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 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017, it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice. The comment period on the Draft is open until September 30, 2018.
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ invites you to read and evaluate the “Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice.” To learn more about social statements and how they’re created, check out the FAQ page. Receiving input from all spheres of the church is essential to create a strong social statement.
You can respond to the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice via the response form in the back of the printed copy of the draft, also located online at bit.ly/womenandjusticedraft. General email comments can be sent here. You can also attend a hearing to respond verbally to a representative of the task force.
Hearings provide an opportunity for participants to share with the task force their concerns, appreciations, and suggestions about a draft social statement. They also provide a place for participants to hear what others are thinking. However, hearings are not a time for discussion or debate. They are a time to offer feedback concerning specific parts of the text. Hearings are sponsored by synods or take place in other ministry settings with support from the Office of the Presiding Bishop.
Hearings are a critical and important step in the social statement process because they provide comprehensive feedback from across our church during the formative stage of statement development. If you would like to coordinate a hearing at your congregation, please contact Judy Casteele at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Rev. Jim Utt at email@example.com.
Click here for resources for coordinating and publicizing your hearing.