“For Peace in God's World” expresses ELCA teaching on matters related to war, domestic and international security, and the Christian call to be peace-makers. The statement is grounded in the scriptural understanding that God desires “shalom” (the Hebrew word for wellbeing) for all human beings, but that such eternal peace is fragile and imperfect within even the best earthly peace we may achieve. Because of the sin-filled reality of earthly life, the statement affirms just war teaching in the service of just peace, with attention to what this means for culture, economics, politics, military conduct and international security.

The statement advocates for Christian peace-making, alternatives to war, human rights, social justice, control of the arms trade and other means of working toward peace in God’s world.

You can read or download the full social statement on “For Peace in God's World” in English or en español. This social statement was adopted in 1995 by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Social Statement (en)

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