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