God’s Good Creation Vacation Bible School

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God’s Good Creation is a vacation bible school (VBS) resource from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The VBS focuses on teaching children about hunger, hope, and the work to which God calls on us to aid in ending hunger for good. There are five days that each contain learning activities with different themes. To read more or download God’s Good Creation, click here.

Hungering for Justice; Luther and the Economy Study Guide

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Hungering for Justice; A Luther and the Economy Study Guide is a resource from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This extensive study guide covers topics such as sustainability, caring for creation, household economies, food and hunger, and more. To read or download the entire study guide, click here.

Beyond the Steeple: New Life in Texas

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Beyond the Steeple: New Life in Texas is a video on New Life Lutheran Church in Dripping Springs, Texas. Every Sunday, rain or shine, they hold their worship outdoors under the live oaks on their property. The short video shows an average Sunday at the church and also talks to members about their experience attending a church with no building. Pastor Kara Stewart stated, “I love that in order to come to worship I need to know what’s going on in the world, like the actual creation world not just world events; that we pay attention to what the land will be experiencing when we’re here.” To watch the video on New Life Lutheran Church, click here.

ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has relief programs around the world and in 2018, they created a “40 Days of Giving.” During this lenten program highlights several programs in India, Malawi, and the United States that revolve around food and agriculture, education and income, health and wellness, refugees, and women’s rights. To read the entire brochure on the goals of these projects and the impacts they could have, click here.

ELCA Hurricane Florence Disaster Response

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has created a bulletin insert to show the need for support in response to Hurricane Florence. The insert explains the needs of people in the Carolinas and what a donation or a gift to the cause could do. To download the insert, click here.

A Passion for Justice and Jesus

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A Passion for Justice and Jesus is a story of faith in action from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is a story about a mother and her children and how they got involved with her church through a passion for justice and Jesus. It is meant to be used as a bulletin insert to show examples of faith in action and to inspire others. To read more or download the bulletin insert, click here.

Valuing Things and People: Responding to Natural Disasters

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Valuing Things and People is an article from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The article is meant to create a discussion about the value we place on money compared to the value we place on people, especially those we don’t know. There are questions about the recent natural disaster in Indonesia and the moral lines people are crossing to survive, and about wealth and the effects it has on a person’s relationship with God. Additionally, there is a gospel reflection on the relationship between wealth and God. To read the entire article, click here.

ELCA Global Farm Challenge

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) created a global farm challenge where they give youth and adults the chance to walk through one season with smallholder farmers and to learn about the challenges and opportunities they face. They have now created a guide so that this experience can be shared with all congregations. The guide includes instructions, tips from ELCA World Hunger staff, and printable copies of the signs needed to host a “Field Experience.” To read more or download the guide, click here.

German Church aims to be CO2 Neutral by 2050

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Helena Funk, the COP23 delegate from Germany, comes from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany where their goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050. She discusses her personal experiences as a theology student and how she got involved with climate justice. Helena is one of ten young adults from the European and Asian regions that form the Lutheran World Federation delegation to the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany. To read more, click here.

One Tree at a Time

EELCO youth clear church grounds where new trees will be planted. Photo: Cedrick Y. Kitwa

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Cedrick Yumba Kitwa, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo delegate for the 22nd UN Conference on Climate Change (COP22), reached out to young people to launch a reforestation and environmental education project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the span of 14 months, they planted 71 trees and created a park with a variety of plants. Kitwa said they are driven by their desire “to see sustainable development and safeguard the creation. We want to see the church involved in climate action because we are suffering very much from climate change already.” To read more on this program, click here.