Theological Discernment

Welcome to the Theological Discernment resource page. This resource page provides you a visual way to explore and download the many types of resources we have available. You may also use our powerful search engine to find other resources not listed here. 

ELCA social statements can be downloaded in English or Spanish. Click the “download” link. For print version, click on the “order” link.

Abortion

The ELCA social statement on abortion was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

Abortion Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on abortion.

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Church in Society

Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective is the ELCA social statement  adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

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Church in Society (Spanish)

The Spanish translation of Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective.

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Criminal Justice

The ELCA Social Statement on criminal justice was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2013.

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Criminal Justice Spanish

The Spanish translation of the Criminal Justice Social Statement.

Criminal Justice Spanish

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Death Penalty

The ELCA social statement on the Death Penalty was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

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Death Penalty Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

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Economic Life

Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1999.

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Economic Life Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All.

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Education

The ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2007.

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Education Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education.

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Environment

Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice is the ELCA Social Statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1993.

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Environment Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

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Genetics

The ELCA social statement on human genetics was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2011.

Health

Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2003.

Health Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

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Human Sexuality

The ELCA social statement on human sexuality was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2009.

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Human Sexuality Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on human sexuality.

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Peace

For Peace in God's World is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2003.

Peace Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All.

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Race, Ethnicity and Culture

The ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1993.

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Race, Ethnicity and Culture Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture.

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ELCA social messages can be downloaded in English or Spanish (most).  Click the “download” link. Most are available in print. Use the “order” link.

AIDS

The ELCA social message on AIDS was adopted by the Church Council in 1988.

AIDS Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on AIDS.

AIDS Spanish

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The ELCA social message on commercial sexual exploitation was adopted by the Church Council in 2001.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on commercial sexual exploitation.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Spanish

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Community Violence

The ELCA social message on community violence was adopted by the Church Council in 1994.

Community Violence

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Suicide Prevention Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on community violence.

Suicide Prevention Spanish

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End-of-Life Decisions

The ELCA social message on end-of-life decisions was adopted by the Church Council in 1992.

End-of-Life Decisions

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End-of-Life Decisions Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on end-of-life decisions.

End-of-Life Decisions Spanish

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Draft of Social Message on Gender-Based Violence

The ELCA draft social message on gender-based violence.

Draft of Social Message on Gender-Based Violence

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Social Message on Gender Violence (Spanish)

Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre El Mensaje Social De La Violencia De Genero
(Frequently Asked Questions About The Social Message of gender violence)

Social Message on Gender Violence (Spanish)

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Homelessness

The ELCA social message on homelessness was adopted by the Church Council in 1990.

Homelessness

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Homelessness Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on homelessness.

Homelessness Spanish

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Immigration

The ELCA social message on immigration was adopted by the Church Council in 1998.

Immigration

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Immigration Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on immigration.

Immigration Spanish

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The ELCA social message on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was adopted by the Church Council in 1989.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Mental Illness

The ELCA social message on mental illness was adopted by the Church Council in 2011.

Mental Illness

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Mental Illness Spanish

The ELCA social message on mental illness was adopted by the Church Council in 2011.

Mental Illness Spanish

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People with Disabilities

The ELCA social message on people living with disabilities was adopted by the Church Council in 2010.

People with Disabilities

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People with Disabilities Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on people living with disabilities.

People with Disabilities Spanish

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Sexuality

The ELCA social message "Sexuality: Some Common Convictions" was adopted by the Church Council in 1996.

Sexuality

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Sexuality Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message "Sexuality: Some Common Convictions."

Sexuality Spanish

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Suicide Prevention

The ELCA social message on suicide prevention was adopted by the Church Council in 1999.

Suicide Prevention

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Community Violence

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on suicide prevention.

Community Violence

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Terrorism

The ELCA social message on terrorism was adopted by the Church Council in 2004.

Terrorism

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Terrorism Spanish

The Spanish translation of the ELCA social message on terrorism.

Terrorism Spanish

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Women and Justice Social Statement (Spanish)

The Spanish translation of the way to reach the ELCA Social Statement on Women and Justice.

Women and Justice Social Statement (Spanish)

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Below are a list of study and interpretive resources.  Click on “download” to see a pdf.   If a print version is available, there also is an “order” link. 

