â€¨France’s largest Lutheran body, the 210,000-member Church of the Augsburg Confession in Alsace Lorraine, was founded in 1808. When Alsace became part of Germany after the war of 1870-71, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of France was formed. After World War II, when Alsace again became part of France, the two churches remained independent. Both are Lutheran World Federation members.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of France
hopes its country can rebuild links with the U.S. that were damaged by
the Iraqi war. “In the past we have had very fruitful ties with
America, and I am hoping that now that passions have calmed, we’ll be
able to establish new forms of cooperation,” said Joël Dautheville,
president of the denomination.
The church is divided into two “inspections.” Montbéliard has 24 parishes with 30,000 Lutherans. The Paris Inspection, which includes Lyon, Marseille and Nice, has 23 parishes with 6,000 worshipers.
|L’église des Billettes is the oldest Lutheran church in Paris, consecrated in 1809.|
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