World Concerns

Justice, Peace and Change in the World

ZELC has a long history of working to help and serve where the needs are greatest throughout the world. Participating in this work that God calls us to in the world compels us to be attentive to complex and changing situations, as well as to the importance of both immediate relief and ongoing, long-term assistance for our sisters and brothers and the communities in which they live.

Our work is pursued and accomplished through a variety of bold, active ministries and initiatives.  Each effort strives for justice, peace and change in the world, and draws its strength and effectiveness from working in partnership with others who share a common vision of serving and loving our neighbor and restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service resettles refugees, reunites families, and rekindles dreams.

Their mission is by witnessing to God’s love for all people, they stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice. For over 70 years Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has led a ministry of welcome to America’s most vulnerable newcomers.

Caring for Creation

We are called by God to "keep the earth" (Genesis 2:15).

Why should you and I care about the earth?  The ZELC Community believes that we should care about the rest of creation because that is our job—this is why God creates us. The Bible tells us that caring for creation is a matter of justice and a deeply spiritual matter.  Humans, in service to God, have special roles on behalf of the whole of creation. Made in the image of God, we are called to care for the earth as God cares for the earth.”

ZELC supports the “Caring for Creation” social statement that expresses a call to pursue justice for creation through active participation, solidarity, sufficiency and sustainability.  ZELC is committed to pursuing wholeness for creation through individual and community action, worship, learning, moral deliberation and advocacy.

ZELC cares about the earth by:

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