Faith, Sexism & Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action Social Statement Adopted by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
The adopted social statement contains two versions. The short statement is forty articles and expresses the comprehensive list of convictions and commitments. The full statement includes those same forty articles with explanations of each one, as well as a preface and conclusion, to more thoroughly explore the deeper meaning of the text. These two formats serve different needs, yet both were crafted in the hope that the Holy Spirit will move readers into fruitful understanding, commitment, and action.
- Download Adopted Social Statement here.
- Click here to read the User’s Guide for Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action. This text was meant to help readers understand the recommended proposed social statement. It includes an expanded glossary, bibliography, and index.
Lower Susquehanna Synod Resources
A Lower Susquehanna Synod resource team has written an introductory seminar on Sexism Towards Women entitled, “Giving Life and Value to All.” This hands-on seminar is intended for anyone – congregational members, congregational leadership teams, anyone willing to explore sexism as it is expressed in the discrimination, inequity and/or exclusion of women and examine the most obvious and blatant expressions of sexism toward women. Additionally, the seminar provides practical tips on how to treat women more equitably.
For more information, please contact Rev. Brenda M. Ritterpusch at (717) 755-1631 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.