The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


June 29, 2007

Good mileage

Scott Kramer gets good mileage—from his car, 61.3 mpg. The pastor of Lakeridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, also got good mileage out of a reader’s feature called "Auto Biography" in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

He’s standing against his 2001 Honda Insight, looking relaxed and happy, in the photo on the page. He tells why, completing the statement I love my car because:  “after almost 80,000 city/highway miles, this hybrid is getting a 61.3 mpg lifetime average, with enough power to climb mountain passes at the speed limit.”

I gave Kramer a call to tell him I thought he picked a good way to get some publicity for his church and his commitment to care for the environment. “What’s been the response?” I asked. He chuckled and said that he’d gotten e-mails from colleagues, parishioners and friends—and clippings for the paper, too.

“I guess they know me well enough not to be too surprised,” he said. “My license plate is 60 MPG.” He added that a colleague who drives a Toyota Prius has plated that identify her as ECOREV. She’s Julie Josund, an ELCA pastor who works in congregational relations at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma.

They're driving home a point—or two. What does your car say about you?

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