Thoughtful, active participation in society is vital to the mission of the ELCA as we join in God's work in the world. The ELCA teaches that we, as individual members and as an organized faith community, are liberated by God’s love to share that love by serving and seeking justice for the neighbor—questions, ambiguities, complexities and all. Various kinds of written materials aid this mission.
The social writing projects described here may include, at different times, ELCA social statements, social messages, social policy resolutions, studies, moral deliberation tools, or study guides. These resources are prepared according to standard ELCA protocol and provide written documents for teaching, discernment and action as our church participates in what God is up to in human society and the whole creation.
Currently, there are two projects in process. Since 2012 the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has led the process to develop a social statement; the proposed statement will be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. To learn more about the current status, click here.
The second project is the development of a new study guide for the social statement For Peace in God's World. This updated study guide will be digitally based as well as available in paper format. The update will provide a fresh engagement with the statement while enabling conversations about contemporary questions such as the growing militarization in the U.S. and abroad. The target date for completion is late Fall of 2019. For questions regarding progress toward the study guide, please click here.
For more general information, visit "How the ELCA Addresses Social Concerns.”
For detailed information about ELCA social teaching and policy, including the protocol for document development, visit Policies and Procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for Addressing Social Concerns.”