The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) just released its study guide for the church’s latest social message, (2023) “Earth’s Climate Crisis.” ELCA social messages provide analysis and theological interpretation on a focused social question to establish ELCA teaching and public stance for discernment and action. This builds on previous social statements, particularly Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice, adopted in 1993.  

The guide, Our Kairos Moment: A Study Guide on Earth’s Climate Crisis, is divided into four sessions geared toward a small-group learning experience. Each 60-minute-long session includes learning activities, Bible studies and ideas for prayer and lessons drawn from passages of the social message. It also includes ideas on ways people of faith can do to care for God’s world, authors said.

Four topics span: historical events, a futuristic take on ecological practices within agriculture, public health issues and the role of faith communities and individuals in enacting change. The sessions are: “Finding Our Place in Creation;” “Climate Change as a Public Health Crisis;” “The Future of Farming;” and “Active Hope and Agents of Change.”  

Susan Barreto
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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