Social Statement Feedback
The due date for submitting feedback to the draft was September 30, 2018. If you sent in a response to the Women and Justice Task Force in any format - letter, email, response form, phone call, in person, or otherwise - thank you! Your participation is greatly appreciated, and please know that all feedback was read by members of the task force.
The final report regarding response to the draft can be found here. This report reflects data from the draft response forms only . 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.
What comes next in the development process? The task force is working on revising the draft in light of the comments received and in February will conclude its work by submitting a Proposed Social Statement to the ELCA Church Council as the next step toward final consideration at the August 2019 Churchwide Assembly.
The draft is still available to read, along with a FAQ, overview, and brochure here.
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 has been at work since 2012 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice.
The 19 ELCA members on the task force represent diverse walks of life, perspectives, gender, geography, ethnicity and skills that provide a variety of thoughtful voices. The range of issues that the task force continues to explore remains open-ended since there are many issues that affect individuals, congregations, communities and society. To learn more about who is on the task force download their bios here. For a timeline of the task force's work, click here.
The task force, during its tenure, also has developed and suggested various study resources for education on gender-related issues, bible study, Lutheran theology, and more. To explore these, click here.