Abortion Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on abortion.

Abortion Introduction

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Abortion Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on Abortion.

Abortion Study Guide

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Abortion Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on abortion.

Abortion Summary

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Church in Society Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement  Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective.

Church in Society Introduction

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Church in Society Summary

A summary of key points in Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective.

Church in Society Summary

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Criminal Justice Summary

A summary of the ELCA social statement on criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Summary

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Dealth Penalty Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Dealth Penalty Introduction

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Death Penalty Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Death Penalty Study Guide

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Death Penalty Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Death Penalty Summary

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Economic Life Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on economic life.


Economic Life Introduction

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Economic Life Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on economic life.

Economic Life Study Guide

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Education Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education.

Education Introduction

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Education Summary

A summary of key points in of the ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education.

Education Summary

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Environment Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Introduction

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Environment Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Study Guide

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Environment Summary

A summary of the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Summary

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Genetics Christians

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

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Genetics Faith Study

A study of the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

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Genetics Summary

A summary of keys points in the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Genetics Summary

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Half the Sky Guide

Discuss the book and film Half the Sky with this exploratory guide.

Half the Sky Guide

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Health Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

Health Introduction

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Health Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

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Health Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

Health Summary

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Criminal Justice Study Guide

Use this study guide to explore criminal justice and the church.

Criminal Justice Study Guide

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Human Cloning

An additional resource to the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Human Cloning

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 1

Journey Together Faithfully Part 1

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 2

Journey Together Faithfully Part 2

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 2 Background Essay

Background essay on biblical texts for Journey Together Faithfully Part 2.

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 3

"Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality" was the 3rd study (2006) provided by the ELCA Task Force on  Sexuality Studies.

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Living the Faith

“Living the Faith” is a  study that explores the character of Lutheran ethics and how Lutherans approach moral questions.

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Lutheran Youth Sexuality

The youth version of "Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality" (2007) provided by the ELCA Task Force on Human Sexuality Studies.

Lutheran Youth Sexuality

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Miss Rep Guide

The ELCA Women and Justice Task Force study guide on the portrayal of women in media and politics.

Miss Rep Guide

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Peace Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement For Peace in God’s World.

Peace Introduction

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Peace Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement For Peace in God’s World.

Peace Study Guide

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Policies and Procedures

This policy document sets forth how the ELCA addresses social concerns and outlines the protocol for developing social teaching and policy documents.

Policies and Procedures

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Race Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture.

Race Introduction

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Race Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture.


Race Study Guide

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Sexuality Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on human sexuality.

Sexuality Introduction

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Sexuality Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on human sexuality.

Sexuality Summary

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Talking Together Cultural

An ELCA “field guide” designed to help congregations cultivate open dialogue about culturally-sensitive issues across cultural and ethinic differences.

Talking Together Cultural

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Talking Together Social

This ELCA resource offers a guide for congregations in addressing tough social issues.

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Women and Justice Social Statement Brochure (Feb. 2014)


Women and Justice Social Statement Brochure (Feb. 2014)

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Arranged alphabetically are all ELCA social policy resolutions.  For more information hover over the icon or click on “download” link.

Abortion Insurance SPR97

Abortion Insurance SPR97

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Abortion SPR95

Abortion SPR95

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Abortion SPR97

Abortion SPR97

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Abortion SPR99

Abortion SPR99

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Accessibility Sunday SPR01

Accessibility Sunday SPR01

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International Year for People of African Descent SPR11

International Year for People of African Descent SPR11

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African Development Foundation SPR95

African Development Foundation SPR95

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Aid to Cude SPR95

Aid to Cude SPR95

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AIDS Crisis SPR91

AIDS Crisis SPR91

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American Indian Alaskan SPR97

American Indian Alaskan SPR97

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Anti-Racism SPR02

Anti-Racism SPR02

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Appeal Right Laos SPR03

Appeal Right Laos SPR03

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Asylum Seekers Refugees SPR01

Asylum Seekers Refugees SPR01

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Ban Weapons SPR89

Ban Weapons SPR89

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Birmingham Pledge SPR01

Birmingham Pledge SPR01

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Boycott South Carolina SPR99

