Case Studies

ELCA Inter-Religious Case Studies Project: Call for Submissions

As Lutherans living in a multi-religious society, our neighbors are people of other faiths and traditions. The challenge before ELCA members is to think anew about what it means to be Lutheran in a rapidly changing religious landscape. Much of this work is already happening throughout this church.

The ELCA churchwide organization would like to receive stories of congregations and individual members engaging with people of other religions through an ELCA ministry or some other denominational or institutional activity.

Of particular interest are experiences marked by:
  • Full participation by lay people from Christian and one or more other world traditions
  • New biblical and theological insights
  • Evidence of personal transformation among some of the participants
  • Shared social action components, such as a food pantry or refugee assistance
  • Personal encounters or engagements in interreligious settings (interreligious marriages, funerals, worship/prayer services, etc.)
  • New ideas for teaching and/or pastoral ministry
Some questions to consider as you write about your encounter:
  • What was most challenging? 
  • What was most fulfilling?  
  • What were the most pressing theological questions and practical concerns?
Note: We are NOT seeking examples of ecumenical, intra-Christian interaction.

Submit stories (1000 words or less) to ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for possible inclusion in a collection of case studies of interreligious life in the ELCA. Photos, videos or illustrations are also welcome.

Email submissions to Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations or mail them to Kathryn Lohre, ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631. A sample case study, entitled "Chico Case Study", written by the Rev. Peg Schultz-Akerson, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Chico, Calif., is available here.