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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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