Author Archives: ELCA FactChecker

ELCA congregation engages feminism, other faiths

Concern: Is the ELCA endorsing a religious group that worships Isis (an ancient Egyptian goddess)? Response: No. For the past five years Ebenezer Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in San Francisco, California, has sponsored an annual “Faith and Feminism” conference. … Continue reading

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The ELCA teaches that ‘the promise of the gospel is universal’

Members periodically raise concerns about ELCA ministries or policies. ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Does the ELCA teach universalism? Response: No. Universalism is a general religious or philosophical belief that everyone is saved without regard … Continue reading

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Scriptures are the authoritative source and norm in the ELCA

Members periodically raise concerns about ELCA ministries or policies. ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Are the Scriptures the authoritative source and norm of faith and life in the ELCA?  Response: Yes. The ELCA’s official Confession … Continue reading

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The ELCA uses Trinitarian language to name and address God

Members periodically raise concerns about ELCA ministries or policies. ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses.  Concern: Does the ELCA use Trinitarian language to name and address God? Response: Yes. When people are baptized in the ELCA, the … Continue reading

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ELCA Presiding Bishop tells Orion Samuelson ‘Farming is God-given call’

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Proposed Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern:  Does the ELCA’s proposed social statement, Genetics, Faith and Responsibility tell farmers how to manage their … Continue reading

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Congregation did not leave because of genetics draft only

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Did an ELCA congregation leave the church because of the content in the draft social … Continue reading

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Task force members familiar with rural communities, concerns

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Are members of the ELCA Task Force on Genetics really familiar with the concerns of people living … Continue reading

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Rural community initiated request for social statement on genetics

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: From whom did the request for the social statement on genetics originate?   Response: The rural community initiated … Continue reading

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Draft social statement addresses many topics related to genetics

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Is the draft only about agriculture and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or does it address other topics? … Continue reading

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Draft is first step in process leading to final social statement

Some concerns have been raised in various forums about the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Genetics.  ELCA FactChecker examines these concerns and offers factual responses. Concern: Does the Draft Social Statement on Genetics have any standing as an official social statement of … Continue reading

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