Boycott South Carolina SPR99

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Braille Tape Ministry SPR01

Braille Tape Ministry SPR01

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Bullying, Harassment, and Related Violence SPR11

Bullying, Harassment, and Related Violence SPR11

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Campaign Jubilee SPR97

Campaign Jubilee SPR97

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Care of Creation SPR95

Care of Creation SPR95

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Caring for Creation SPR04

Caring for Creation SPR04

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Caring for Creation SPR05

Caring for Creation SPR05

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Central America SPR89

Central America SPR89

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Central American Refugees SPR89

Central American Refugees SPR89

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China SPR89

China SPR89

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Church Jordan Palestine SPR01

Church Jordan Palestine SPR01

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Civil Matters SPR87

Civil Matters SPR87

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation SPR01

Commercial Sexual Exploitation SPR01

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Community Violence SPR93

Community Violence SPR93

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform SPR09

Comprehensive Immigration Reform SPR09

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Conflict Middle East SPR91

Conflict Middle East SPR91

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Confronting Culture of Violence in U.S. SPR13

Confronting Culture of Violence in U.S. SPR13

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Conscription Conscience SPR91

Conscription Conscience SPR91

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DC Congressional Voting SPR01

DC Congressional Voting SPR01

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Deaf Community SPR93

Deaf Community SPR93

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Deaf Ministry SPR01

Deaf Ministry SPR01

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Decade of Nonviolence SPR99

Decade of Nonviolence SPR99

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Domestic Hunger and Poverty SPR91

Domestic Hunger and Poverty SPR91

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Domestic Violence SPR89

Domestic Violence SPR89

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Donating Organs and Blood SPR04

Donating Organs and Blood SPR04

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Dream Act SPR11

Dream Act SPR11

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Economic Sanctions Iraq SPR01

Economic Sanctions Iraq SPR01

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El Salvador SPR91

El Salvador SPR91

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ELCA Malaria Campaign SPR11

ELCA Malaria Campaign SPR11

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Election Reform SPR95

Election Reform SPR95

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Ending World Hunger SPR05

Ending World Hunger SPR05

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Energy Audits SPR95

Energy Audits SPR95

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Energy Stewardship SPR11

Energy Stewardship SPR11

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Engagement Israel Palestine SPR09

Engagement Israel Palestine SPR09

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Environmental Concerns SPR89

Environmental Concerns SPR89

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Extremist Groups SPR95

Extremist Groups SPR95

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Fair Labor Employment SPR97

Fair Labor Employment SPR97

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Faith Science Ministry SPR03

Faith Science Ministry SPR03

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Family Farm SPR01

Family Farm SPR01

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Family Farms SPR95

Family Farms SPR95

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Farmers in Crisis SPR98

Farmers in Crisis SPR98

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Foot Mouth Disease SPR01

Foot Mouth Disease SPR01

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Fossil Fuel Reduction (Spring 2013)

Fossil Fuel Reduction (Spring 2013)

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Gambella Ethiopia SPR04

Gambella Ethiopia SPR04

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Gambling SPR03

Gambling SPR03

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Gender Identity Discrimination (Spring 2013)

Gender Identity Discrimination (Spring 2013)

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Global Warming SPR01

Global Warming SPR01

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GMO's Food Supply SPR04

GMO's Food Supply SPR04

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Guatemala SPR95

Guatemala SPR95

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Haiti Solidarity Week SPR03

Haiti Solidarity Week SPR03

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Harassment Sexual Orientation SPR93

Harassment Sexual Orientation SPR93

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Health Care Reform SPR09

Health Care Reform SPR09

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Health Care SPR89

Health Care SPR89

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Health Human Resources SPR91

Health Human Resources SPR91

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Healthcare Policy SPR01

Healthcare Policy SPR01

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HIV and AIDS Education SPR05

HIV and AIDS Education SPR05

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Housing Homelessness SPR89

Housing Homelessness SPR89

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Human Sexuality SPR09

Human Sexuality SPR09

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Hydraulic Fracturing SPR'13

Hydraulic Fracturing SPR'13

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Immigrant Refugees SPR91

Immigrant Refugees SPR91

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Immigrant Welcome SPR11

Immigrant Welcome SPR11

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Immigrants Refugees Asylum SPR03

Immigrants Refugees Asylum SPR03

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Immigration Detention SPR13

Immigration Detention SPR13

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Immigration Reform SPR09

Immigration Reform SPR09

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Immigration Reform SPR09 SPN

Immigration Reform Social Policy Resolution 2009 in Spanish.

