PreConference Pastor & Congregational Continuing Education Event:
“Sexuality and the Church: 2009-2019”
Focus of this time will be to review the content of ELCA Social Statements on Abortion (1991), Human Sexuality (2009) and Gender Justice (2019) and to discuss their implementation/impact and current issues congregations are facing in terms of gender and justice in their congregations. It is meant to have both presentations of the content and then provide questions and conversations and resources that allow our ELCA constituents to ask the questions and discuss the issues that are most pressing to their churches right now. We may also have representatives from Extraordinary Ministries and Reconciling Works present as ELCA-focused ministries. We welcome members of other denominations to join for this session – to see what has been happening in the ELCA and to discuss their own churches work on these same issues.
Lutheran Studies Conference Schedule
``Naked and Unashamed (Gen 2:25): Sex, Shame and Faith``
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. with Evening Lecture at 7 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public / Locations of events noted on schedule below
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Noon – 1 p.m. | Registration in the Anderson University Center Upper Lobby
All events below take place in the Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center
1 - 1:15 p.m. | Welcome & Opening remarks: Sex, Shame and Faith
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. | “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: The 2019 ELCA Social Statement”
“Understanding and Implementing the new ELCA Social Statement “Faith, Sexism, and Justice”
Mary Elise Lowe and Mary J. Streufert both served on the task force and the writing team for the statement. In this session, they will briefly describe how ELCA social statements are made, why they matter, and how they are authoritative. Then they will introduce three themes in the statement: sexism as sin, intersectionality as an approach to the problem of sexism, and the ELCA’s ongoing effort to view sex and gender in non-binary ways. This presentation will also highlight how the social statement takes a distinctly Lutheran approach to the problem of sexism.