"Seeking Understanding" invites you into conversation around how the Bible can be faithfully utilized in a discussion of women and justice today. This three-session resource relies on the four-fold method for interpretation of Scripture used by the Book of Faith Initiative. It encourages participants to engage with both liberating and problematic texts. The leader’s guides, participant handouts, and supplemental resources can be downloaded from the links below.
This study can be used with a variety of groups, especially Bible study groups and adult forums. In each session, this resource provides a Scripture reading and prayers, useful tools and insights for interpretation, as well as discussion guides.
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has developed this resource in order to invite others to join them in discussion and thought about these topics. Feedback can be shared through the task force's email address.
single-document version to easily download the leader’s guides and handouts for all three study sessions.
ELCA staff and the Women and Justice: One in Christ Task Force have created this discussion guide that provides questions for each of the three episodes. It can be used with your small group (including youth group, women’s group or men’s group), Bible study or listening event. The questions will help facilitators engage groups with the topics presented in the documentary and will help viewers think about the issues that the task force is addressing. Feedback can be shared through the task force’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trigger warning: This documentary and the discussion guide contain information and references to sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to survivors.
The movie (and book) are available at some libraries. The DVD can be purchased online from Amazon or rented through Netflix. It is also available for streaming through AmazonPrime or iTunes.
Human trafficking, the second largest and fastest growing illegal trade in the world, is modern-day slavery wherein people are in bondage through fraud, force or coercion. According to the U.S. Department of State and the Free the Slaves organization, between 12.3 and 27 million people are trafficked worldwide at any time. That’s approximately the total population (27 million) of Texas and Louisiana. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes estimates the total revenue of human trafficking to be $32 billion. That’s roughly the gross domestic product of Guatemala. Human trafficking is currently the second most profitable illegal trade, just behind drug trafficking. Within this vast trade in human lives, women and girls account for 70 to 80 percent of all humans trafficked worldwide. Therefore, the ELCA not only attends to ending human trafficking and caring for survivors, it also addresses root causes of trafficking, such as poverty, hunger and sexism.
The curriculum series developed by ELCA staff members provides six one-hour sessions that educate beginners on the facts of human trafficking and how we as Lutherans can respond to the call to affect change in the systems that allow human trafficking to continue.
the sessions here under the Human Trafficking tab.