Immigration Reform SPR09 SPN

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Immigration SPR99

Immigration SPR99

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Independent Sports Leagues SPR99

Independent Sports Leagues SPR99

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Iraq SPR02

Iraq SPR02

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Israel and Palestine SPR05

Israel and Palestine SPR05

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Israel Occupied Territories SPR89

Israel Occupied Territories SPR89

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Israeli Palestinian Relations SPR01

Israeli Palestinian Relations SPR01

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Jubilee 2000 Campaign SPR99

Jubilee 2000 Campaign SPR99

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Landmines SPR97

Landmines SPR97

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Late Term Abortions SPR01

Late Term Abortions SPR01

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Legal Gambling Sponsorship SPR07

Legal Gambling Sponsorship SPR07

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LGBT Military SPR93

LGBT Military SPR93

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Liberia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe SPR02

Liberia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe SPR02

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Liberia SPR04

Liberia SPR04

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Liberia SPR91

Liberia SPR91

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Lutheran Disaster Response SPR09

Lutheran Disaster Response SPR09

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Lutheran Malaria Initiative SPR09

Lutheran Malaria Initiative SPR09

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LWF Coffee SPR99

LWF Coffee SPR99

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LWF Visa Response SPR03

LWF Visa Response SPR03

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Medicare Health Care SPR04

Medicare Health Care SPR04

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Middle East Resolutions SPR00

Middle East Resolutions SPR00

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Middle East SPR93

Middle East SPR93

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Military Action Vieques SPR03

Military Action Vieques SPR03

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Military Expenditures SPR99

Military Expenditures SPR99

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Mining SPR99

Mining SPR99

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Ministry Deaf Community SPR91

Ministry Deaf Community SPR91

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Ministry Disabled Persons SPR91

Ministry Disabled Persons SPR91

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Moratorium Death Penalty SPR02

Moratorium Death Penalty SPR02

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National School Violence SPR06

National School Violence SPR06

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Native Heritage Month SPR12

Native Heritage Month SPR12

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Nonviolence SPR03

Nonviolence SPR03

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Older Adult Ministry SPR01

Older Adult Ministry SPR01

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Older Adult Ministry SPR99

Older Adult Ministry SPR99

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Oppositon to War in Iraq SPR05

Oppositon to War in Iraq SPR05

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Ordination of Gay and Lesbian People SPR01

Ordination of Gay and Lesbian People SPR01

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Organ Donation SPR89

Organ Donation SPR89

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Palestine Support Church SPR02

Palestine Support Church SPR02

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Palestinian Wall Response SPR04

Palestinian Wall Response SPR04

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Pastoral Care Gay SPR03

Pastoral Care Gay SPR03

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Peace in the Holy Land SPR03

Peace in the Holy Land SPR03

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Peace SPR01

Peace SPR01

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Peacemaking with Justice in Israel and Palestine SPR13

Peacemaking with Justice in Israel and Palestine SPR13

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Persecution of Christians SPR99

Persecution of Christians SPR99

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Political Speech Protection SPR02

Political Speech Protection SPR02

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Prison Reform SPR03

Prison Reform SPR03

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Promoting Positive Change for Palestine SPR11

Promoting Positive Change for Palestine SPR11

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Racial Hate Crimes SPR01

Racial Hate Crimes SPR01

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Racism SPR89

Racism SPR89

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Refugees Seekers Immigrants SPR05

Refugees Seekers Immigrants SPR05

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Refugees SPR02

Refugees SPR02

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Religious Persecution SPR97

Religious Persecution SPR97

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Resolution on Jerusalem SPR96

Resolution on Jerusalem SPR96

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Rural Congregations SPR89

Rural Congregations SPR89

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Rural Economic Crisis SPR99

Rural Economic Crisis SPR99

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Safe Haven Children SPR99

Safe Haven Children SPR99

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School Voucher Proposals SPR01

