Ecumenical Ministry

Ecumenical-pastors

The ELCA and the North Carolina Synod are committed to visible unity among Christians as well as mutual understanding and cooperation for the common good between Christians and people of other religions and worldviews.

As a church, we must consider anew our calling and commitments as we live in a world that is both ecumenically diverse and multi-religious. Three key ELCA documents, or declarations, currently serve to guide this critical work: “A Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment” (1991), “Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community” (1994), and “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment” (2019).

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Full Communion Partners

The ELCA has six full communion partners: the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church, The Moravian Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Reformed Church in America.

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Bilateral Dialogues

"Bilateral dialogue" is two churches coming together for awareness, healing, and a deeper relationship. The ELCA is in dialogue with the AME Church, the AME Zion Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Mennonite Church (USA), the Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church. 

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Stories of Ecumenical Work in the NC Synod

Read stories of ecumenical work happening across our synod—both in an official synod capacity and locally as congregations come together to worship, learn, and serve.

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Ecumenical Committee

The Ecumenical Committee of the North Carolina Synod works with the bishop to tend to, engage in, and celebrate our ecumenical relationships. 

Additional Resources

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Declaration on the Way

Continued Conversation with the Catholic Church

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Organizations Pursuing Christian Unity

List of organizations working for Christian unity.

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Ecumenical Formation Resources

Resources to shape leaders for effective ecumenical and interreligious engagement.

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The Lutheran World Federation

A global communion of national and regional Lutheran denominations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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National Council of Churches

The largest ecumenical body in the U.S.; an ecumenical partnership of 38 Christian faith groups including the ELCA.

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NC Council of Churches

A statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society.

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