Full Communion Means:

  • A common confessing of the Christian faith.
  • Mutual recognition of Baptism and a sharing of the Lord’s Supper.
  • Allowing for joint worship and an exchangeability of members.
  • A mutual recognition and availability of ordained ministers to the service of all members of churches in full communion, subject only but always to the disciplinary regulations of the other churches.
  • A common commitment to evangelism, witness, and service.
  • A means of common decision making on critical common issues of faith and life.
  • A mutual lifting of any condemnations that exist between churches.

The ELCA is involved in ECUMENICAL DIALOGUES with these denominations:

  • Roman Catholic
  • Orthodox
  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion
  • Christian Church (disciples of Christ)
  • Mennonite Church USA

Also, INTER-FAITH DIALOGUES between Jews and Muslims.

Lutherans and Roman Catholics
A joint statement by the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican removed the mutual condemnations of Lutherans and Roman Catholics in the 16th century over JUSTIFICATION, and offers the possibility of greater unity between these churches.