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

Lenten Devotionals

The four heads of communion of the Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran Churches in the US and Canada have prepared Lenten devotions on the theme, “Set Free by Truth.” The series reflects contextually and cross-contextually on matters of truth-telling and racial justice. Each segment presents Scripture citations, a reflection, and a prayer. Please share these widely though your networks.

Draft Policy Statement


A Declaration of Our
Inter-Religious Commitment:
A Draft Policy Statement of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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National Workshop on Christian Unity

Register now for the 2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity. The Workshop is the largest gathering of its kind. Presentations and working sessions on more than a dozen current topics and issues - including moving into communion, advocacy, ministry to refugees, confronting racism, civil dialogue. Excursions available to sites in Washington, DC. Engage with others committed to lifting up unity in carrying out Christ's mission.


52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018: Fundamentalism as Ecumenical Challenge
July 2-9, 2018, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France

In recent years we have seen the growth in both political and religious life of movements that can be called “fundamentalistic.” As they represent a great challenge for churches today as well as for ecumenism overall, the Summer Seminar will take the occasion to probe deeply the matter of fundamentalism. 

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Full Communion Agreements