The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Heard at the assembly

“Now Epsicopalians aren’t very good at giving testimony—we pray out of a book, after all. This is something I’ve come to understand and appreciate. So I’ll briefly give you my own testimony of how I also came to understand how I was saved through faith alone. ... It was through an intermediary, but probably through an intermediary not so glorious as John Wesley, not so glorious as the Aldersgate meetinghouse. I speak of two prominent Lutheran theologians who spoke to many in my ... Generation X. I speak, of course, to the great Lutheran theologians, Davey and Goliath.Who taught me? The great theologian and his apologist, the Lutheran (Phillip) Melancthon of my generation, truly taught me that I was saved through faith alone, and that works could not earn me God’s love ....”

Thomas Ferguson, associate deputy, Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Episcopal Church.

“We are not the vine. Jesus is the vine; we are just the branches. As branches of the vine we are to do the work of Jesus, to get along. We are no longer slaves, we’re friends, people of God from all sectors. This grace, this justice, this mercy, this forgiveness is flowing through us. We must seize this moment. We have this day, here in the U.S., an opportunity like never before. Take a bold step forward saying, in this community, as disciples of Christ, we will fight hunger and eradicate racism. I urge, I beg, I even order you. People need to hear this good news.”

Bible study leader Ruben Duran, Division for Outreach, on Thursday.

“I went stumbling down the steps and he [Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson] picked me up. We bonded.”

William Oden, United Methodist ecumenical officer, commenting on when the new relationships with his church and the ELCA really began.


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