Faith and Society

Welcome to the Faith and Society resource page. This resource page provides you a visual way to explore and download the many types of resources we have available. You may also use the search engine to find other resources not listed here. 



ELCA social statements can be downloaded in English or Spanish. Click the “download” link. For print version, click on the “order” link.

Abortion

The ELCA social statement on abortion was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

Abortion (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre el aborto.

Abortion (Spanish)

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Church in Society

The foundational ELCA social statement, adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

Church in Society

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Church in Society (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la iglesia en la sociedad.

Church in Society (Spanish)

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Criminal Justice

The ELCA Social Statement on criminal justice was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2013.

Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre justicia penal.

Criminal Justice (Spanish)

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Death Penalty

The ELCA social statement on the Death Penalty was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1991.

Death Penalty

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Death Penalty (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la pena de muerte.

Death Penalty (Spanish)

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Economic Life

Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1999.

Economic Life

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Economic Life (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la vida económica.

Economic Life (Spanish)

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Education

The ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2007.

Education

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Education (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la educación.

Education (Spanish)

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Environment

Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice is the ELCA Social Statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1993.

Environment

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Environment (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre el medio ambiente.

Environment (Spanish)

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Genetics

The ELCA social statement on human genetics was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2011.

Health

Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2003.

Health (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la salud.

Health (Spanish)

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Human Sexuality

The ELCA social statement on human sexuality was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2009.

Human Sexuality

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Human Sexuality (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la sexualidad humana.

Human Sexuality (Spanish)

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Peace

For Peace in God's World is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1995.

Peace (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la paz.

Peace (Spanish)

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Race, Ethnicity and Culture

The ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 1993.

Race, Ethnicity and Culture

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Race, Ethnicity and Culture (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre la raza, la etnicidad y la cultura.

Race, Ethnicity and Culture (Spanish)

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Sexism

Faith, Sexism, and Justice is the ELCA social statement adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2019.

Sexism (Spanish)

La traducción al español de la declaración social de la ELCA sobre el sexismo.

Sexism (Spanish)

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ELCA social messages can be downloaded in English or Spanish (most).  Click the “download” link. Most are available in print. Use the “order” link.

AIDS

The ELCA social message on AIDS was adopted by the Church Council in 1988.

AIDS (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre el SIDA.

AIDS (Spanish)

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Climate Care

As adopted unanimously on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by the Church Council on April 20, 2023.

Climate Care

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Climate Care (Spanish)

As adopted unanimously on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by the Church Council on April 20, 2023.

Climate Care (Spanish)

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The ELCA social message on commercial sexual exploitation was adopted by the Church Council in 2001.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la explotación sexual comercial.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Spanish)

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Community Violence

The ELCA social message on community violence was adopted by the Church Council in 1994.

Community Violence

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Community Violence (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la violencia en la comunidad.

Community Violence (Spanish)

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End-of-Life Decisions

The ELCA social message on end-of-life decisions was adopted by the Church Council in 1992.

End-of-Life Decisions

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End-of-Life Decisions (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre las decisiones al final de la vida.

End-of-Life Decisions (Spanish)

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Gender-Based Violence

The social messaeg on gender-based violence, adopted by the ELCA Church Council in 2015.

Gender-Based Violence

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Gender-Based Violence (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la violencia de género.

Gender-Based Violence (Spanish)

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Gender-Based Violence Foundational Documentation

Further materials supporting the Gender-Based Violence Social Message.

Gender-Based Violence Foundational Documentation

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Gender-Based Violence Foundational Documentation (Spanish)

La traducción al español de los materiales adicionales de apoyo al mensaje social sobre la violencia de género.

Gender-Based Violence Foundational Documentation (Spanish)

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Government and Civic Engagement

The social message on government and civic engagement was adopted by the ELCA Church Council in June 2020.

