The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


One church, two congregations

Ecumenical partnerships among congregations are longstanding--and diverse

Some congregations say approval of the 1997 ecumenical proposals won't change them a bit because — ecumenically — they are way ahead of their church bodies. Ecumenical parishes or other cooperative arrangements exist around the country. These originated for various reasons — some practical — and they have diverse forms. But the participants agree that their faith has been enhanced by ecumenical sharing.

Most congregations engaged in ecumenical sharing are aware of the ELCA dialogues. However, they say that approval of dialogue proposals won't change their current practices but will simply offer official sanction for what they are already doing.

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