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Ecumenical Partners

Uniting with other Christians in prayer and action

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seeks to manifest the unity given to the people of God by living together in the live of Christ and by joining with other Christians in prayer and action to express and preserve the unity which the Spirit gives.

 

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

 

       United Church of Christ                                         The Episcopal Church

United Church of Christ                   The Episcopal Church 
Full Communion partner since 1997.     Full Communion partner since 1999.
To read a brief history of this full            To read a brief history of this full
communion partnership, click here.     communion partnership, click here.

 

     The Moravian Church .                                         United Methodist Church 

The Moravian Church                      United Methodist Church 
Full Communion partner since 1999.    Full Communion partner since 2009.
 To read a brief history of this full          To read a brief history of this full
communion partnership, click here.    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

 

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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 Association of Churches
Following the example that Jesus set for us, the Wyoming Association of Churches (WAC), a state-wide ecumenical organization, works to achieve equal justice and dignity for all. These ideals are attained through education, interaction, cooperation and understanding.