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ELCA developing genetics statement

Work on a social statement on genetics was authorized at the 2005 Churchwide Assembly to address “significant theological, ethical, public, and pastoral challenges arising from developments in genetics.” A consultation was held in January 2007 to give guidance for developing the statement. The task force began work in June.

The task force will consider questions of both human genetics and of plants and animals, perhaps including genetically modified organisms for agriculture or genetically engineered medicines.

Since last summer, task force members have held informal listening posts. In November 2008 a study will be available for congregational use. In 2010 the first draft of the social statement will be distributed, with public hearings in many synods.

A second draft will likely be presented to the ELCA Church Council in spring 2011. If the council approves, a statement will be considered for adoption by the 2011 Churchwide Assembly.


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