The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


When a Lutheran marries a Methodist, what do you get?

Answer: Faith, grace and a conversation on the future of ecumenism

We married on a California beach on Valentine’s Day 1999. Norm Braatz, our Lutheran officiant, likes to joke that he talked with Tim’s bishop a week before our wedding. “I didn’t know that Tim was getting married. Who is he marrying?” the bishop asked.

Tim and CHamie Delkeskamp
Tim and Chamie Delkeskamp
“Well, Chamie,” Braatz said. “She’s a Methodist pastor.”

The response was: “But we don’t have shared communion with them.”

So Braatz quipped, “Well, you do now.”

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