How We Address Social Concerns
How social statements policy is developed in the ELCA
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America addresses social concerns as a witness to God’s just and loving purpose for all of creation. It does this by equipping and nurturing members for their calling in the world, encouraging learning and moral deliberation around social concerns, developing and enacting social teaching in the form of social statements, and interpreting and applying social policy.
- Learn more about and read the 11 social statements of the ELCA.
- Learn more about and read the 12 social messages of the ELCA.
- Currently, a statement on Criminal Justice is being developed.
- The ELCA has adopted numerous Social Policy Resolutions on a diverse range of topics.
- Find resources for your congregation to help it become a stronger community of moral deliberation.
- Policies and Procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for Addressing Social Concerns describes the purpose, character, development and use of social statements, messages, social policy resolutions, and studies of social issues.
Faithful participation in society is integral and vital to the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- Policies and Procedures
Addressing Social Issues: ELCA Policy Documents and Resources (through 2007)
This CD was published by the ELCA program unit for Church in Society. This resource explains how the ELCA addresses social issues and includes a complete collection of the social teaching and policy documents of the ELCA (statements, messages, and policy resolutions through December 2007). Study and interpretive resources are also included.
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