School Voucher Proposals SPR01

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Separation Wall Palestine SPR05

Separation Wall Palestine SPR05

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Severe Droughts SPR99

Severe Droughts SPR99

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Sex Slaves SPR05

Sex Slaves SPR05

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Sexual Abuse Harassment SPR91

Sexual Abuse Harassment SPR91

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Sexual Harassment SPR89

Sexual Harassment SPR89

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Sexuality Church Recommendations SPR05

Sexuality Church Recommendations SPR05

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Sexuality Homosexuality SPR93

Sexuality Homosexuality SPR93

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Sexuality Pastoral Recommendations SPR05

Sexuality Pastoral Recommendations SPR05

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Social Statements SPR87

Social Statements SPR87

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Southeast Asia POWs SPR89

Southeast Asia POWs SPR89

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Suicide Prevention SPR11

Suicide Prevention SPR11

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Support Haitian People SPR01

Support Haitian People SPR01

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Support Lutheran Palestine SPR03

Support Lutheran Palestine SPR03

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Support Persecuted Churches SPR03

Support Persecuted Churches SPR03

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Support Puerto Rico SPR01

Support Puerto Rico SPR01

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Support Urgent Call SPR03

Support Urgent Call SPR03

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Supporting the Vocations of Agriculture SPR11

Supporting the Vocations of Agriculture SPR11

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Temporary Assistance Families SPR01

Temporary Assistance Families SPR01

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Uniting American Families Act (SPR13)

Uniting American Families Act (SPR13)

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US Army School SPR95

US Army School SPR95

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US Navy Puerto Rico SPR99

US Navy Puerto Rico SPR99

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US War Material SPR99

US War Material SPR99

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Violence Against Women SPR95

Violence Against Women SPR95

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Voting Rights to All Citizens SPR13

Voting Rights to All Citizens SPR13

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Wall Palestinian Territories SPR04

Wall Palestinian Territories SPR04

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Welcoming LGBT People SPR95

Welcoming LGBT People SPR95

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Welfare SPR89

Welfare SPR89

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Workers Rights SPR91

Workers Rights SPR91

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Workfare SPR99

Workfare SPR99

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Working Against Racism SPR03

Working Against Racism SPR03

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World Hunger Report SPR01

World Hunger Report SPR01

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Youth Violence SPR99

Youth Violence SPR99

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Arranged alphabetically here are historical documents of ELCA predecessor bodies. For more information hover over the icon or click on the “download” link.

ALC Social Responsibility

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of abortion.

ALC Social Responsibility

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ALC Abortion Series

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church that contains a series of statements that express the church's stance on abortion.

ALC Abortion Series

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ALC Amnesty in Perspective

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the issue of amnesty for resisters of the Vietnam War.

ALC Amnesty in Perspective

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ALC Apartheid

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church denouncing the culture of apartheid in South Africa and Namibia.

ALC Apartheid

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ALC Church and Government

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church about the relationship between the church and the government.

ALC Church and Government

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ALC Combatting Inflation

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of inflation from 1974.

ALC Combatting Inflation

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ALC Death and Dying (1977)

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of Death and Dying from 1977.

ALC Death and Dying (1977)

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ALC Education

From 1974, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church addresses the role of education in American society from a Lutheran perspective.

ALC Education

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ALC Environmental Crisis

An early historical document of the American Lutheran Church about the ecological crisis facing the world.

ALC Environmental Crisis

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ALC Equality of Opportunity

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church advocating for an "equality of opportunity" for all people in America.

ALC Equality of Opportunity

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ALC Families and Violence

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of the church's role in curbing domestic abuse.

ALC Families and Violence

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ALC Gambling

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church about legalized gambling in American society.

ALC Gambling

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ALC Human Law

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the issue of civil law and Christian's individual conscience from a Lutheran perspective.

ALC Human Law

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ALC Human Rights Namibia

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on Human Rights in Namibia from 1980.

ALC Human Rights Namibia

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ALC Human Sexuality

From 1980, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church covers a wide range of issues pertaining to human sexuality.

ALC Human Sexuality

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ALC Human Values

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church affirming a wide range of "human values" in American society from 1972.

