What are ELCA Social Statements?
ELCA social statements are teaching documents that assist members in forming judgments on social issues. They are meant to aid in communal and individual moral deliberation and moral formation. Social statements also set policy for this church and guide its advocacy and work as a public church. They result from an extensive process of deliberation and are adopted by a two-thirds vote of a churchwide assembly.
Social statements state the understanding of this church and govern its policy. They provide the framework for social teaching and ELCA members are encouraged to use them for guidance and discernment, but they do not bind the conscience of church members.