Let the oppressed go free

Voting members of the Women and Justice Social Statement Task Force at the Lutheran Center during their final meeting January 25 – 27, 2019.

Let the oppressed go free

by Sr. Clare Josef-Maier

For those of you following the work of the ELCA Women & Justice Social Statement Task Force, we descended on Chicago for our final meeting on January 25-27.

In addition to making final revisions and recommendations on the proposed social statement draft, the task force said their goodbyes after over six years of faithful work.

At our closing Sunday morning worship, I preached the gospel that Christ comes to fulfill the long-awaited promise “to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.”

Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action will be brought to Church Council and the Conference of Bishops in late February, and made public (hopefully with a recommendation) in mid-April.

The proposed social statement will be voted on at Churchwide Assembly in August, requiring 2/3 approval to pass.