One in Christ: Anticipated TimelineFor help with the meaning of key terms, go to the last page of this document; this schedule remains subject to change as needed, but anticipated dates are in bold
|Sept. 28-30||-- Task force meeting #1|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1||-- Task force meeting #2|
|Listening events begin|
|May 1-2||-- Task force meeting #3|
|Summer & Fall||-- First Brief Studies published|
|August||-- Churchwide Assembly: Report & Listening Event|
|Nov. 1-2||-- Task force meeting #4|
|Listening events; study materials published throughout the year|
||-- Task force meeting #5|
||-- Task force meeting #6
Last year of listening events; study materials published throughout the year
||-- Task force meeting #7
|Oct. 24-25||-- Task force meeting #8: Begin work on creating a full study
|April 15-17||-- Task force meeting #9: Finalizes full study|
|June||-- Full study published; Response period begins throughout ELCA|
|August 15-20||-- Progress report to Churchwide Assembly|
|Fall||-- Study response period continues|
|November||-- Task force meets by phone|
|Feb. 3-4||-- Task force meeting #10|
|June 15||-- Study response period ends|
|Sept. 15-17||-- Task force meeting #11: Finalizes draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice|
|Oct. 12||-- Draft of a Social Statement published and mailed to each congregation|
|Fall||-- Comment and synodical hearings period begins on Draft continue through Oct. 30|
|Comment and synodical hearings on Draft continue through Oct. 30|
|May/June||-- Task force meets by phone|
|Oct. 12-13||-- Task force meeting #12|
|Jan. 25-27||-- Final task force meeting: Finalizes proposed Social Statement|
|February||-- Proposed Social Statement published online|
|April||-- ELCA Church Council recommends text to Churchwide Assembly|
|August||-- Churchwide Assembly considers statement for adoption|
|December||-- Social Statement published in paper format|
|Winter||-- Spanish translation published|
|Fall||-- Study guide to statement published|
ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. Social statements also set policy for the ELCA and guide its advocacy and work as a publically engaged church.
Social messages of the ELCA are topical documents adopted by the ELCA Church Council to focus attention and action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to the church and society. Generally, they build upon previously adopted teaching and policy positions, especially from social statements.
During the development process of a social statement, various study documents are created to help members of the ELCA study and think about issues under discussion. Most of these are brief, one-to-three session guides focusing on a specific topic. For example, one task force study explores how women are portrayed in the media. The task force also anticipates creating a full study, a longer and more comprehensive resource that will contain sustained themes while looking at key topics.
A Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice will be exactly that, a draft of a social statement designed for feedback from church members. It has no official standing but allows the task force to provide a working document for feedback from throughout the church.
Listening events are occasions led by task force members or Process Builders designed to hear from members of the ELCA regarding their insights and concerns around the issues of women and justice in church and society. It provides early feedback for the task force about hopes, fears and expectations for the social statement that the task force will develop. These events tend to be local or online in nature.