New congregational tools promote clean energy

The ELCA is one of many denominations that has partnered with a group called Blessed Tomorrow in issuing a definitive guide for action on climate change.

A new guidebook called “Moving Forward” provides information and resources to reduce energy use, to build resilient houses of worship as refuges from a changing climate, and to encourage support for policies that better care for creation. 

In addition to the ELCA, partners with Blessed Tomorrow include: Interfaith Power & Light; American Baptist Churches USA; The Episcopal Church; Disciples of Christ; United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. 

“We all have noticed that our world is changing: flowers bloom earlier, coastlines are shifting, heatwaves are more common and more severe, some regions are wetter, others are drying out,” write the guide’s authors. “We see stronger and more frequent storms and hurricanes and record-breaking wildfires. Our climate is becoming less stable, and our neighbors are suffering.”

The guide outlines a number of initiatives and examples of people of faith working together to reduce emissions. From creating a creation care team to establishing a creation care capital fund with the savings from reduced energy youth — creative ideas abound. 

Blessed Tomorrow’s aim is to encourage faith leaders to work to reach 100% clean energy, prepare for a changing climate, and engage their communities, while maintaining the distinct voices of their traditions. 


Susan Barreto


Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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