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.

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.

For additional information, please visit the ELCA’s Faith, Sexism & Justice webpage or contact Deacon Marsha Roscoe, Director for Mission Interpretation, at the synod office (email and phone: 717-652-1852, ext 103).