I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.
 The assembly of believers around word and sacrament represents a public event that serves as a witness of faith to the whole world. On behalf of those who will believe — those who will witness these public gatherings around word and sacraments from the outside looking in — the church strives toward unity expressed, at times, in shared worship across communion lines. However, years of entrenched denominational separation more often lead to observations of confusing divisions among the Christian church than its professed unity in Christ.
- John 17:20–21a
The Rev. Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen is Associate for Worship Resources in the Worship and Liturgical Resources unit of the churchwide office. She holds a Masters of Divinity, Sacred Theology Masters in New Testament and Doctor of Ministry in worship from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Before seminary, she was a music therapist working with people dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
Dr. Michael Reid Trice is the Associate Executive of the office for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He currently serves as ELCA staff for the White House Task Force on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, is a leader on the Interfaith Commission of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and stands on the executive board for Church World Service.
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 10, Issue 10