ALC Human Values

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ALC Intercultural Communities Ministry

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church expressing support for racial integration in Lutheran congregations from 1964.

ALC Intercultural Communities Ministry

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ALC Interracial Marriage

From 1968, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church supports interracial marriage in America.

ALC Interracial Marriage

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ALC Mandate for Peacemaking

In the midst of the Cold War, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church affirms that the church has a "mandate for peacemaking."

ALC Mandate for Peacemaking

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ALC National Service Reform

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church calling for both national service and selective service reform.

ALC National Service Reform

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ALC Peace Justice Rights

From 1972, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church expresses support of peace, justice and human rights.

ALC Peace Justice Rights

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ALC Pornography

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church about pornography in American society.

ALC Pornography

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ALC Private School

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church concerning the use of tax credits for private school tuition payments from 1983.

ALC Private School

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ALC Racism in Church

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church condemning racism in the church.

ALC Racism in Church

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ALC Religion in Public School

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of religion in public schools.

ALC Religion in Public School

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ALC Sent Into the World

This historical document of the American Lutheran Church covers a wide range of social issues and articulates a Christian's response to those issues.

ALC Sent Into the World

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ALC Social Responsibility

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America containing a series of statements on the Christian's social responsibility.

ALC Social Responsibility

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ALC Abortion

This historical document of the American Lutheran Church outlines the "Christian's social responsibility" as a response to God's grace.

ALC Abortion

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ALC Stewardship of Land

From 1982, this is a historical document of the American Lutheran Church advocating for better stewardship of the land that God has given to us.

ALC Stewardship of Land

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ALC Tax Reform

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of tax reform from 1970.

ALC Tax Reform

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ALC Tax Revolt

A historical document on taxes in America from the Lutheran Church in America from 1978.

ALC Tax Revolt

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ALC Taxing

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church about the American tax system and social spending from 1982.

ALC Taxing

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ALC Teachings: Marriage and Divorce

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church conveys the church's teachings on marriage.

ALC Teachings: Marriage and Divorce

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ALC Unfinished Reformation

From 1980, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church formulates a theological response to the pressing social issues of the day.

ALC Unfinished Reformation

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ALC Victims of Pornography

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church expressing concern for the victims of the pornographic industry from the year 1985.

ALC Victims of Pornography

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ALC Vietnam

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the Vietnam War.

ALC Vietnam

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ALC Violence and Television

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the issue of the rise of violence in American media.

ALC Violence and Television

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ALC War, Peace and Freedom

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of war.

ALC War, Peace and Freedom

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ALC Women and Men

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church on the topic of equality for men and women.

ALC Women and Men

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ASCL Temperance

From the era of Prohibition, this historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church condemns the consumption of alcohol.

ASCL Temperance

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ASLC Church and State

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church that provides the church's position on the relationship between church and state.

ASLC Church and State

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ASLC Dancing

From 1954, a historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church warning the church's members about dancing.

ASLC Dancing

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ASLC Economic Affairs

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church on issues of economic affairs, including condemnation of corruption in American labor unions.

ASLC Economic Affairs

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ASLC Gambling

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church on the topic of legalized gambling.

ASLC Gambling

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ASLC Human Relations

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church containing the church's position on civil rights issues from 1948, 1956 and 1958.

ASLC Human Relations

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ASLC International Affairs

A historical document containing a series of statements of the Augustana Lutheran Church on topics of international affairs from 1939 to 1957.

ASLC International Affairs

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ASLC Lesiure Entertainment

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church that guides its members on matters of leisure and entertainment.

ASLC Lesiure Entertainment

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ASLC Marriage and Family

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church containing a series of statements on the topic of marriage and divorce.

ASLC Marriage and Family

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ASLC Preface to Social Pronouncements

A historical document of the Augustana Lutheran Church that prefaces the church's social pronouncements.

ASLC Preface to Social Pronouncements

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Changing Europe

The ELCA social message on Europe’s changing economy was adopted by the Church Council in 1990.

Changing Europe

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LCA Abortion

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America from 1978 on the issue of abortion.

LCA Abortion

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LCA Aging

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America that offers perspectives on aging and on how to minister to the older adult.

