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Lutherans embracing
the earth charter


1:20 minute intro video of the Earth Charter. . .

the earth charter

Crafted by visionaries twenty years ago, the Earth Charter is a document with four pillars, containing sixteen principles, that turn conscience into action. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.

It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

4 Pillars

Cute image of girls with caterpillarTwo images of three children trying to watch a sporting event while standing in front of a tall fence: one showing Equality & the other showing Equitymulti-colored peace sign

Interdependence among all People, Animals and Plants

Ecological Integrity

Social and Economic Justice

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace

A whimsical image of the earth with flowers, butterflies, rainbow & other  nature surrounding it

Click here for a complete chart of Principles and Objectives

The Earth Charter (preamble, 1st paragraph)

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise.  To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.  
We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.

Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

4-minute "wake-up call" from Steven C. Rockefeller, co-founder of the Earth Charter . . .

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Earth Charter (1988-2019)

30+ Years of History
Mapping the ELCA programs to the Earth Charter objectives demonstrates the degree of alignment between the two.  The ELCA's multi-faceted approach of being God's hands in the world, aligns well with the Earth Charter's sixteen principles. A "mapping" chart is being developed and will soon be available to view.
sample of a mapping chart exercise of ELCA to the Earth Charter Principles and Objectives

ELCA endorsed the Earth Charter (2019)

The ELCA logo is shaped like 4 quadrants of a globe, with each quadrant representing a season of the liturgical calendar (scarlet, blue, gold and green).   Lutherans Restoring Creation logoEarth Charter Endorser logo

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) formally endorsed the Earth Charter on the 4th of October 2019. This was important because even though the ELCA’s programs and relationships - chief among them, with Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) - and social statements align with the Earth Charter principles, the formal endorsement of the Earth Charter testifies to beliefs in 1) the interrelatedness of all beings, and 2) a commitment to sustainability efforts, quickening the struggle for justice and peace and practicing the joyful celebration of life. And the endorsement paves the way for individual congregations to embrace the Earth Charter in the ways needed within each community.

The Earth Charter compels us to a sense of interconnectedness, interdependence and universal responsibility.  Hearts and minds need to change.  We must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the common good, and short-term objectives with long-term goals.

Compassion for all livings creatures is a good place to start.  As Karen Armstrong (winner of the 2008 TED prize) claims, all major religions espouse one form or another of the Golden Rule - treating others as we would like to be treated. We can think of no better way to embark on this journey.

ELCA today - making connections through this website

Urgent: We've got more to do!
The ELCA understands this is an "all hands on deck" calling. The ELCA is encouraging synods and congregations throughout the country to implement the Earth Charter in their community. World events offer witness to the damage we in the west are doing, especially relating to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, to communities thousands of miles away.
By collecting and sharing Earth Charter projects implemented by Lutheran congregations all over the country in a searchable database, this website hopes to expedite the Earth Charter implementation process.

Further, we hope that by collecting stories and sharing funding resources, congregations will embrace new opportunities and undertake projects they would not have even dreamed of previously.

You and the Earth Charter

when you see the wisdom of the Earth Charter . . .
you're ready to

choose your next step . . .

(bookmark this page and return as often as you like)

1. Explore

Watch Earth Charter video on YouTube again and share it with fellow members and friends

Read the Earth Charter (in many different languages).

2. Engage

Consider taking the self-paced Earth Charter Introductory Course

3. Embrace

(capability being developed)
Share your story to prompt others and help them avoid the setbacks you experienced.