Anticipated Timeline

One in Christ: Anticipated Timeline

For help with the meaning of key terms, go to the last page of this document; this schedule remains subject to change as needed, but anticipated dates are in bold


Churchwide Assembly authorizes the development of the social statement. 


Sept. 28-30: Task force meeting #1
Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
Task force meeting #2


Listening events begin 
 May 1-2:
Task force meeting #3
 Summer & Fall:
First study resources published
Progress report to Churchwide Assembly
 Nov. 1-2:
Task force meeting #4


 Listening events; study materials published throughout the year
March 22-23:
Task force meeting #5
Oct. 17-18:
Task force meeting #6


 Listening events; study materials published throughout the year
Feb. 27-28:
Task force meeting #7
Oct. 24-25:
Task force meeting #8: Begin work on creating a full study
Social message on Gender-based Violence considered by Church Council


April 15-17:
Task force meeting #9: Finalizes full study
Full study published; Response period begins throughout ELCA
August 15-20:
Progress report to Churchwide Assembly
Study response period continues
Task force meets by phone


Feb. 3-4:
Task force meeting #10
August 31:
Study response period ends
Sept. 15-17:
Task force meeting #11: Finalizes draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice
Nov. 15:
Draft of a Social Statement published and mailed to each congregation
Comment and synodical hearings on Draft begin


 Comment and synodical hearings on Draft continue through Sept. 30
Task force meets by phone
Comment period ends
Task force meeting #12


Final task force meeting: Finalizes proposed Social Statement
Proposed Social Statement published online; Review by Conference of Bishops
ELCA Church Council recommends text to Churchwide Assembly
Churchwide Assembly considers statement for adoption
Official text posted online
Social Statement published in paper format


Spanish translation published


Study guide to statement published

Key terms

ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. Social statements also set policy for the ELCA and guide its advocacy and work as a publically engaged church.

Social messages of the ELCA are topical documents adopted by the ELCA Church Council to focus attention and action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to the church and society. Generally, they build upon previously adopted teaching and policy positions, especially from social statements.

During the development process of a social statement, various study documents are created to help members of the ELCA study and think about issues under discussion. Most of these are brief, one-to-three session guides focusing on a specific topic. For example, one task force study explores how women are portrayed in the media. The task force also anticipates creating a full study, a longer and more comprehensive resource that will contain sustained themes while looking at key topics.

A Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice will be exactly that, a draft of a social statement designed for feedback from church members. It has no official standing but allows the task force to provide a working document for feedback from throughout the church.

Listening events are occasions led by task force members, or a group of people called Process Builders, that are designed to hear from members of the ELCA regarding their insights and concerns around the issues of women and justice in church and society. It provides early feedback for the task force about hopes, fears and expectations for the social statement that the task force will develop. These events tend to be local or online in nature. To learn about Listening Events and Process Builders in your synod, email