Last month in a renewal to a 2013 statement, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Church of Sweden and The Episcopal Church issued a new statement of a commitment to work together to advocate for national and international policies that address the urgency of the climate crisis.
A portion of the statement reads, “Now is the time for science, politics, business, culture and religion — everything that is an expression of human dignity — to address together this critical issue for our time.”
Beyond a unified statement, the churches are committing to advocate for policies and regulations that allow for transitions to carbon neutral resilient societies in “ways attentive to the many dimensions of climate justice.”
The bishops of the denominations — Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA; Most Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén, Church of Sweden and Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, The Episcopal Church — say they will pursue education and advocacy efforts that focus on the most vulnerable, whose needs must be put ahead of the more privileged.
They aim to raise awareness in churches by promoting education, worship and action resources. Also, the church leaders say they will seek deeper understanding through praying and listening to the experiences in local communities and with others about ways overconsumption can be addressed.
“We are inspired by the divine Spirit, intimately present to all creation, who gives us strength, wisdom and perseverance to join in the ‘here and now’ work of God in healing the brokenness of our hurting home,” the statement reads.