Recommended Proposed Social Statement
Click here to read the Recommended Proposed Social Statement on women and justice, Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. The implementing resolutions are included on the final pages but are voted upon separately at the churchwide assembly.
In response to diverse needs expressed by ELCA members, the text comes in a dual format of a "short statement" and a "full statement." The full version expands upon the central articles of the short one.
Click here to read the accompanying cover letter from the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ. Please note that this document and the proposed resolutions do not represent ELCA teaching or policy at this time. They must be considered for adoption at the churchwide assembly in August. The wording here is subject to change, therefore, until final adoption. Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action.
How was this proposed social statement developed?
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ began its work of listening, study, and resource development in 2012. Following its publication of a draft in November of 2017, it reviewed feedback to the "Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice" at its October 2018 meeting. (See below for the report on the feedback.) The task force then signed off on a proposed social statement at its final meeting in January of 2019: "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action."
Following ELCA social statement protocol, the ELCA Conference of Bishops and the ELCA Church Council reviewed the proposed text in early 2019 with the opportunity to make suggestions that clarify and strengthen the proposed document. The Conference of Bishops affirmed the work of the task force in early March. The ELCA Church Council unanimously recommended the Proposed Social Statement to the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly for consideration.
At the churchwide assembly, there will be two hearings August 6 on this Recommended Proposed Social Statement. Plenary discussion is scheduled for Friday, August 9 with a vote possible that day. The results of that action will be posted here during the week after the assembly.
Feedback to the Draft Social Statement
The public report about responses to the 2017-2018 "Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice" can be found here. This report reflects the data from the draft comment period that preceded work on the proposed statement. Please note that the first section of the report pdf is the Executive Summary, but the supporting research data is found in the remainder of the document.
If you sent in a response to the draft in any format, thank you! Your participation is greatly appreciated, and please know that all feedback was read by members of the task force.
About the Task Force
The 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ was seated in 2012 to lead the study and writing. It now has concluded its work with submission of the proposed statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. For a timeline of the task force's work, click here.