Timeline

Timeline of the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ

Note: For help with the meaning of key terms, go to the last page of this document.

2009


Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of the social statement. Work delayed due to staff capacity limitations.

2012

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

2013


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

2014


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

2015

 

 Listening events; study materials published throughout the year
 
Feb. 27-28:
Task force meeting #7
Oct. 24-25:
Task force meeting #8: Began work on creating the official study from the task force
November:
ELCA Social Message, "Gender-based Violence" considered and adopted by Church Council

2016

 
April 15-17:
Task force meeting #9: Finalized the official study from the task force
August:
The official study, "Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement," published. Response period to the study began throughout the ELCA
August 15-20:
Progress report given to Churchwide Assembly
Fall:
Study response period continued
November:
Task force met by phone

2017

 
Feb. 3-4:
Task force meeting #10
August 31:
Response period ended for "Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations towards a Social Statement"
Sept. 15-17:
Task force meeting #11: Finalized "Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice"
Nov. 15:
"Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice" published and mailed to each congregation. Feedback period and synodical hearings on Draft began.

2018


Feedback period and synodical hearings on Draft continued through September 30
 
May/June:
Task force met by phone
Sept. 30:
Comment period ended
Oct. 12-13:
Task force meeting #12

2019

 
Jan. 25-27:
Final task force meeting: Finalized proposed social statement, "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action"
February:
Proposed Social Statement reviewed by Conference of Bishops and Church Council
March:
Discussed at the Conference of Bishops
April:
ELCA Church Council recommended the Proposed Social Statement to Churchwide Assembly
August:
Churchwide Assembly considers statement for adoption
September:
Official text to be posted online. Spanish translation begins.
December:
Social Statement to be published in paper format

2020

 
Winter:
Spanish translation to be published

2021

 
Winter:
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 publicly 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.