Government and Civic Engagement

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Government and Civic Engagement (Spanish)

El Consejo de la Iglesia de la ELCA adoptó el mensaje social sobre el gobierno y la participación cívica en junio de 2020.

Government and Civic Engagement (Spanish)

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Homelessness

The ELCA social message on homelessness was adopted by the Church Council in 1990.

Homelessness

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Homelessness (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre las personas sin hogar.

Homelessness (Spanish)

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Human Rights

The ELCA social message on human rights.

Human Rights

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Human Rights (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre los derechos humanos.

Human Rights (Spanish)

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Immigration

The ELCA social message on immigration was adopted by the Church Council in 1998.

Immigration

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Immigration (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la inmigración.

Immigration (Spanish)

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The ELCA social message on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was adopted by the Church Council in 1989.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Mental Illness

The ELCA social message on mental illness was adopted by the Church Council in 2011.

Mental Illness

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Mental Illness (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre las enfermedades mentales.

Mental Illness (Spanish)

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People with Disabilities

The ELCA social message on people living with disabilities was adopted by the Church Council in 2010.

People with Disabilities

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People with Disabilities (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre las personas con discapacidad.

People with Disabilities (Spanish)

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Sexuality

The ELCA social message "Sexuality: Some Common Convictions" was adopted by the Church Council in 1996.

Sexuality

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Sexuality (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la sexualidad (1996).

Sexuality (Spanish)

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Suicide Prevention

The ELCA social message on suicide prevention was adopted by the Church Council in 1999.

Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre la prevención del suicidio.

Suicide Prevention (Spanish)

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Terrorism

The ELCA social message on terrorism was adopted by the Church Council in 2004.

Terrorism

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Terrorism (Spanish)

La traducción al español del mensaje social de la ELCA sobre el terrorismo.

Terrorism (Spanish)

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Arranged alphabetically are all ELCA social policy resolutions.  For more information hover over the icon or click on “download” link.

1992: Year of Remembrance, Repentance, and Renewal

1992: Year of Remembrance, Repentance, and Renewal

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Abortion Insurance SPR97

Abortion Insurance SPR97

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Abortion SPR99

Abortion SPR99

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Accessibility Sunday SPR01

Accessibility Sunday SPR01

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Advocate For and Protect Black Migrants SPR22

Advocate For and Protect Black Migrants SPR22

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Advocating D.C. Statehood and Listening to Calls For Self-Determination SPR22

Advocating D.C. Statehood and Listening to Calls For Self-Determination SPR22

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Advocating for Child Nutrition SPR16

Advocating for Child Nutrition SPR16

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Affirming Global HR Re Sexua Orientation SPR2016

Affirming Global HR Re Sexua Orientation SPR2016

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Aid to Cuba SPR95

Aid to Cuba SPR95

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Alleviating Suffering in Ethiopia SPR19

Alleviating Suffering in Ethiopia SPR19

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American Indian Alaskan SPR97

American Indian Alaskan SPR97

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AMMPARO Strategy SPR16

AMMPARO Strategy SPR16

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Anti-Racism SPR02

Anti-Racism SPR02

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Appeal Right Laos SPR03

Appeal Right Laos SPR03

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Asylum Seekers Refugees SPR01

Asylum Seekers Refugees SPR01

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Attention to Creation Care SPR16

Attention to Creation Care SPR16

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Ban Weapons SPR89

Ban Weapons SPR89

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Becoming Sanctuary Denomination SPR16

Becoming Sanctuary Denomination SPR16

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Birmingham Pledge SPR01

Birmingham Pledge SPR01

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Boycott South Carolina SPR99

Boycott South Carolina SPR99

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Braille Tape Ministry SPR01

Braille Tape Ministry SPR01

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Bullying, Harassment, and Related Violence SPR11

Bullying, Harassment, and Related Violence SPR11

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Caring for Creation SPR04

Caring for Creation SPR04

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Caring for Creation SPR05

Caring for Creation SPR05

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Church Jordan Palestine SPR01

