OUR MISSION IS TO GATHER AND EQUIP INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO SERVE, KEEP, CARE, AND PROTECT THE EARTH THROUGH:
Develop and support a network of earth-stewards.
Promote education and learning to grow awareness of and care for the environment.
Identify opportunities and encourage advocacy through public policy, community action, and individual change.
ECLC VOTED TO BECOME A CLIMATE JUSTICE CONGREGATION IN 2020.
IN JANUARY 2021, ECLC’S COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ENDORSED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY IN OPPOSITION OF “LINE 3” PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION.
As a Climate Justice Congregation and compelled by our faith, Edina Community Lutheran Church recognizes care for God’s creation as a core value. We are committed to being stewards of the earth – the soil, the air, the climate, the water, the animals, and the people. We recognize that fresh water is essential to life, both physically and spiritually.
Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline would bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, crossing over many water bodies, rivers, and treaty land along the way. The pipeline construction violates treaties, the supreme law of the land, and threatens waterways, water quality, and sacred wild rice habitat. Anishinaabe Water Protectors have been putting their lives on the line to stop the Line 3 construction.
We have been invited to stand in solidarity with them – to share our love and shared belief in an interdependent and interconnected world. Water is life. In response to our Indigenous relatives’ invitation, Edina Community Lutheran Church stands in solidarity with our Indigenous siblings in protecting the water, the land, their way of life, and our treaties and opposes the construction of the Line 3 pipeline.