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Creation Care 

Creation Care Task Force

As Lutherans, we confess that God is the source, redeemer, and sustainer of all things. Created in God’s image, humans are to be to the rest of creation as God is to us. That is, we bear the image of God when we delight in creation, act graciously toward it, show it care, and refuse to abandon it, just as God does with us.

The South Carolina Synod’s Creation Care Task Force seeks to foster the concept and application of creation stewardship within our synod. Working with the Lutherans Restoring Creation network of the ELCA, our team aims to offer resources from a Lutheran perspective to the SC Synod, its congregations, and individuals.

The resources we anticipate sharing include ideas for worship, educational opportunities, guidance on public ministry and advocacy, and networking with the creation care teams of other South Carolina denominations.

Given the rich blend of disciples in South Carolina, this synod team will be a place for farmers, hunters & anglers, environmentalists, conservationists, gardeners, and other outdoor enthusiasts to support one another in our common call as creation stewards. We hope to learn from one another and respectfully discuss our various stewardship practices and viewpoints. Our aim is to always be willing to include others in this ongoing conversation, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye. We prayerfully hope that this process of inclusive collaboration will be an avenue for all to learn and grow from one another in our primary goal of care for creation.

Please contact The Rev. Kris Litman-Koon, Convener of the Creation Care Task Force, at 843-884-5470 or pastor.klk at for additional information regarding this ministry of the synod.

Creation Care Stories

Making Deposits: Stories within God’s economy of Abundance

Making Deposits: Stories within God’s economy of Abundance

At the 2022 South Carolina Synod Assembly, Deacon Mitzie Schafer was our keynote speaker.  Deacon Mitzie was the perfect follow-up to the stories of Pastor Mary Canniff-Kuhn.  At every session, Pastor Mary stood in front of a diverse group of folx and captivate every single one of us with a story that demonstrated God’s love and grace. 

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Storytelling with The Rev. Mary Canniff-Kuhn

“I’d like to tell you a story.” With those simple words, Rev. Mary Caniff-Kuhn, is able to draw all who are gathered around her into the story of God’s love. Pastor Mary was able to share that love with the South Carolina Synod Assembly in Charleston, SC as she shared three stories to those gathered.

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ELCA Churchwide Report with The Rev. Keith Fry

It was a pleasure to have The Rev. Keith Fry, an ELCA representative, to join the gathered faithful and address those of us who were finally able to gather again in person after the peaks of COVID-19 prevented in-person Assembly gatherings. Pastor Keith remarked that wonderful stories were being shared by the speakers at Assembly and he was delighted to be able to participate in the storytelling.

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ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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