Lutherans and Other Denominations

Many people are concerned that Christians seem to be divided and in conflict with each other.  The differences between denominations seem, at times, to be more important than serving God.

The Lutheran Church of Our Father and all of the ELCA is committed to fostering unity among the children of God for the sake of the world.

ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations team is responsible 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 ECLA 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.

Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean the two denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, denominations also respect differences. These denominations worship together, may exchange clergy and also share a commitment      to evangelism, witness and service in the world. Each entity agrees that even with differences, there is nothing that is church-dividing.

The ECLA seeks to accomplish these goals through membership in national and inter-national bodies such as the Council of Churches, and by encouraging activities at the local level.   The provision of educational materials to ???? the ???? of irreconcilable differences is a major goal of the national church.

You can find more information here.