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ELCA Draft Social Statement Bay Hearing

May 14, 2018

Several conferences are holding hearings on the Draft Social Statement. Encourage members in your congregation to read the statement and send representatives to a hearing in your area. Attendees should bring their copy of the statement and be prepared to articulate comments and suggestions about the wording of the document.

The task force published the study “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement” in 2016 to invite deliberation and response throughout the ELCA. Responses to that study have been tabulated and reported to the task force. Drawing from this learning and the feedback to the study, the task force has written the draft, and it represents its best thinking to date about these issues. This draft has unanimous support from the task force for discussion by our church although all task force members may not agree with all aspects of the content.

Hearings are not designed for interactive discussion, but they offer participants about an hour-and-a-half to share their comments on the text as it now stands. A task force representative is present at each hearing to listen to all comments; a synod recorder takes notes. The task force will receive reports from these hearings as part of the process for revising the draft for 2019.

For more information or a copy of the statement visit

Monday, May 14, 6:30-8:00pm
Ascension Lutheran Church
8695 Gratiot Rd
Saginaw, MI 48609


May 14, 2018