward, accountable to God and responsible for its fellow creatures.”
Douglas John Hall, "The Steward: A Biblical Symbol Come of Age",
Rev. ed.(New York: Friendship Press, 1990), 45.
"God’s entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself."
Becoming a Creation Care Congregation: Starting a Creation Care Team
- Gather a small group of interested people (3 to 10) to serve as a Creation Care Team.
- Choose a name: Green Team, Creation-Care Committee, Earth-Keeping Team, EcoFaith Team.
- Inform/involve the pastor(s)/staff as to your interest and commitment.
- Engage the leaders of your congregation to build allies and support moving. If need be, request authorization from the church council to go forward.
- Seek to engage the whole congregation through worship, special events, adult forums, or weekly green tips.
- Develop an Action Plan for integrating creation care into five areas of the church:
5) community action. Make suggestions/ give resources to appropriate committees
to carry out the Action Plan and support those committees in carrying out an action
or a program. For an example of an action plan,
see Gloria Dei Lutheran/ Duluth Green Team page
- Promote with members your identity as a congregation that cares for creation.
- Meet regularly to follow the Action Plan and to develop new projects.
- Consider a congregational project to benefit the community/city of location.
- Seek out community leaders already working on eco-justice and partner with them.
- Find structural ways to assure the ongoing life of the Green Team each year.
- Refer to the many congregational resources available, network with other teams in the NE Synod,
- Excerpted from: “Getting Started and Keeping if Going” from Lutherans Restoring Creation.