Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations

The ELCA is committed to fostering unity among the children of God for the sake of the world. The ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations team is responsible for encouraging the activity of ecumenical and interreligious life in this church and enhancing the public commitments of this church in Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith circles.

The ELCA is committed to promoting understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ’s people. Brokenness can be healed and divisions can be overcome. To this end, the activity of ecumenical life in the ELCA is one of cooperation, facilitation, accompaniment and formation within this church, and with our ecumenical and interreligious companions.

What does this mean?
All of our work is grounded in our statement, The Vision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“…that they may all be one.” ~ John 17:21

Service of Common Prayer

Lutheran-Catholic Service of Common Prayer
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 4:00 pm central, the ELCA Conference of Bishops’ Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee co-hosted a Lutheran-Catholic service of common prayer in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Each year from January 18-25, Christians are encouraged to pray together as a sign of the unity that is already theirs in Christ. The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power” based on Exodus 15:6.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a worldwide movement among Christians to heal divisions within the Church and also promotes dialogue among churches and Christian communities and encourages Christians everywhere to better understand and reflect the implications of “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

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Declaration on the Way

Full Communion Agreements