Seeking Understanding: Some Issues in Biblical Interpretation Regarding Women and Justice
"Seeking Understanding" invites you into conversation around how the Bible can be faithfully utilized in a discussion of women and justice today. This three-session resource relies on the four-fold method for interpretation of Scripture used by the Book of Faith Initiative. It encourages participants to engage with both liberating and problematic texts. The leader’s guides, participant handouts, and supplemental resources can be downloaded from the links below.
This study can be used with a variety of groups, especially Bible study groups and adult forums. In each session, this resource provides a Scripture reading and prayers, useful tools and insights for interpretation, as well as discussion guides.
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has developed this resource in order to invite others to join them in discussion and thought about these topics. Feedback can be shared through the task force's email address.
single-document version to easily download the leader’s guides and handouts for all three study sessions.
"Miss Representation" Discussion Guide
“Miss Representation” unpacks how the media objectifies women and examines the effect of this powerful medium on young men and women growing up. Using interviews of young people, as well as public figures such as Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Cory Booker and Gloria Steinem, the film explores the depiction of women in mass media and questions its relation to female leadership in areas such as the film industry and government.
The task force watched the film as a group and found the discussion so valuable that they are inviting others to discuss it as well. Feedback can be shared through the task force's email address.
The discussion leader's guide and participants' questions for discussion can be downloaded in three versions. Option A splits the material into four sessions, Option B splits the material into three slightly longer sessions, and Option C is one 3-hour session. Each option is appropriate for a variety of church groups, including youth groups and men's groups! In all options, each session begins and ends with Scripture and prayer and explores one aspect of the relationship between gender and media consumption. It provides questions for discussion about the issues that concern your group and can serve as a catalyst for further reflection and action in your community.
The DVD is available through some local libraries, can be ordered through iTunes or online, viewed on Netflix or borrowed from your synod's resource center.
Human Trafficking Curriculum Series
Human trafficking, the second largest and fastest growing illegal trade in the world, is modern-day slavery wherein people are in bondage through fraud, force or coercion. According to the U.S. Department of State and the Free the Slaves organization, between 12.3 and 27 million people are trafficked worldwide at any time. That’s approximately the total population (27 million) of Texas and Louisiana. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes estimates the total revenue of human trafficking to be $32 billion. That’s roughly the gross domestic product of Guatemala. Human trafficking is currently the second most profitable illegal trade, just behind drug trafficking. Within this vast trade in human lives, women and girls account for 70 to 80 percent of all humans trafficked worldwide. Therefore, the ELCA not only attends to ending human trafficking and caring for survivors, it also addresses root causes of trafficking, such as poverty, hunger and sexism.
The curriculum series developed by ELCA staff members provides six one-hour sessions that educate beginners on the facts of human trafficking and how we as Lutherans can respond to the call to affect change in the systems that allow human trafficking to continue.
the sessions here under the Human Trafficking tab.