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Government and Civic Engagement

The ELCA is developing a social statement on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, as called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Social statements are the ELCA’s primary documents to address significant social issues. They are intended to aid reflection and shape conscience and to set forth the ELCA’s teaching and policy on the major social issues and questions of contemporary life.

An ELCA task force provides primary leadership for the statement’s development over a five-year period, using an established process of study and widespread participation in theological and moral deliberation. This task force will begin meeting in the autumn of 2020. Applications/nominations to serve on the task force are closed. The task force will be composed of ELCA members who bring a range and diversity of knowledge, insight, background, political perspective, and competence related to civic life in contemporary church and society.

To learn more about the responsibilities of task force members, click here.

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New Social Message

Government and Civic Engagement

Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy
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