The Human Rights social message gathers themes from other ELCA social teaching to elaborate a full address of rights as grounded in God’s gift of human dignity. It spells out basic convictions and the meaning of rights for humans as created beings who are religious, symbol-using, communal, civic, economic and physical. It addresses contemporary questions and summons God’s people in the ELCA to renewed attention and courage, discernment and action to promote and protect human rights.