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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

  ELCA statement on U.S. response to refugee resettlement LIRS Response to ISIS attacks and Syrian refugee resettlement Lutheran World Relief:  What We’re Doing to Help Syrian Refugees Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis Lutherans and Refugees  ELCA World Hunger Blog ELCA Advocacy Action Alert Support and Protect Syrian Refugees Companion Synod in Hungary Helping Migrants […]

In 2009 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to develop a social statement dealing with women and justice. As a part of the process of developing this statement, a series of listening events are being held throughout the church so that the task force can get input from as many church members as possible about what […]