Mission and Ministry
In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just public policies to overcome hunger and poverty, and steward God’s creation!
(Lutheran Advocacy-MN Statement of Roles and Responsibilities)
Who we are
Lutheran Advocacy-MN (LA-MN) and its citizen advocates work for justice in the areas of hunger, poverty, and care of God’s creation. LA-MN is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the six Minnesota ELCA Synods. We seek to live into the ELCA vision to "Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”
Why we do it
To advocate is to plead the cause of those suffering injustice. Advocacy ministry is rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology, and our baptismal calling to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. It is expressed by advocating with and for our neighbors for mutual well-being in places where important decisions are being made.
How we do it
We work with and through synods, congregations, campus ministries, church members, and others to create and use networks for advocacy. Lutheran citizen advocates write personal emails, make calls, and meet with their state legislators (or members of Congress) to impact decisions. Lutheran Advocacy-MN is non-partisan, and participates in faith-based and other coalitions to enhance advocacy effectiveness and build political will to address important issues in God’s world.
How you can get involved
1) Join our Email & Action Network: Join here or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a) your name, b) your email address, & c) your street address, so we know what legislative district you are in.
2) Take Action Now: Write to your state legislators about why an issue is important to you! Use your own words. You could start with something like a) Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the district and all of Minnesota; b) Support clean energy like wind and solar; c) Dramatically reduce harmful emissions from energy sources; d) Technologies such as carbon capture and garbage burning should NOT be reclassified as “clean energy”; e) Support participation in, and a just transition to, the clean energy economy for impacted workers and low-income/vulnerable communities. Find who represents you at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
We always welcome your thoughts and suggestions. What education is needed for our advocates? What do you need to educate your legislators, fellow church members, and/or the public at large in your community? Send your thoughts and suggestions to email@example.com. Thank you!