Proposed Social Statement
Click here to read the Proposed Social Statement on women and justice titled Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. It also includes a set of implementing resolutions on the final pages. Click here to read the accompanying cover letter from the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ. Please note: this document and the proposed resolutions do not represent ELCA teaching or policy at this time. They must be reviewed and recommended by the Church Council and then will be considered for adoption at the Churchwide Assembly in August 2019. The wording here is subject to change, therefore, until final adoption.
Social Statement Feedback
The public report about responses to the 2018 Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice can be found here. This report reflects the data from the draft comment period that preceded work on the proposed statement. Please note: the first section of the report pdf is the Executive Summary, but the supporting research data is found in the remainder of the document. If you sent in a response to the draft in any format, thank you! Your participation is greatly appreciated, and please know that all feedback was read by members of the task force.
What comes next in the development process?
The proposed statement will be reviewed by the Church Council as the next step toward final consideration at the August 2019 Churchwide Assembly.
About the Task Force
In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ was seated in 2012 to lead the study and writing. It now has concluded its work with submission of the proposed statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. For a timeline of the task force's work, click here.