The ELCA has made significant progress in its vision and support of women’s leadership since the ordination of Elizabeth Platz and Barbara Andrews in 1970 in predecessor bodies of this church.
Women now serve as six of the 65 elected synodical bishops; Lutheran women have registered in record numbers at seminary, and more women serve as senior pastors than 15 years ago. Nevertheless, sexism is still a systemic sin that demands thoughtful theological attention and active transformation by this church.
A theological response to sexism requires this church to look behind crimes against women — such as domestic violence, rape, and human trafficking — in order to engage deeply with each other on the theology that addresses sexism and gender justice.
Theological study on sexism can begin with this sample Bible study (scroll down to Sexism). Other resources and information on programmatic work on sexism can be found on the Justice for Women Web site.