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Ecumenical Partners

Full Communion Partners

Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean the two denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, denominations also respect differences. These denominations worship together, may exchange clergy and also share a commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world.

The ELCA is in full-communion partnership with 6 Christian Denominations: 
Presbyterian Church (USA)          
Full Communion partner since 1997. To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here.     

 Reformed Church in America
Full Communion partner since 1997.  To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here.                                              

United Church of Christ                    
Full Communion partner since 1997. To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here.     

The Episcopal Church 
Full Communion partner since 1999. To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here

The Moravian Church                     
Full Communion partner since 1999. To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here.    

The United Methodist Church
Full Communion partner since 2009.  To read a brief history of this full communion partnership, click here.


Bilateral Conversations

A "bilateral dialogue" involves two parties coming together in order to seek awareness, heal wounds and deepen a relationship. Contemporary bilateral dialogues between churches in the world received new enthusiasm from the entry of the Roman Catholic Church into the ecumenical movement in 1965, an event marked and ratified by the Second Vatican Council. Since then, many of these dialogues have allowed churches to establish relationships that permit greater sharing of pastors, witness, mission and ministries. More information can be found here.                                                                          

African Methodist Episcopal (AME)       

African Methodist Episcopal Zion

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)            

Mennonite Church USA

The Orthodox Church                                 

Roman Catholic Church


Ecumenical Associations

Colorado Council of Churches
The Colorado Council of Churches is the expression of Christian denominations, Christian congregations and affiliated partners that have intentionally entered into a covenant relationship to live out its mission: Walking together in faith, working together for justice. The Bishop represents the Rocky Mountain Synod on the Colorado Council of Churches

New Mexico Conference of Churches
The  New Mexico Conference of Churches is a community of Christians throughout New Mexico. Heeding Jesus' call to strive for unity, justice, peace and the integrity of creation, we are people of faith ministering to bring healing and hope to New Mexico.  Ruth Hoffman, director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM and Bishop Jim Gonia are the synod's representatives on the New Mexico Conference of Churches.

Wyoming Interfaith Network
We believe that justice matters and that we are called by our sense of the sacred to not be afraid and be bold in living out the commandment to love others, which includes all of God's creation. As a people of faith, we empower Wyoming’s faith communities to promote social and environmental justice through prayer, discernment, respectful dialogue, leadership, advocacy, service and study.