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.


Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm

St Peter Lutheran Church

1079 Riverside Dr

Battle Creek MI  49015



Sunday, April 22, 2:00pm

Advent Lutheran Church

8481 Lake Ann Rd

Lake Ann MI  49650



Tuesday, May 8, 6:30pm

St Paul Lutheran Church

3383 E Lake Lansing Rd

East Lansing MI  48823



Monday, May 14, 6:30pm

Ascension Lutheran Church

8695 Gratiot Rd

Saginaw MI  48609


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 and to download a copy of the statement, visit: