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 and study guides. These resources are prepared according to ELCA protocol and serve as 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 related to government: a social message and a social statement. The social message on government and civic engagement elaborates, within existing ELCA teaching, the specific topics of a Lutheran view of government and civic engagement. The ELCA hopes to finalize it during summer 2020. A broader and deeper social statement will build on current social teaching. The social statement process will go through multiple stages of public input, which will culminate in its consideration by the 2025 Churchwide Assembly.
This page contains more information on the social message.
This page contains more information on the social statement.
An additional project is the development of an updated study guide for the 1995 social statement For Peace in God's World. This study guide will be digitally based but also available in print, providing a fresh engagement with the statement while enabling conversation about such contemporary questions as growing militarization in the U.S. and abroad. The target date for completion is late fall 2020. For questions regarding the study guide’s progress, please click here.
The new social statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice is online and in print. A study guide should be released by the end of 2020.
Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy
Learn about the upcoming social message on government.
The ELCA is developing a social statement on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, as called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.Learn More