The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


November 20, 2006

Lutheran-Orthodox statement adopted

The Church Council of the ELCA adopted “A Lutheran-Orthodox Common Statement on Faith in the Holy Trinity” and suggested the statement be used for guidance and conversations throughout the church and in ecumenical settings.

The statement affirms a common commitment to and understanding of the theology of the Nicene Creed, and represents a breakthrough on one of the major theological controversies that contributed to the split between the Eastern and Western churches during the 11th century.

The phrase in the Nicene Creed that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father "and the Son" has been the source of division between the churches of the West and Eastern Orthodox churches since the formal break between them in 1054. The statement says it is appropriate in ecumenical conversations to confess the Nicene Creed without the phrase ‘and the Son,’ because the creed was originally adopted without it.

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