The ELCA is developing a social statement on civic life and faith, the relationship of church and state, and related matters, as called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Social statements are the ELCA’s primary documents to address significant social issues. They are intended to aid reflection, shape conscience and set forth the ELCA’s teaching and policy on the major social issues and questions of contemporary life. Social statements are developed by task forces, using an established process of study and widespread participation across the church to guide theological and moral deliberation.
At this time the task force encourages you to study and give feedback on a draft version of the social statement. You can participate by filling out a survey, found here. The feedback period will be open until Sept. 30, 2024. To download a copy of the draft social statement, click here.