Lutherans and Other Religions

Many people confuse the challenges presented by cooperation with other Christian denominations and those presented by cooperation with non-Christian religion.  The ELCA strives to keep its commitment to Jesus Christ while also acknowledging the rich traditions within other religions.

We reside in a rich, multi-religious world. Given such diversity, what does it mean to be Lutheran? Members of the ELCA share a responsibility for this church’s relationships with people of other faiths and traditions.

Over the years, the ELCA has been engaged most deeply in Lutheran-Jewish and Lutheran-Muslim relations. Broader interfaith work has been undertaken through ecumenical bodies, such as the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and through interfaith coalitions such as Religions for Peace – USA.