ELCIC National Convention delegates pass resolution on preventing sexual exploitation

On the Thursday afternoon of National Convention, delegates passed a motion adopting The Resolution Preventing Sexual Exploitation.

The ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) had previously presented the motion to delegates at the 2011 National Convention as a fourth implementation motion based on the Human Sexuality Social Statement. When the 2011 convention ran out of time to deal with the motion, it was referred to NCC whose members adopted the motion in September 2011. NCC asked that the motion be presented at the 2013 convention, so that it might be adopted by wider church.

The resolution calls the church to work in partnership in this area through support of the initiatives of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the Women’s Inter-church Council of Canada to eliminate human trafficking.

The resolution also commits the church to respond faithfully to opportunities for partnership and cooperation, and to be an advocate, seeking out opportunities to strengthen Canadian legislation and policies which  “discourse the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children.

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