God’s work never stops. Churchwide office staff are still hard at work – from our homes. Hours and lines of communication remain the same.

Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations

The ELCA is committed to fostering unity among the children of God for the sake of the world. The ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations team is responsible for encouraging the activity of ecumenical and interreligious life in this church and enhancing the public commitments of this church in Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith circles.

The ELCA is committed to promoting understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ’s people. Brokenness can be healed and divisions can be overcome. To this end, the activity of ecumenical life in the ELCA is one of cooperation, facilitation, accompaniment and formation within this church, and with our ecumenical and interreligious companions.

What does this mean?
All of our work is grounded in our statement, The Vision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“…that they may all be one.” ~ John 17:21

Lenten Devotionals

The four heads of communion of the Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran Churches in the US and Canada have prepared Lenten devotions on the theme, “Set Free by Truth.” The series reflects contextually and cross-contextually on matters of truth-telling and racial justice. Each segment presents Scripture citations, a reflection, and a prayer. Please share these widely though your networks.

Policy Statement


A Declaration of Our
Inter-Religious Commitment:
A Policy Statement of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Lament and Hope

Lament and Hope: A Pan-African Devotional Guide Commemorating the 2019 Quad-Centennial of the Forced Transatlantic Voyage of Enslaved African Peoples to Jamestown, Virginia (USA)

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Full Communion Agreements


The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France is hosting the 54th International Ecumenical Seminar on "Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue: Similarities and Differences" that will take place in Strasbourg, France, from July 6-13, 2020.

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