Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and our denomination the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is committed to fostering unity among the children of God for the sake of the world. In the community of Greater Cincinnati, our faith community encourages the activity of ecumenical and interreligious life and enhancing commitments of our church in ecumenical and interfaith circles.
We are committed to promoting understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ's people. Brokenness can be healed and divisions can be overcome. To this end, the activities of ecumenical life in our church is one of cooperation, facilitation, accompaniment, and formation within our faith community and with our ecumenical and interreligious companions.
All of our work is grounded in our statement, The Vision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
“…that they may all be one.” ~ John 17:21
Our partners and activities.
Festival of Faiths.
The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths is organized by The Bridges of Faith Trialogue. The Trialogue is a non-partisan civic organization founded upon interfaith dialogue that works to develop educational and community service programming to foster greater understanding, respect, compassion, inclusion and engagement for all people and faith communities in Cincinnati and beyond. Its programs and activities are informed by an ongoing conversation among Cincinnati civic leaders of diverse faith traditions.
African Methodist Episcopal (AME).
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church have shared a relationship in the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and at other tables. Interest in establishing a bilateral dialogue led to formal meetings addressing the question "How has the American experience affected and/or shaped the life of my church?” Additional meetings explored questions such as "Protest and Reform: A Study of Martin Luther and Richard Allen," "Marginality in the Biblical Witness," and "The Role of the AME Church in American Political Culture.” “Understanding One Another: A Congregational Resource” was written in the hope that many congregations of our respective communions will use it to accomplish the goal of manifesting unity.
Locally we partner with Allen Temple AME Church. We celebrate worship together and volunteer together in ministry work locally and regionally.
The Lutheran World Federation.
The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of 148 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 75.5 million Christians in 99 countries.
The organization strives to put faith into action within and beyond communion. This action takes a variety of forms from theological reflection and dialogue with other church and faiths, to deepening relationships, sharing about our faith, serving those in need and advocating for a more just, peaceful and reconciled world.
In the words of Pope John XXIII, "The things that unite us are greater than those that divide us." The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation first engaged in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church in 1965. The dialogue has explored a wide range of theological topics and in 2010 issued a common statement "The Hope of Eternal Life" which explored in depth the common belief of Catholics and Lutherans in Jesus Christ's promise of eternal life.
In 2015 the churches together released "Declaration on the Way", a unique document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans.
In 2016 a joint Lutheran-Catholic commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation took place in Lund, Sweden. Pope Francis and Lutheran World Federation President Bishop Dr. Munib Younan and General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, led a common prayer service bringing together Lutherans and Catholics from around the world.
Locally our church meets with Catholic Parishes in our neighborhood to volunteer together, have conversation and work toward greater unity.