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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
Hacia una reforma migratoria compasiva, justa y sabia
Esta resolución de política social fue adoptada por el Consejo Eclesial de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América en su reunión de noviembre de 2009.
Toward Compassionate, Just, and Wise Immigration Reform. This social policy resolution was adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at its November 2009 meeting.
Please note: this resource comes bundled in packs of 5.