Lutherans and Roman Catholic clergy may be meeting for prayer and study, as will the congregations they serve, if they take seriously the recommendations of a newly released document.
In May the ELCA and the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops released the final draft of "The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries," the product of the 10th round of dialogue between the churches, which began in September 1998. The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod participated in some earlier rounds of the dialogue but had only an observer during this series.
The 69-page document "tests whether the lens of koinonia [which means living together in community] is helpful in addressing the issues that still divide us," said Randall Lee, director of the ELCA Department for Ecumenical Affairs. The document discusses the ways the two churches' ministries — their strengths and limitations, differences and complementarities — serve to bring them into communion with God and each other.
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