Church Jordan Palestine SPR01

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Civil Matters SPR87

Civil Matters SPR87

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Clean Renewable Energy SPR16

Clean Renewable Energy SPR16

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Combating the Addiction Crisis SPR22

Combating the Addiction Crisis SPR22

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Commending 2018 ELCA Civic & Political Rights Screen SPR19

Commending 2018 ELCA Civic & Political Rights Screen SPR19

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation SPR01

Commercial Sexual Exploitation SPR01

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Community Violence SPR93

Community Violence SPR93

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform SPR09

Comprehensive Immigration Reform SPR09

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Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric SPR19

Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric SPR19

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Confronting Culture of Violence in U.S. SPR13

Confronting Culture of Violence in U.S. SPR13

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DC Congressional Voting SPR01

DC Congressional Voting SPR01

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Decade of Nonviolence SPR99

Decade of Nonviolence SPR99

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Declaring ELCA a Sanctuary Church Body and Call for Guidance SPR19

Declaring ELCA a Sanctuary Church Body and Call for Guidance SPR19

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Discernment on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy SPR16

Discernment on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy SPR16

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Divestment of Russian Investments SPR22

Divestment of Russian Investments SPR22

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Donating Organs and Blood SPR04

Donating Organs and Blood SPR04

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Donor Sabbath SPR16

Donor Sabbath SPR16

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Dream Act SPR11

Dream Act SPR11

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Economic Sanctions Iraq SPR01

Economic Sanctions Iraq SPR01

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Economic Poverty SPR16

Economic Poverty SPR16

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ELCA Malaria Campaign SPR11

ELCA Malaria Campaign SPR11

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Election Reform SPR95

Election Reform SPR95

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Eliminating Nuclear Weapons SPR22

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons SPR22

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Establishing June 17th as Emanuel 9 Commemoration and Day of Repentance SPR19

Establishing June 17th as Emanuel 9 Commemoration and Day of Repentance SPR19

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Ending World Hunger SPR05

Ending World Hunger SPR05

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Endorsement of the Earth Charter SPR19

Endorsement of the Earth Charter SPR19

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Energy Audits SPR95

Energy Audits SPR95

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Energy Stewardship SPR11

Energy Stewardship SPR11

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Engagement Israel Palestine SPR09

Engagement Israel Palestine SPR09

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Environmental Concerns SPR89

Environmental Concerns SPR89

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Extremist Groups SPR95

Extremist Groups SPR95

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Faith Science Ministry SPR03

Faith Science Ministry SPR03

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Family Farm SPR01

Family Farm SPR01

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Family Farms SPR95

Family Farms SPR95

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Farmers in Crisis SPR98

Farmers in Crisis SPR98

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Foot Mouth Disease SPR01

Foot Mouth Disease SPR01

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For Peace in Holy Land SPR16

For Peace in Holy Land SPR16

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Fossil Fuel Reduction (Spring 2013)

Fossil Fuel Reduction (Spring 2013)

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Gambella Ethiopia SPR04

Gambella Ethiopia SPR04

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Gambling SPR03

Gambling SPR03

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Gender Identity Discrimination (Spring 2013)

Gender Identity Discrimination (Spring 2013)

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Global Warming SPR01

Global Warming SPR01

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GMO's Food Supply SPR04

GMO's Food Supply SPR04

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Gun Violence Prevention SPR16

Gun Violence Prevention SPR16

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Haiti Solidarity Week SPR03

Haiti Solidarity Week SPR03

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Harassment Sexual Orientation SPR93

Harassment Sexual Orientation SPR93

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Health Care Reform SPR09

Health Care Reform SPR09

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Healthcare Policy SPR01

Healthcare Policy SPR01

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HIV and AIDS Education SPR05

HIV and AIDS Education SPR05

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Housing Homelessness SPR89

Housing Homelessness SPR89

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Human Sexuality SPR09

Human Sexuality SPR09

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Human Trafficking Prayer SPR16

