I leave it to you to decide if the ELCA is living up to the above statement after reading the following:
Muhlenberg College, an ELCA affiliated school, offers first year students a course called "Of Kings and Queens: Drag Theory and Performance."
In a Muhlenberg College posted article entitled, “This class is a drag — and students love it,” it says this about the course, “The students in ‘Of Kings and Queens’ have spent the first three-quarters of the semester reading, writing and analyzing, discussing the politics of gender and sexuality, and coming to understand drag as a cultural phenomenon.
But the highlight of the semester will be the final exam. (Assistant Professor Troy) Dwyer and all 15 of his students are planning a drag show, which they will perform for the public, Dec. 9 at the Stonewall. Dwyer says he believes the course is unique.” (read the whole article here)
The two following links will take you to videos of the 2010 final exam student drag show.
The first one is a group performance by the students (see here)
This second video indicates it is of the assistant professor, Troy Dwyer’s drag performance. (see here)
Lastly, here are some pictures from a website which documents, in the URL, that the pictures are of Muhlenberg students. The students and teacher in the above videos are the people in the pictures. (see here) Be warned, there are a few pictures with very sexual content.
Before you send your children to an ELCA affiliated school, you should do some research into what the school is about. If you would like to read about more instances of “higher standards - higher values” at ELCA schools, go here and scroll down the page.