LCA Aging

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ALC American Military

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on the topic of capital punishment.

ALC American Military

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LCA Capital Punishment

From 1972, this historical document of the American Lutheran Church expresses disapproval over the Vietnam War.

LCA Capital Punishment

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LCA Church and State

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America covering the proper relationship between the church and the state.

LCA Church and State

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LCA Church's Role in Social Welfare

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on the church's role in social welfare.

LCA Church's Role in Social Welfare

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LCA Conscientious Objection Military

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America provides the protocol for conscientious objectors.

LCA Conscientious Objection Military

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LCA Conscientious Objection

From 1968, this historical document of the Lutheran Church of America supports the rights of conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War.

LCA Conscientious Objection

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LCA Death and Dying

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on issues of death and dying, including perspectives on euthanasia and withholding treatment.

LCA Death and Dying

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LCA Death and Dying Addendum

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America offering addendum to its previous statements on aging and the older adult.

LCA Death and Dying Addendum

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LCA Ecology

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America explaining the causes of the ecological crisis and offering "imperatives for action" to solve it.

LCA Ecology

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LCA Economic Justice

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on a variety of topics pertaining to issues of economic justice.

LCA Economic Justice

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LCA Human Rights

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America articulating the church's stance on human rights.

LCA Human Rights

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LCA Hunger and Poverty

From 1984, this historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on the issue of hunger and poverty in America.

LCA Hunger and Poverty

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LCA Marriage and Family

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on marriage and the family.

LCA Marriage and Family

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LCA Minority Ministry

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America calling for more diversity within the church.

LCA Minority Ministry

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LCA Offender Corrections

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America offering the early church's position on criminal justice.

LCA Offender Corrections

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LCA Partnership Church Colleges

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America that articulates a plan for creating a partnership between churches and colleges.

LCA Partnership Church Colleges

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LCA Peace Politics

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America that affirms that "peace is the will of God."

LCA Peace Politics

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LCA Poverty

A historical document on the issue of poverty from the Lutheran Church in America from 1966.

LCA Poverty

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LCA Prayer and Bible Reading

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America about the practice of prayer and the reading of the Bible in public schools.

LCA Prayer and Bible Reading

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LCA Race Relations

A historical document of the LCA on the issue of race relations in America, which includes the church's affirmation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

LCA Race Relations

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LCA Religious Liberty

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on the issue of religious liberty in America.

LCA Religious Liberty

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LCA Sexuality, Marriage and Family

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America that covers issues relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family.

LCA Sexuality, Marriage and Family

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LCA Vietnam

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America on the Vietnam War.

LCA Vietnam

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LCA World Community

A historical document of the Lutheran Church of America maintains the interdependence of all peoples and all nations.

LCA World Community

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LCU InVitro Fertilization

A historical document of the Lutheran Council in the U.S.A on in-vitro fertilization.

LCU InVitro Fertilization

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LCU Peace War Conscience

A historical document of the Lutheran Council of the U.S.A. on peace, war and conscience.

LCU Peace War Conscience

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PES Artificial Insemination

A chapter from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "Artificial Insemination."

PES Artificial Insemination

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PES Foreword

The Foreword of the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA from 1983.

PES Foreword

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PES Genetic Manipulation

A chapter from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and LCA. This chapter is on "Genetic Manipulation."

PES Genetic Manipulation

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PES Genetic Screening

A chapter from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "Genetic Screen Counseling."

PES Genetic Screening

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PES InVitro Fertalilization

A chapter from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "In-Virto Fertilization."

PES InVitro Fertalilization

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PES Handicapped Newborns

A chapter from the PES, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "the Nontreatment of Handicapped Newborns."

PES Handicapped Newborns

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PES Prenatal Diagnosis

A chapter from the PES, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "The Ethics of Prenatal Diagnosis.

PES Prenatal Diagnosis

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PES Suggested Resources

A page from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA from 1983. This page offers suggested resources.

PES Suggested Resources

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PES Surrogate Motherhood

A chapter from the Procreation Ethics Series, a historical document of the ALC, AELC, and the LCA. This chapter is on "Surrogate Motherhood."

PES Surrogate Motherhood

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UCLA Social Changes

From 1922, this historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America cautions against the social changes that are affecting the family.

