Ecumenical and Inter-religious

Full Communion Partners

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

On January 6, 2001, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America entered into a relationship of full communion on the basis of the document “Called to Common Mission,” culminating thirty years of dialogue with one another. In full communion, both churches retain their autonomy and structures but agree to work together for joint mission and witness in the world. In accord with procedures established in “Called to Common Mission,” clergy and laity may move freely between the two churches.

The pages below testify to the history, breadth, and scope of this full communion agreement. The “Called to Common Mission” and the official commentary issued by the two churches should answer technical questions. A wealth of archived resources provides the background for this dialogue. Examples of practical cooperation across the country demonstrate the potential for mission and witness between our two churches. Finally, links to the ELCA website will help Episcopalians begin to better understand our partners.

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Useful Links:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee
Lutheran-Episcopal Shared Ministries from the Episcopal Asset Map
Episcopal Church Dioceses and Evangelical Lutheran Synods

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