On January 6, 2001, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America entered into a relationship of full communion on the basis of the document "Called to Common Mission," culminating thirty years of dialogue with one another. In full communion both churches retain their autonomy and structures but agree to work together for joint mission and witness in the world. In accord with procedures established in "Called to Common Mission," clergy and laity may move freely between the two churches.
The pages below testify to the history, breadth, and scope of this full communion agreement. The "Called to Common Mission" and the official commentary issued by the two churches should answer technical questions. A wealth of archived resources provide the background for this dialogue. Examples of practical cooperation across the country demonstrate the potential for mission and witness between our two churches. Finally, links to the ELCA website will help Episcopalians begin to better understand our partners.
Episcopal Church Dioceses and Evangelical Lutheran Synods
Episcopal Presiding Bishop, ELCA Presiding Bishop joint statement: For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy
An Agreement of Full Communion - Called to Common Mission
Joint Statement of Episcopal and ELCA Presiding Bishops: "Prayer and Action for the People of the Sudan"
ELCA Lutherans in New York grieve suspension of Missouri Synod colleague
'Refugees are children of God,' Presiding Bishop, ELCA leader say in joint statement
Episcopal, ELCA presiding bishops issue World AIDS Day letter
Advent devotions offered by heads of Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Episcopal Church joins Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church in Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to celebrate 10-year anniversary of full communion on May 1
Lutherans and Anglicans pitch in together for Winnipeg assembly
Lutherans grant second exception to policy of ordination by bishops