What is a hearing?
Hearings provide an opportunity for participants to share with the task force their concerns, appreciations and suggestions about a draft social statement. They also provide a place for participants to hear what others are thinking. However, hearings are not a time for discussion or debate. They are a time to offer feedback concerning specific parts of the text. Hearings are sponsored by synods or take place in other ministry settings with support from the Office of the Presiding Bishop.
Hearings are a critical and important step in the social statement process because they provide comprehensive feedback from across our church during the formative stage of statement development. If you would to coordinate a hearing in your synod, please contact your synod office, or click here to email the Women and Justice team.
Click here for resources for coordinating and publicizing your hearing.
Jan. 20: Northern Texas/Northern Louisiana Synod, Shepherd of Life, Arlington, TX
Feb. 25, 4–6 pm: Central States Synod, Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO
April 5th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2330 E. Calumet Street, Appleton, Wisconsin
April 19th, 6:30 pm: North/West Lower Michigan Synod, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1079 Riverside Drive, Battle Creek, Michigan, 49015
April 22nd, 2:00 pm: North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Lake Ann Lutheran Church, 8481 Lake Ann Road, Lake Ann, Michigan, 49650
April 22nd, 2–4 pm: Central States Synod, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Salina, KS
April 29th, 4–6 pm: Central States Synod, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence KS
April 30th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
May 4th: Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, Westin Westminster 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO, 80020
May 16th: Rocky Mountain Synod, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO, 80113
May 20th, 4–6 pm: Central States Synod, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Manchester, MO
May 31st, 3:15 pm: Lower Susquehanna conversation
May 31st, 2:30 pm: Nebraska Synod Assembly, Younes Conference Center 416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845
May 31st, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly, Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, WI 53187
June 1-2nd: South Dakota Synod Assembly, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 909 W 33rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
June 1st: Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly, Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
June 2nd 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly, 4855 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL, 34746
June 8th: Central/Southern Illinois Synod Assembly, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign, Illinois, 61820
June 9th 9:00 am: New England Synod Assembly
June 9th: Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly, John S. Knight Center, Downtown Akron, Ohio
June 9th: Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly, Bowen Thompson Student Union at BGSU, 1001 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403
June 11th: Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
June 16th, 9:30 am – 11:00 am: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
August 11th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Northeastern Ohio Synod, Synod Office, 1890 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 44221
September 11th, evening: Minneapolis Area Synod, Community of the Cross, 10701 Bloomington Ferry Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
September 22nd: Southeastern Iowa Synod, Des Moines, Iowa
September 23rd: Southeastern Iowa Synod, Davenport, Iowa
September 29th, morning: Minneapolis Area Synod, University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414