ELCA & Ecumenism

The ELCA is an Ecumenical Church.

Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessors have engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades. In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative “full communion” agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several other Protestant denominations, including:

· The Moravian Church
· The Episcopal Church
· The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
· The Reformed Church in America
· The United Church of Christ
· The United Methodist Church

The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church and, in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.