ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents.
Social statements provide broad frameworks to help us think about and discuss social issues in the context of faith and life. They help communities and individuals with moral formation, discernment and thoughtful engagement with current social issues as we participate in God’s work in the world.
Social statements set policy for the ELCA. They guide our advocacy and work as a publicly engaged church.
Social statements develop through an extensive process of participation and deliberation involving the entire church body. Adoption requires a two-thirds vote of an ELCA churchwide assembly.
Find out more about how these statements are developed from an article in Living Lutheran. See: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/06/church-society-exploring-elca-social-statements/
The Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA shared this interesting article concerning the social statements of the ELCA. See: http://blog.neiasynod.org/2017/07/3417/
See the ELCA website for details about adopted social statements and others under development. See https://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements
Women and Justice
In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice.
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012.
On November 15, 2017 the task force released the Draft of the Social Statement.
Comments for this Draft can be submitted until September 30, 2018.
Get the details about this new social statement here: https://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Women-and-Justice