Social IssuesWomen and girls disproportionately suffer harm worldwide. Some of this harm is intellectual, economic or emotional. A great deal of it is physical and emotional. Through its political advocacy and direct services, the ELCA works with many partners to end the immediate crisis of violence and to respond to people who experience violence. The ELCA also works to address root causes of gender-based violence.
Soon after its formation, the ELCA affirmed in one of its social statements the confession that because we are justified and redeemed by God through Christ, this church is empowered to care for others. Care for the neighbor includes seeking justice in social structures. “[This church] needs constantly to discern when to support and when to confront society’s cultural patterns, values, and powers” (p. 4). The ELCA Justice for Women program serves this purpose by addressing the social system of patriarchy and sexism and the ways it affects all of church and society, sometimes violently. Read the full text of the Church in Society social statement.
Throughout the Justice for Women program resources, you will find resources to help you join the work to respond to crises of violence and to help you dig deeper into social and church “patterns, values and powers” that support violence or interfere with justice for women and girls.