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Looking ahead or behind

"Full communion" votes will test if we believe what we say

My dad once served a "union church" where Lutheran and Reformed congregations shared property. I didn't know 35 years ago that this was an example of ecumenism, a word that most can't pronounce and fewer can define.

For pronunciation, try ec-KU-men-ism. For definition, it is a movement promoting cooperation and understanding among churches. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is committed to striving for the highest levels of ecumenism.

Our Churchwide Assembly next year will decide whether we should declare "full communion" with the Episcopal Church and with three Reformed churches--the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ (see page 8).


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