The Moravian Church
Full Communion Partner since 1999
Lutheran churches and Moravian Provinces worldwide have for decades been in virtual full communion, including the interchangeability of ordained clergy and Eucharistic hospitality. The Lutheran–Moravian Dialogue in the United States is catching up with where other Lutheran and Moravians are already.
Moravians and Lutherans regard themselves as distinct members of a single flock who are following their Shepherd in mission and ministry. These themes of “the Good Shepherd,” of following Jesus, and of fellowship through discipleship, were at the forefront of the Lutheran–Moravian Dialogue. Also present was the realization that this dialogue is unique for both churches.
The 1999 Churchwide Assembly voted overwhelmingly to accept the proposal for full communion as it was described in the foundational document, Following Our Shepherd to Full Communion. The Southern and Northern Provinces of the Moravian Church in America also approved this document; the first worship service of full communion was held on January 27, 2000 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Eastern West Indies Province of the Moravian Church in America joined the relationship of full communion in August 2006. In August 2007, the ELCA extended an invitation to join in full communion to the Alaska Province of the Moravian Church in America.
Moravians & Lutherans Convene to Discuss the Future Download an article
about the Lutheran-Moravian partnership, taken from the March 2010 issue of the monthly periodical The Moravian
. Text and photos by Deanna L. Hollenbach, Executive Director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication for the Moravian Church North America.
10-Years of Partnership
The ELCA and the Moravian Church in North America celebrated ten years of partnership on January 27, 2010, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Rt. Rev. D. Wayne Burkette, President of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, preached a sermon at a service held at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem. Read the full text
of his sermon.
Also available is an article by the ELCA News Service
and two articles by the Moravian Church News & Events:
Moravian Lutheran 10-Year Anniversary Worship Service