UCLA Social Changes

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ULCA After World War I

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America conveying optimism about church and society after World War I.

ULCA After World War I

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ULCA After World War II

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America concerning economic affairs and the labor force after World War II.

ULCA After World War II

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ULCA Alcohol Education

A historical document from the ULCA calling for more alcohol education and more study on the effects of alcohol on the body.

ULCA Alcohol Education

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ULCA Church and State

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America.

ULCA Church and State

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ULCA Church in World War II

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America in the midst of World War II.

ULCA Church in World War II

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ULCA Citizenship

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America in the midst of World War II.

ULCA Citizenship

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ULCA Conscientious Objection

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America with a series of statements concerning conscientious objectors to World War II.

ULCA Conscientious Objection

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ULCA Cooperation

This historical document from the ULCA calls for cooperation with the United States government in its efforts to conserve food.

ULCA Cooperation

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ULCA Creative Use Leisure

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the proper use of one's leisure time.

ULCA Creative Use Leisure

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ULCA Crime

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the proper use of one's leisure time.

ULCA Crime

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ULCA Economic Affairs Great Depression

A historical document of the American Lutheran Church addressing the historic divisions between the American people and Native Americans.

ULCA Economic Affairs Great Depression

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ULCA Economic Aid

A historical document from the ULCA in support of international relief for the European nations devastated by World War II.

ULCA Economic Aid

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ULCA Fanchise

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the importance of voting as a civic duty.

ULCA Fanchise

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ULCA Foreward Social Statements

This historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America introduces the church's methodology in addressing social issues.

ULCA Foreward Social Statements

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ULCA Gambling

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America against the practice of recreational gambling.

ULCA Gambling

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ALC American Indian

A historical document from the ULCA containing a series of statements expressing concern for the poor during the Great Depression.

ALC American Indian

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ULCA Human Relations

A historical document from the ULCA containing a series of statements on race relations prior to the civil rights movement in America.

ULCA Human Relations

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ULCA Indecent Literature

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America about the reading of "indecent literature."

ULCA Indecent Literature

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ULCA Keeping the Peace

This historical document from the ULCA contains a series of statements in support of international peace throughout the early 20th century.

ULCA Keeping the Peace

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ULCA Lesiure Entertainment

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the topic of leisure and entertainment.

ULCA Lesiure Entertainment

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ULCA Marriage and Family

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America containing a series of statements regarding marriage and divorce.

ULCA Marriage and Family

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ULCA Motion Pictures

This historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America instructs members of the church to avoid "lewd and immoral" motion pictures.

ULCA Motion Pictures

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ULCA Nuclear War

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the topic of nuclear weapons.

ULCA Nuclear War

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ULCA Parochial Schools

A historical document from the ULCA calling for the government to stop funding parochial schools, citing the separation of church and state.

ULCA Parochial Schools

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ULCA Peace Communist Threat

From 1948, this historical document from the ULCA advocates for peace and dialogue instead of war with Russia, "the communist threat."

ULCA Peace Communist Threat

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ULCA Prohibition

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America affirming "Prohibition" in America.

ULCA Prohibition

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ULCA Religion and Family

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America on the importance of religion in familial life.

ULCA Religion and Family

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ULCA Shaping Peace

A historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America that outlines the church's affirmation of world peace after World War II.

ULCA Shaping Peace

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ULCA Social Responsibility

This historical document of the American Lutheran Church outlines the "Christian's social responsibility" as a response to God's grace.

ULCA Social Responsibility

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ULCA Under Tolitarian Rule

From 1934, this historical document of the ULCA expresses regret over the nationalization of Lutheran churches in Germany.

ULCA Under Tolitarian Rule

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ULCA Universal Military Training

A historical document from the ULCA that contains a series of statements protesting "Universal Military Training" a.k.a the Selective Service Act.

ULCA Universal Military Training

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ULCA Vatican Relations

A historical document of the ULCA containing a series of statements communicating dismay over the Vatican's nationhood.

ULCA Vatican Relations

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ULCA World Order

From 1950, this historical document from the United Lutheran Church in America reaffirms that God's plan for world order is peace.

ULCA World Order

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