The 1991 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted 919 to 67 to establish full communion as the goal of this church's ecumenical policy. This year's assembly will be the acid test of that declaration.
As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's 65 synods gather this spring, neuralgic questions remain about proposals for full communion with the Episcopal Church and with three Reformed churches--the Presbyterian Church USA, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ--representing more than 30 years of dialogue by teams appointed by each church.
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