No matter which way we vote, we have much work
ahead of us," said Louise Shoemaker, a Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
voting member, during debate on Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for
All, the ELCA's new social statement on economic life.
That work will begin now, after the assembly approved the statement 872-124. Among other things, the statement calls on ELCA members to:
* "Pray, work and advocate that all might have a sufficient, sustainable livelihood, and draw upon this statement in forming their judgments and actions in their ministries in daily life.
* "Encourage the education, service and outreach ministries of this church in their work for economic justice."
* Direct the Division for Church in Society to assist "with community economic development and in public policy advocacy."
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