Iowa Religious Leaders Statement on Climate Change 2018

We can no longer wait…

Iowans of faith know we must act now to find and implement solutions to climate change. Iowa IPL will release the 2018 Iowa Religious Leaders Statement on Climate Change on November 14 at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

We are calling on religious leaders to sign the statement and for all Iowans to speak prophetically about the need for faith-based solutions to climate change.


Interfaith Prayer Service for Faith Based Solutions to Climate Change
Join us for an interfaith prayer service to release this statement on November 14 at 11:30 AM at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 511 Des Moines Street, Des Moines. All are welcome to join in this public, interfaith prayer and press event to let all Iowans know we can no longer wait for faith-based solutions to climate change. The time is now.

Read the 2018 religious leaders statement and if you are a recognized religious leader, please endorse the statement by filling out the online form. List of religious leaders who have signed as of October 23. Deadline for signing is November 5.

Now is an important time to be heard as candidates make their case for becoming or remaining elected leaders across our state. While we may feel inundated with messages from them, they are also paying attention to public opinion. When people of faith speak out, we can change the conversation from polarized partisanship to hopeful problem solving.

Bulletin Insert
Use these links to download a full page insert or half page insert. You can also print these to hang around your house or office.

Letters to the Editor
This tool will help you craft and submit letters to your local, regional, and statewide publications. Every letter submitted helps get other letters published. Don’t hold back because you’re afraid your letter won’t be good enough. Every letter counts, except for those that never get submitted.

We are recruiting the following religious leaders to sign the statement:
Judicatory heads
Active and retired clergy
Vowed women and men
Leaders of religious institutions like colleges or health centers
Religious faculty
Lay leaders such as the president of United Methodist Women of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church

Thank you to our faith leaders who helped Iowa IPL craft this year’s statement.

The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting
Retired Bishop, Episcopalian Diocese of Iowa

The Rev. Zuiko Redding
Cedar Rapids Zen Center

The Rev. Dr. Jim Martin-Schramm
Professor of Religion, Luther College

Dr. Robert Sessions
Retired, New Song Episcopal Church, Iowa City