Voting members approved a recommendation to develop a social statement on justice for women to be received by the 2015 Churchwide Assembly.
|M. Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for administration, confers with Presiding Bishop Mark. S. Hanson.|
The church has an opportunity to see social statements as evangelism, said Susan Candea, Rocky Mountain Synod
. “The [justice for women statement] offers an opportunity to be evangelists.”
Ann M. Tiemeyer, Metropolitan New York Synod
, said: “We need a clear, theologically articulated document saying why we need justice for women.” Such a social statement would be “a gift to us, to the ecumenical movement and to the world as a whole,” she added.
In other action, voting members defeated a substitute motion to consider developing a social statement on human disability for 2017, asking that the ELCA Church in Society
unit produce a message instead. A message is generally developed within 12 to 18 months at a cost of $20,000, said Rebecca Larson, unit executive director, while social statements take five years and cost $30,000 per year.
The 2011 assembly
will consider a social statement on genetics and the 2013 assembly one on criminal justice.