For Peace in God's World
1. To adopt "For Peace in God's World" as a social statement of this church to be used in accordance with the understanding outlined in "Social Statements in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Principles and Procedures," which was adopted at the 1989 Churchwide Assembly (CA89.3.14).
2. To call on members of this church to renew our prayer for peace, our identity as a community for peace, and our study of the scriptural witness to the God of Peace, using this statement to help them form their judgments and carry out their commitment to live a faith active for peace.
3. To call on our congregations and professional leaders to give renewed attention to how our liturgy, preaching, hymnody, and prayers embody God's will for peace and our calling for peace.
4. To commend the education, service, and advocacy ministries of this church in their work for peace on our behalf; to direct churchwide units to review their programs and major program directions in light of this social statement with the intention of strengthening this church's witness to global peace; and to call upon members to support these ministries.
5. To direct the Division for Church in Society, in cooperation with other units, particularly the Division for Congregational Ministries, to provide leadership, consultation, and educational and worship resources for congregations on the basis of this statement.
6. To call upon members to give generously to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its World Hunger Appeal, so that the Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and our partner ecumenical agencies might do more in helping to alleviate the causes and consequences of war, to resolve conflicts, and to build peace; and to call upon members to participate actively in these ministries.
7. To call upon the educational institutions of this church day schools, colleges and universities, seminaries, centers of continuing education, and camps to review their programs in light of this statement, so as to further the study of peace and global affairs.
8. To call upon the members and leaders of this church to support our youth in their struggle to define their identity and vocation as present and future peacemakers, and to call upon pastors and educators to encourage our youth to consider various forms of volunteer service that contribute to peace.
9. To share this social statement with other churches of the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, and our other ecumenical partners as a sign of our commitment to work together for peace with justice.
10. To send this social statement to the President of the United States, to our elected representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, to the United States Secretary of State, and to the Secretary General of the United Nations as a sign of our commitment to work with them for a more peaceful world.