Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the ELCA, the largest Lutheran group in North America. The ELCA alone is almost five million members strong, with nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background.
The ELCA has engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for years. In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative “full communion” agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission, and worship) with several other protestant denominations, including the:
• Moravian Church
• Episcopal Church
• Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
• Reformed Church in America
• United Church of Christ
• United Methodist Church
The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.
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