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July 30, 2018, 12:27 PM

Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice


Adult Education Opportunity for August

In between services for the month of August, Pr. Nathan will be leading a discussion of the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice.  Grab a cup of coffee, and join us in Grace Hall at 9:45 for some conversation. 

Background:
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 has been at work since 2012 and in November 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice. The comment period on the Draft is open until September 30, 2018, so you are welcome to join the class for the discussion, and at the conclusion of the month, we can submit our comments online.

Content:
While the document itself is long (even by Social Statement standards), the first 10 pages offer a basic statement including: core convictions, the ways in which patriarchy and sexism have affected the church, and some ways in which the church can respond in both society and the church itself.  The following pages (pgs. 11-56) offer a fuller explanation of the basic statement.

Class:
In class, we will work through portions of the basic statement and  turn (as needed) to the fuller explanation for points of discussion in class.   In that regard, it would be helpful to have read at least the basic statement in advance of the class.  However, even if you do not have a chance to do so, there will be some time to review the statement in each class.

How can I get a copy?
There are a few copies on the Welcome Center in the Narthex.  The statement is also available online at: www.elca.org.  Go to the “Faith” tab and click on “Social Statemets” then on the right of the page, the image (above) will lead you to the page.  You can go there directly at: http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Women-and-Justice/Draft

 


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