On Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 4 pm central, the ELCA Conference of Bishops’ Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee will co-host a Lutheran-Catholic service of common prayer in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will follow the Common Prayer liturgical guide, developed for the joint ecumenical commemoration held in Lund, Sweden last October 31, and based on the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue report, From Conflict to Communion. As we pray, we will confess our brokenness, renewing our commitments to reconciling the body of Christ, and celebrating the ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans over fifty-plus years of dialogue – the gifts that have been given and received in our journey together on the way to unity. The service of common prayer will be preceded by a joint meeting of the committees, and followed by a festive reception and dinner.
In 2017, Catholic and Lutheran Christians will most fittingly look back on events that occurred 500 years earlier by putting the gospel of Jesus Christ at the center. | Find out more