racism

Although the ELCA and its predecessor bodies have always held racial justice as an important value and issue for members to be aware and committed to, events of the last few years have made us even more aware of the work we still have to do. Finally, seeing white supremacists in Nazi uniforms marching down […]

Social Teachings

Lutherans have never believed that following Jesus was purely a spiritual idea that has no real consequences in the world. We recognize that our faith is not just about what we do in church on Sunday, but how we live our lives during the week. However, we also recognize that sharing one faith does not […]

Medicaid

New research released by Lutheran Services in America shows most Americans from all sides of the political spectrum agree that cutting and restructuring Medicaid is a bad idea. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the proposed American Care Act would cut federal Medicaid spending by $880 billion over 10 years. By 2026, 14 million […]

immigration

On May 12, 2008, more than 1000 ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in full SWAT gear, helicopters and SUVs swooped into the town of Postville.  It was the largest single raid of a workplace in history to that date.   It devastated the town and showed us that immigration is not just an issue for […]

Refugees

  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth’s Eaton’s recent statement addressing President’ Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from some countries is in line with our church’s tradition of advocating for the welcome and kind treatment of immigrants and refugees.  Since 1939 the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees from around the […]

justicestudy

One thing that can be said about this election’s political climate is that it has sparked a nationwide conversation on sexism, sexual harassment, and abuse.  The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, which is writing a statement to be presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, has many resources for congregations who wish to address […]

ELCA Election Resources

The ELCA is blessed with numerous carefully prepared, theologically faithful, and thoughtfully written social statements and messages, providing remarkable resources to guide us as we engage as citizens in the public square. 2016 Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide Social Teaching Documents ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist […]