Some Things to be Thankful For is a reflection on being thankful and not taking the resources we have for granted. It is a segment from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Living Earth resource.
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:30
This segment from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Living Earth is called Too Much Stuff. It focuses on consumerism and poses the question, “Is all of our stuff interfering with our work to build God’s kingdom on Earth?”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Climate Change 101 is a resource from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It offers basic facts on climate change, actions that need to be taken, and resources to learn more about different aspects of this environmental issue. To download and read this entire document, click here.
Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has welcomed more than 379,000 refugees to the United Stated. They believe their work to be driven by God’s love for all people and a vision for congregations to be welcoming and generous centers for mission and ministry. Their work includes responding to people caught in conflict and facing persecution, advocating for their needs and interests, helping people access resources for basic human needs, working with foster care programs for minors, legal assistance, developing new and innovative service programs and partnerships, and much more. To read more on this program, click here.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has adopted the ELCA HIV and AIDS Strategy and called on members to respond faithfully and effectively to this pandemic. They aim to halt the spread of HIV through effective prevention, treatment and care, to eliminate the stigma and discrimination experienced by those who are HIV positive, and reduce the conditions of poverty that contribute to the spread of HIV. To read the ELCA’s brochure on their strategy on HIV and Aids, click here. To read their worship resources for World AID’s Day which is held each year on December 1, click here.
Over the past five years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has worked to save lives impacted by malaria. They have educated 2 million community members, distributed 50,000 insecticide-treated bed nets, tested 160,000 people for malaria and provided treatment if positive, trained 10,000 local volunteers in prevention and treatment, empowered 12,000 households to be economically stable, and provided 32,000 pregnant women medication. To read more on how they achieved this and their future work, click here.
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elca.org/The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger is an initiative with domestic and international Lutheran churches to reach communities in need. They recognize the universal human right to food and work to provide immediate relief to those who are hungry. They strive to not only give food, but to connect people with the resources they need to produce food and gain access to clean water, education, health-care and sources of income. To read more about the ELCA and their work with World Hunger, click here.
The Evangelic Lutheran Church in America offers downloadable resources to help encourage others to care for creation. The resources include Hunger & Climate Change, Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping, Poverty and Hunger in a Changing Climate, and more. To read or download these resources, click here.