Human Trafficking Prayer SPR16

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Hydraulic Fracturing SPR'13

Hydraulic Fracturing SPR'13

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Immigrant Refugees SPR91

Immigrant Refugees SPR91

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Immigrant Welcome SPR11

Immigrant Welcome SPR11

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Immigrants Refugees Asylum SPR03

Immigrants Refugees Asylum SPR03

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Immigration Detention SPR13

Immigration Detention SPR13

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Immigration Reform SPR09

Immigration Reform SPR09

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Immigration Reform SPR09 SPN

Immigration Reform Social Policy Resolution 2009 in Spanish.

Immigration Reform SPR09 SPN

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Immigration SPR99

Immigration SPR99

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Independent Sports Leagues SPR99

Independent Sports Leagues SPR99

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International Year for People of African Descent SPR11

International Year for People of African Descent SPR11

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Iraq SPR02

Iraq SPR02

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Israel and Palestine SPR05

Israel and Palestine SPR05

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Israel Occupied Territories SPR89

Israel Occupied Territories SPR89

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Israeli Palestinian Relations SPR01

Israeli Palestinian Relations SPR01

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Jubilee 2000 Campaign SPR99

Jubilee 2000 Campaign SPR99

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Justice for Holy Land Through Responsible Investment SPR16

Justice for Holy Land Through Responsible Investment SPR16

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Landmines SPR97

Landmines SPR97

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Late Term Abortions SPR01

Late Term Abortions SPR01

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Legal Gambling Sponsorship SPR07

Legal Gambling Sponsorship SPR07

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LGBT Military SPR93

LGBT Military SPR93

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Liberia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe SPR02

Liberia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe SPR02

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Liberia SPR04

Liberia SPR04

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Listening to All Voices in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict SPR19

Listening to All Voices in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict SPR19

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Lutheran Disaster Response SPR09

Lutheran Disaster Response SPR09

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Lutheran Malaria Initiative SPR09

Lutheran Malaria Initiative SPR09

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LWF Coffee SPR99

LWF Coffee SPR99

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LWF Visa Response SPR03

LWF Visa Response SPR03

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Medicare Health Care SPR04

Medicare Health Care SPR04

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Middle East Resolutions SPR00

Middle East Resolutions SPR00

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Military Action Vieques SPR03

Military Action Vieques SPR03

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Military Expenditures SPR99

Military Expenditures SPR99

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Mining SPR99

Mining SPR99

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Moratorium Death Penalty SPR02

Moratorium Death Penalty SPR02

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My Muslim Neighbor: Countering Islamophobia and Encouraging Dialogue SPR16

My Muslim Neighbor: Countering Islamophobia and Encouraging Dialogue SPR16

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National School Violence SPR06

National School Violence SPR06

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Native Heritage Month SPR12

Native Heritage Month SPR12

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Nonviolence SPR03

Nonviolence SPR03

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Older Adult Ministry SPR01

Older Adult Ministry SPR01

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Older Adult Ministry SPR99

Older Adult Ministry SPR99

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Opposing Inhumane Treatment of Refugees and Migrants SPR19

Opposing Inhumane Treatment of Refugees and Migrants SPR19

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Opposing Legislation Penalizing BDS SPR22

Opposing Legislation Penalizing BDS SPR22

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Opposition to War in Iraq SPR05

Opposition to War in Iraq SPR05

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Ordination of Gay and Lesbian People SPR01

Ordination of Gay and Lesbian People SPR01

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Palestine Support Church SPR02

Palestine Support Church SPR02

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Palestinian Wall Response SPR04

Palestinian Wall Response SPR04

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Pastoral Care Gay SPR03

Pastoral Care Gay SPR03

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Peace in the Holy Land SPR03

Peace in the Holy Land SPR03

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Peace SPR01

Peace SPR01

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Peacemaking with Justice in Israel and Palestine SPR13

