The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Losing and finding identities

History, science teach us lessons in ecumenism

Union churches were once seen as a threat to our distinct Lutheran confessions, endangering our identity. These congregations, which flourished for two centuries in such areas as Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas, consisted of two congregations, one Lutheran and one Reformed, sharing the same building. This happened when small communities of German immigrants lacked the financial strength to support two churches. Under various arrangements they shared the same building and at times the same hymnals and Sunday school materials. Sometimes they attended each other's services on alternate Sundays.

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Embracing diversity