The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Care of creation

We may disagree on details. We agree on the need.

Though overdue, it’s heartening to see Christians focus on environmental stewardship (May, "Troubled by stewardship"). Why has it taken so long for Christians to find their voice on what’s arguably the greatest social justice (and existential) issue of all time? Perhaps God’s command to man and woman to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28) has been a stumbling block. Yet the Earth’s finite capacity to support human populations means that population growth can easily overwhelm environmental efforts on all other fronts.

Thomas Moench
Baltimore, Md.

Creation care uncharted

Our congregation established an earth ministry team, jumping into somewhat uncharted waters. We looked at our congregation’s energy use, moved to earth-friendly cleaning materials and started educational discussions. Your May articles are bread for the journey and they help our team explain to our congregation God’s great vision for his creation and our role in it.

Martha Newfield
Cincinnati, Ohio

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