Peacemaking with Justice in Israel and Palestine SPR13

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Persecution of Christians SPR99

Persecution of Christians SPR99

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Photovoltaics for Phebe SPR16

Photovoltaics for Phebe SPR16

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Political Speech Protection SPR02

Political Speech Protection SPR02

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Prison Reform SPR03

Prison Reform SPR03

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Promoting Positive Change for Palestine SPR11

Promoting Positive Change for Palestine SPR11

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Protecting the Civil Rights of Palestinian Children SPR19

Protecting the Civil Rights of Palestinian Children SPR19

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Racial Hate Crimes SPR01

Racial Hate Crimes SPR01

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Reaffirm ELCA Positions on Social Violence and Guns SPR22

Reaffirm ELCA Positions on Social Violence and Guns SPR22

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Reaffirm LGBTQIA+ Welcome and Pastoral Care SPR22

Reaffirm LGBTQIA+ Welcome and Pastoral Care SPR22

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Recommitments toward Compassionate Immigration Policies SPR19

Recommitments toward Compassionate Immigration Policies SPR19

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Reducing Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions SPR22

Reducing Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions SPR22

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Refugees Seekers Immigrants SPR05

Refugees Seekers Immigrants SPR05

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Refugees SPR02

Refugees SPR02

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Release and Restore Palestinian Humanitarian Aid SPR19

Release and Restore Palestinian Humanitarian Aid SPR19

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Religious Persecution SPR97

Religious Persecution SPR97

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Remembrance of Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocide SPR22

Remembrance of Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocide SPR22

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Renew Assault Weapons Ban and Fund Research SPR19

Renew Assault Weapons Ban and Fund Research SPR19

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Renewed Action Regarding Racism Toward Lutherans of African Descent SPR16

Renewed Action Regarding Racism Toward Lutherans of African Descent SPR16

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Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery SPR16

ELCA social policy resolution as adopted by Churchwide Assembly 2016

Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery SPR16

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Resolution on Jerusalem SPR96

Resolution on Jerusalem SPR96

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Roe V. Wade's Overturn and Pastoral Care SPR22

Roe V. Wade's Overturn and Pastoral Care SPR22

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Rural Economic Crisis SPR99

Rural Economic Crisis SPR99

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Safe Haven Children SPR99

Safe Haven Children SPR99

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School Voucher Proposals SPR01

School Voucher Proposals SPR01

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Separation Wall Palestine SPR05

Separation Wall Palestine SPR05

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Severe Droughts SPR99

Severe Droughts SPR99

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Sex Slaves SPR05

Sex Slaves SPR05

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Sexuality Church Recommendations SPR05

Sexuality Church Recommendations SPR05

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Sexuality Pastoral Recommendations SPR05

Sexuality Pastoral Recommendations SPR05

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Social Statements SPR87

Social Statements SPR87

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Suicide Prevention Research SPR16

Suicide Prevention Research SPR16

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Suicide Prevention SPR11

Suicide Prevention SPR11

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Support Haitian People SPR01

Support Haitian People SPR01

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Support Lutheran Palestine SPR03

Support Lutheran Palestine SPR03

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Support Persecuted Churches SPR03

Support Persecuted Churches SPR03

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Support Puerto Rico SPR01

Support Puerto Rico SPR01

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Support Urgent Call SPR03

Support Urgent Call SPR03

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Supporting ELCA Land Back Efforts and Indigenous Ministries SPR22

Supporting ELCA Land Back Efforts and Indigenous Ministries SPR22

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Supporting Military Personnel, Veterans, and Families SPR16

Supporting Military Personnel, Veterans, and Families SPR16

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Supporting the Vocations of Agriculture SPR11

Supporting the Vocations of Agriculture SPR11

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Temporary Assistance Families SPR01

Temporary Assistance Families SPR01

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Toward a Responsible Energy Future SPR16

