The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


ELCA, LCMS leaders talk

The ELCA and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod will continue to share information, but LCMS leaders said they have ended cooperation, particularly in chaplaincy, HIV/AIDS ministry and national disaster response.

Speaking Feb. 8 at the Committee on Lutheran Cooperation meeting, LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison called the situation "very sad" but said circumstances could allow cooperation on local levels.

While he "regrets that the [LCMS] has taken action to discontinue our shared ministries," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said "work will continue to be a priority for us as the ELCA with existing partners, and we will continue to look for ways to serve our neighbors with Lutherans and ecumenical partners."


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