Thoughtful, active participation in society is vital to the mission of the ELCA as we join in God's work in the world. The ELCA teaches that we, as individual members and as an organized faith community, are liberated by God’s love to share that love by serving and seeking justice for the neighbor—questions, ambiguities, complexities and all. Various kinds of written materials aid this mission.
The social writing projects described here may include, at different times, ELCA social statements, social messages, social policy resolutions, studies, moral deliberation tools and study guides. These resources are prepared according to ELCA protocol and serve as documents for teaching, discernment and action as our church participates in what God is up to in human society and the whole creation.
Currently a task force is working on a social statement on church, state, and civic participation. Right now the group is in its studying phase. To learn more about the task force, the social statement process and how to participate, please go to elca.org/civicsandfaith. The social statement is currently scheduled to be voted on at the Churchwide Assembly in 2025.
The new social statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice is online and in print. A study guide should be released by the end of 2021.