Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement

The Proposed Social Statement on Women and Justice

Proposed Social Statement
Click here to read the Proposed Social Statement on women and justice titled Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. It also includes a set of implementing resolutions on the final pages. Click here to read the accompanying cover letter from the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ. Please note: this document and the proposed resolutions do not represent ELCA teaching or policy at this time. They must be reviewed and recommended by the Church Council and then will be considered for adoption at the Churchwide Assembly in August 2019. The wording here is subject to change, therefore, until final adoption.

Social Statement Feedback
The public report about responses to the 2018 Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice can be found here. This report reflects the data from the draft comment period that preceded work on the proposed statement. Please note: the first section of the report pdf is the Executive Summary, but the supporting research data is found in the remainder of the document. If you sent in a response to the draft in any format, thank you! Your participation is greatly appreciated, and please know that all feedback was read by members of the task force.

What comes next in the development process?
The proposed statement will be reviewed by the Church Council as the next step toward final consideration at the August 2019 Churchwide Assembly.

About the Task Force
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 was seated in 2012 to lead the study and writing. It now has concluded its work with submission of the proposed statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action. For a timeline of the task force’s work, click here.

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.