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Full Communion Partners

Presbyterian Church USA

United Church of Christ

The Moravian Church

Reformed Church In America

The Episcopal Church

The United Methodist Church

Full communion is when two churches develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean that two churches merge; rather, in reaching agreements, churches also respect differences. These denominations likewise jointly worship, may exchange clergy, and also share a commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world. A central document to Lutherans is the Augsburg Confession. Article VII of the Augsburg Confession states that “the true unity of the church” is present where the Gospel is rightly preached and Sacraments rightly administered. The ELCA is committed to this model of full communion as an authentic expression of Christian unity.


Characteristics of Full Communion Partners:

- a common confessing of the Christian faith

- a 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 to the disciplinary        regulations of 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

June 7 Bulletin

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