Social Message on Gun-Related Violence and Trauma

The ELCA is currently working on a creating a social message about gun-related violence and trauma. Social messages are ELCA teaching documents that draw from existing social teaching but throw a fuller and sharper spotlight on a particular social issue. The draft’s themes focus on trauma, public health, and an ethic of shared responsibility for peacemaking, seeking to move beyond the strict polarization of gun rights vs. gun control.

The comment period has now closed for the draft version of this social message. Though the survey is closed, you can email your comments here until February 15, 2024.

The draft will be revised in light of the public feedback and then considered for adoption by the ELCA Church Council in late March of 2024.