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STEPS TO ADOPTION OF AN ELCA SOCIAL STATEMENT


REQUEST RECEIVED: Church Council • Receives a request to consider a social document. To date, all requests have come from synod assemblies to a churchwide assembly and then through the Church Council.


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SELECT: Church Council • Reviews request. • Authorizes development of a statement. • Appoints a task force.


LISTEN & STUDY: Task force • Conducts listening events with ELCA members.


• Learns from dozens of specialists.


• Creates brief resources and one major study for ELCA members.


DRAFT: Task force • Draws on what it has heard and learned to prepare a draft social statement.


• Provides the draft to ELCA members, who share responses to it through synodical hearings and direct feedback.


• Considers responses from synods and members to finalize the proposed social statement.


PROPOSE: Task force • Concludes work by offering a proposed social statement.


Conference of Bishops and synod assemblies • Review and affirm or ask for changes.


Church Council • Can amend and submits recommended proposed social statement to a churchwide assembly.


ADOPT: Churchwide assembly • Considers, amends and votes on statement (two-thirds endorsement required for passage).


USE: ELCA • Uses statement as a basic tool for discernment, advocacy and action (other denominations sometimes rely on them too).


22 JUNE 2017


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