The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Ecumenical realities

"We cannot be ecumenical on our own," said Martin Junge of the Lutheran World Federation on April 18 in Geneva.

Junge met with four other general secretaries of international ecumenical organizations and with Protestant leaders from the Evangelical Church in Germany.

Junge said it's necessary to overcome mutual suspicions among churches and ecumenical organizations that may seem to be in competition with one another.

Olav Fykse Tveit, a Norwegian Lutheran who heads the World Council of Churches, said ecumenical partners must seek "unity that has substance," as well as new models of dialogue and cooperation that "bring all sorts of actors together."


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