Toward a Responsible Energy Future SPR16

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Uniting American Families Act (SPR13)

Uniting American Families Act (SPR13)

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US Navy Puerto Rico SPR99

US Navy Puerto Rico SPR99

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US War Material SPR99

US War Material SPR99

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Violence Against Women SPR95

Violence Against Women SPR95

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Voting Rights to All Citizens SPR13

Voting Rights to All Citizens SPR13

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Wall Palestinian Territories SPR04

Wall Palestinian Territories SPR04

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Welcoming Advocating Refugees SPR16

Welcoming Advocating Refugees SPR16

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Workers Rights SPR91

Workers Rights SPR91

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Workfare SPR99

Workfare SPR99

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Working Against Racism SPR03

Working Against Racism SPR03

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World Hunger Report SPR01

World Hunger Report SPR01

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Youth Violence SPR99

Youth Violence SPR99

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The study and interpretive resources below were created during the development of a social statement or message. As such these do not represent official ELCA teaching but most can be interesting study tools and can be downloaded. If a print version is available, there also is an “order” link.

Earth's Climate Crisis Study Guide


Earth's Climate Crisis Study Guide

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Peace Study Guide-Leaders


Peace Study Guide-Leaders

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Peace Study Guide-Participants


Peace Study Guide-Participants

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A Path Appears Discussion Guide


A Path Appears Discussion Guide

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Abortion Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on abortion.

Abortion Introduction

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Abortion Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on Abortion.

Abortion Study Guide

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Abortion Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on abortion.

Abortion Summary

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Church in Society Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement  Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective.

Church in Society Introduction

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Church in Society Summary

A summary of key points in Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective.

Church in Society Summary

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Criminal Justice Summary

A summary of the ELCA social statement on criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Summary

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Dealth Penalty Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Dealth Penalty Introduction

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Death Penalty Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Death Penalty Study Guide

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Death Penalty Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on the death penalty.

Death Penalty Summary

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Economic Life Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on economic life.


Economic Life Introduction

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Economic Life Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on economic life.

Economic Life Study Guide

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Education Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education.

Education Introduction

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Education Summary

A summary of key points in of the ELCA social statement Our Calling in Education.

Education Summary

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Environment Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Introduction

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Environment Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Study Guide

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Environment Summary

A summary of the ELCA social statement on caring for creation.

Environment Summary

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Gambling - A Study for Congregations


Gambling - A Study for Congregations

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Gender Violence - FAQs about the Social Message (Spanish)

Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre El Mensaje Social De La Violencia De Genero
(Frequently Asked Questions About The Social Message of gender violence)

Gender Violence - FAQs about the Social Message (Spanish)

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Genetics Christians

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Genetics Christians

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Genetics Faith Study

A study of the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Genetics Faith Study

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Genetics Summary

A summary of keys points in the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Genetics Summary

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Half the Sky Guide

Discuss the book and film Half the Sky with this exploratory guide.

Half the Sky Guide

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Health Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

Health Introduction

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Health Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

Health Study Guide

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Health Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on health and healthcare.

Health Summary

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Criminal Justice Study Guide

Use this study guide to explore criminal justice and the church.

Criminal Justice Study Guide

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Criminal Justice Interactive Study Guide

Use this five session study guide to lead exploration of criminal justice and the church.

Criminal Justice Interactive Study Guide

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Human Cloning

An additional resource to the ELCA social statement on human genetics.

Human Cloning

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 1

Journey Together Faithfully Part 1

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 2

Journey Together Faithfully Part 2

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 2 Background Essay

Background essay on biblical texts for Journey Together Faithfully Part 2.

Journey Together Faithfully Part 2 Background Essay

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Journey Together Faithfully Part 3

"Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality" was the 3rd study (2006) provided by the ELCA Task Force on  Sexuality Studies.

Journey Together Faithfully Part 3

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Living the Faith

“Living the Faith” is a  study that explores the character of Lutheran ethics and how Lutherans approach moral questions.

