Fall is now here, and so we mark the return of many of the ministry opportunities available in and through CtK during the school year. In addition to Sunday faith formation offerings like BAM! (Bible and Me!), Youth Breakfast Club, and Sunday Adult Learning Time (SALT) this week we will also re-introduce Wednesday night faith formation programming for all ages. This includes Family Time for elementary aged folks and their families, Confirmation for 6th-8th graders, and Wednesday Night Forums, in which we will be discussing the ELCA Social Statements for a season.
I’d like to focus a bit more one this last item.
ELCA Social Statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist members of the ELCA in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. They are meant to help both communities and individuals with moral formation, discernment and thoughtful engagement with current social issues as we participate in God’s work in the world. Social statements also set policy for the ELCA and guide its advocacy and work as a publicly engaged church. They result from an extensive process of participation and deliberation and are adopted by a two-thirds vote of an ELCA churchwide assembly. (for more, check out this link to the ELCA webpage.)
Here at CtK, we’ll be taking a closer look at four of the thirteen current Social Statements of the ECLA during this fall season.
Sept 25 What are Social Statements? How do they come about?
Why does the ELCA have them? How are they used?
Oct 2/9 Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective (1991)
Oct 16/23 Health and Health Care: Our Shared Endeavor (2003)
Oct 30/Nov 6 Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust (2009)
Nov 13/20 Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action (2019)
Come for dinner, served from 5 to 6:30, and then come ready to learn and discuss together how your church engages in the issues, gifts, and challenges of the culture and society all around us. I’m looking forward to lively discussions about these important topics!