Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement

The Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice is ready!

When the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice began it’s work in 2012, they were charged to foster church dialogue around issues of sexism. They had no idea those issues would be dominating the headlines when they scheduled the publication of the “Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice” for 2018! You are invited to join this timely conversation about the draft because the voices of everyone from across our church are needed.

Overview of the new ELCA Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice


How the Draft Social Statement Began

For the past four years, the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been holding meetings around the country to gather information on what the Social Statement on Women and Justice should look like. These conversations and the work of the Task Force produced a new Study Guide: Faith, Sexism, Justice: conversations Toward a Social Statement for use by ELCA churches to think about and discuss the many issues that affect women. Seven modules address the issues of sexism, violence, workplace discrimination, the role of the church, etc.

Pastor Connie Winter-Eulberg, an expert on domestic violence and sexual assault and pastor of  St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Mateo and Mary Wiberg, a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento and former Executive Director of the State of California’s Commission on the Status of Women, are serving as “Process Builders” for our synod to help congregations make use of the new Study Guide. The Study Guide, including abbreviated Workshop Leader Guides to each of the one-hour modules and handouts based on the study that can be easily duplicated for use in workshop sessions are found below. Workshop leaders can also combine elements from different modules that respond to the audiences that may participate – be creative with this study!

Pastor Connie and Mary welcome your questions about the Study Guide and can be reached by email: Pastor Connie and Mary.

A copy of the Study Guide was sent to each congregation, and additional copies can be ordered online at or call 800-638-3522. Cost is $4.00 per copy plus shipping. In addition, the study guide can be downloaded from the Women and Justice link on the ELCA website.