Living the Faith

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Lutheran Youth Sexuality

The youth version of "Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality" (2007) provided by the ELCA Task Force on Human Sexuality Studies.

Lutheran Youth Sexuality

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Miss Rep Guide

The ELCA Women and Justice Task Force study guide on the portrayal of women in media and politics.

Miss Rep Guide

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Peace Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement For Peace in God’s World.

Peace Introduction

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Policies and Procedures

This policy document sets forth how the ELCA addresses social concerns and outlines the protocol for developing social teaching and policy documents.

Policies and Procedures

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Race Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture.

Race Introduction

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Race Study Guide

A study guide to the ELCA social statement on race, ethnicity, and culture.


Race Study Guide

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Sexuality Introduction

An introduction to the ELCA social statement on human sexuality.

Sexuality Introduction

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Sexuality Summary

A summary of key points in the ELCA social statement on human sexuality.

Sexuality Summary

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Talking Together Cultural

An ELCA “field guide” designed to help congregations cultivate open dialogue about culturally-sensitive issues across cultural and ethinic differences.

Talking Together Cultural

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Talking Together Social

This ELCA resource offers a guide for congregations in addressing tough social issues.

Talking Together Social

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What Do Lutherans Say About Gender Justice - Discussion Guide

What Do Lutherans Say About Gender Justice - Discussion Guide

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Arranged alphabetically here are historical documents of the ELCA that no longer serve as official teaching. For more information hover over the icon or click on the “download” link.

Abortion SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Abortion SPR95

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Abortion SPR97

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Abortion SPR97

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African Development Foundation SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

African Development Foundation SPR95

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AIDS Crisis SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

AIDS Crisis SPR91

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Campaign Jubilee SPR97

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Campaign Jubilee SPR97

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Care of Creation SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Care of Creation SPR95

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Central America SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Central America SPR89

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Central American Refugees SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Central American Refugees SPR89

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Changing Europe

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Changing Europe

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China SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

China SPR89

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Conflict Middle East SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Conflict Middle East SPR91

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Conscription Conscience SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Conscription Conscience SPR91

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Domestic Hunger and Poverty SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Domestic Hunger and Poverty SPR91

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Domestic Violence SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Domestic Violence SPR89

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US Mil Aid to El Salvador SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

US Mil Aid to El Salvador SPR91

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Fair Labor Employment SPR97

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Fair Labor Employment SPR97

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Guatemala SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Guatemala SPR95

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Health Care SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Health Care SPR89

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Health Human Resources SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Health Human Resources SPR91

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Liberia SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Liberia SPR91

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Middle East SPR93

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Middle East SPR93

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Ministry Disabled Persons SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Ministry Disabled Persons SPR91

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Organ Donation SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Organ Donation SPR89

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Racism SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Racism SPR89

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Rural Congregations SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Rural Congregations SPR89

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Sexual Abuse Harassment SPR91

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Sexual Abuse Harassment SPR91

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Sexual Harassment SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Sexual Harassment SPR89

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Human Sexuality & Sexuality

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Human Sexuality & Sexuality

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POWs in Southeast Asia SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

POWs in Southeast Asia SPR89

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US Army School SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

US Army School SPR95

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Welcoming G&L People SPR95

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Welcoming G&L People SPR95

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Welfare SPR89

A historical document of the ELCA that no longer serves as official teaching.

Welfare SPR89

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Resources for building awareness of ELCA social teaching, available for free for distribution. 

One page insert about children

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality says about children.

One page insert about children

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One page insert about families

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality says about families.

One page insert about families

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One page insert about justice

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality says about justice.

One page insert about justice

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One page insert about marriage

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality says about marriage.

One page insert about marriage

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One page insert about women

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality says about women.

One page insert about women

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One page insert about sexuality social statement

A one page bulletin insert about what the statement Human Sexuality means to the ELCA community.

One page insert about sexuality social statement

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