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 feedback is greatly appreciated, and your participation is incredibly value to this process. Please know that all feedback was read by members of the task force. A formal report about the feedback received about the draft will be posted in December 2018.
What comes next? The task force is working on revising the draft in light of the comments received and in the spring will provide a Proposed Social Statement to the ELCA Church Council as the statement moves toward consideration at the August 2019 Churchwide Assembly.
The draft is still available to read, along with a FAQ, overview, and brochure here.
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.
The task force recognizes the importance of adequate time to consider the many issues and enable broad participation in the conversation across the church. For a timeline of the task force's work, click here.
The task force, previously has also developed and suggested various study resources for further education on gender issues, Lutheran theology, and more. To explore these, click here.