ELCA Advocacy

End world hunger and uphold just policies

The Why

Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made! Could this recognition of God’s image in yourself and in others be pointing you to the policies and practices that govern our communities and the experiences of ourselves and our neighbors?

Advocacy seeks to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Through baptism, we are called into the world to serve our neighbor and steward God’s good creation. In the ELCA, shaped by our social teaching documents and the experiences of our congregations, ministries and partners, we advocate to end world hunger and stand up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, preserve God’s creation, and promote racial and gender justice. As vocation or as part of your personal discipleship, your faith-informed advocacy can make a difference.

How it Works

You will find Lutheran advocates meeting with policy makers, taking joint action with values-sharing issue partners, writing letters and emails, making public comments, talking with neighbors, asking questions in town hall meetings — listening, learning, educating and visibly and skillfully asserting policy considerations guided by faith foundations.

Advocacy seeks to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Through baptism, we are called into the world to serve our neighbor and steward God’s good creation. In the ELCA, shaped by our social teaching documents and the experiences of our congregations, ministries and partners, we advocate to end world hunger and stand up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, preserve God’s creation, and promote racial and gender justice. As vocation or as part of your personal discipleship, your faith-informed advocacy can make a difference.

“ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs, and projects around the world and in communities across the United States.  Our faith calls us to learn more and speak out on issues affecting our vulnerable neighbors and the forces threatening creation.”



“ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist us in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. They are meant to help 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.”

https://www.elca.org/socialstatements

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