Caring for God’s Creation Team

Climate change could push more than 100 million people into poverty in just the next 15 years. “Climate change hits the poorest the hardest,” says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, “and our challenge now is to protect tens of millions of people from falling into extreme poverty because of a changing climate.” ELCA World Hunger blog (

Ministry Care for Creation Plans

In May, the Synod Assembly passed a resolution for congregations to submit a Care of Creation Plan. An email was shared with all congregations and leaders on September 8, 2023 that provides details on sharing a plan along with resources to help congregations get started with this important work. Click on the link below to read more and to report a Care of Creation Plans through a simple form. It’s really just a couple questions about what your congregation has done and what it is willing to do.

Resources for Congregations

  • January 18, 2024 Solar Panel Conversation
    Part 1 of the solar panel presentation offered by the SCSW Care for Creation Team. Ron Vandeberg shares some information about solar energy and how to get started with solar at your congregation or ministry!

Other State & National Resources:

South-Central Synod Care for God’s Creation Team:

  • Deacon Meg Nielsen, Chair –
  • Nina Schutz, Secretary
  • Rev. Cindy Crane for LOPPW –
  • Bob Lindmeier, Climate Change Presentations –
  • Deacon Judy Nolde
  • Rev. Peder Johanson
  • Todd Fansler
  • Eleanor Siebert
  • Rev. Nick Utphall