For years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has had a social statement on environmental stewardship, “Care for Creation,” calling churches to care for God’s creation and hold environmentally exploitive companies accountable. I bought into the ELCA’s social purpose investment funds, thinking there would be no companies included that had caused environmental devastation. Unfortunately, the ELCA hasn’t always put its money where its mouth is.
I’m thankful for “Divest!” (June 2015). And I’m pleased to report that at the recent assembly of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA, delegates approved resolutions calling for divestment from fossil fuel corporations and calling on the global Lutheran church to incorporate—in observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation—a focus on Eco-Reformation.
Rev. Edward R. Schreiber
Saugerties, New York