The ELCA's message on the organized form of this sinful behavior. It is especially demonic when it exploits children and youth. Commercial sexual exploitation is widespread throughout the United States and around the world, and it continues to grow. To a large extent, this exploitation remains hidden from public attention and ignored by church and society.
Healthy relationships of trust and respect between laity and clergy are essential for carrying out the mission of the church.
This resource is provided to members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the hope it can assist us in creating and maintaining strong, creative and healthy relationships of integrity and safety, for the sake of our common ministry to the gospel of Christ Jesus and to the people of God.
An ecumenical Christian study guide on global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. Prepared by The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Washington Office.
A powerful resource for congregations who want to reach out to and embrace people of all races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This resource provides biblical illustrations of how racism separates us form what God calls us to be; challenges and stimulates with questions, vignettes and discussion topics; encourages change as members challenge the obstacles racism presents. Recognizing racism is the first step to abolishing it. "Even the Stones Will Cry Out for Justice" contains everthing leaders need to conduct a three- or five-session Bible study or a one-day retreat.
Criminal Justice Ministry: a Congregational Handbook for Jail and Prison Ministry is an 80-page notebook (3 hole punched) with a primary section devoted to preparing the congregation for criminal justice ministry. Also included are a biblical reflection; 2 sessions of volunteer training; Web, print and video resources; and a dozen essays on criminal justice topics. The resource is a joint project of ELCA and LCMS.
Troubling the Waters for Healing of the Church is a resource that is developed specifically for White congregational members and others to help them understand the role that White privilege and internalized White superiority has had in shaping their own attitudes, belief systems, cultures and those of the church and society at large. This resource has been designed by White people for White people to equip them with tools that will aid them in addressing and breaking the cycle of socialization that perpetuates racism and sustains an exclusive church. The resource will help White congregational members or groups to embark on a journey of learning from one another as well as from people of color who may enter the river of conversations with them as time goes on. The resource is broken down into 18 sessions starting with the Advent season and ending with Pentecost.
The resource material should be presented by two facilitators, but can be done by one facilitator. Participants are not expected to have a copy of the resource, however, it is expected that each facilitator have a copy. The resource is separated into two sections:
1. Facilitator instruction and guide
2. Participant handout section which may be photocopied
This resource will provide you with an analysis of the construct that maintains both wealth and poverty in America. It contains information, Bible studies, bibliographies, and some network referrals for doing work among people living with poverty.
A planning guide for social ministry in congregations. This resource is a workbook for congregational-based social ministry. (It is a revision and new edition of a previous publication by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, titled "To Serve as Jesus Served.")
"La Iglesia y la justicia penal:
escuchemos los lamentos" is the Spanish translation of the ELCA social statement "The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries," adopted by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Packages of 5, shrinkwrapped.
Major shifts in weather patterns will profoundly affect the global food supply and food security of billions of people. This resource will help you learn more about the agricultural impacts of a changing climate and what you can do to help.
This manual provides funding assistance for congregationally based social ministry programs. It offers an overview of ministry funding techniques that take advantage of the resources of the congregation and the community.