Advocacy in the ELCA
There are three expressions of the advocacy ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each ministry advocates for just, sound and compassionate public social policies based upon the officially adopted social justice policy positions of the ELCA.
State Public Policy Offices
The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania is one of the state public policy offices of the ELCA. These ministries represent the church in advocating at the state and local level with and on behalf of those without economic or political power. They work in partnership with local congregations, synods and social ministry organizations. Click here for a list of the state public policy offices.
ELCA Washington Office (D.C.)
The ELCA Washington Office fulfills the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s witness for social justice on domestic and foreign policy issues facing the nation, and through it, the world. With a commitment to a prophetic vision which stands with the poor and the powerless, the office represents the church’s positions within the complex arena of public debate. To achieve effective interaction between the whole church and the federal government, the office educates, informs and enables full involvement of the church in this ministry. Visit the ELCA Washington Office website.
Lutheran Office for World Community
The Lutheran Office for World Community represents the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The LWF is a non-governmental organization officially recognized by the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Visit the website.