Call for Papers 2022

Call for Submissions:

December 2022 Issue. Civic Engagement and the Relationship of Church and State

The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of an ELCA social statement on government, civic engagement and the relationship of church and state as a means to probe for shared convictions and establish this church’s comprehensive teaching. The ELCA task force has been at work since October of 2020 in forums of listening to ELCA members and learning from specialists on the breadth of topics involved and has asked the Journal of Lutheran Ethics to issue a call for papers for the December 2022 issue. The call invites brief, suggestive essays up to 2500 words that lift up theological and biblical resources the writer believes could serve the work of establishing the ELCA’s comprehensive teaching. This includes constructive proposals for overarching theological themes that could inform a social statement. The task force has engaged in such reflection, but is inviting papers as a means to hear additional voices and ideas.

To submit: Send essays as Word attachments to

Deadline for essays: October 25, 2022.


Call for Submissions: February/March 2023 Issues.
Lutheran responses post-Roe in accord with the ELCA’s position from its Social Statement on Abortion.

To submit: Send essays as Word attachments to

Deadline: December 1, 2022.

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Please note, the above list is not exhaustive; JLE will consider article ideas that offer ethical deliberation and theological reflection on other aspects of these topics and on other topics. Initial abstracts should be 250 words.  Final Articles should be 2500-3000 words long. Please submit a brief CV along with your initial abstract.

Submission Information:

  • Please send initial abstracts to the editor at Please put JLE SUBMISSION in the subject line.
  • Consult the “Article Submission Guidelines
  • More information on JLE, its mission, and its guidelines for submission can be found at


The JLE invites readers to submit reviews of recent books that contribute to theological reflection or ethical deliberation on important issues in church and society.  This includes books that may not themselves be theological in nature, but that help readers understand pressing social issues facing the church and the world.  The JLE welcomes reviews of books targeted toward academics, clergy and/or lay readers. Book Reviews are typically 1000-1500 words.  Books do not need to be on the focus theme of the Issue.

The book review editor makes the final determination on books, reviewers and reviews to be included in the JLE.

Send proposed reviews (book to be reviewed and a brief description about the direction your review would take) to Nancy Arnison through Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth at Put BOOK REVIEW in the subject line.

You may also contact us simply to register your desire to serve as a book reviewer; indicate your areas of expertise and interest.