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Ecumenical Relations

We are One People in Faith

Ecumenical Relations

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12:4–6

Our work In Mission for Others is multiplied when we work together with our partners both within the Lutheran communion and ecumenically. The ELCIC strives to be good stewards of the resources we have been given by working alongside our partners and rejoicing in the gifts we can share together.


Beyond our Borders

Through our global partnerships, the ELCIC helps bring healing and support to those in need around the world. The following two-page document provides an overview of some of this work. Consider using this resource in your congregation.



Our Partners

The ELCIC holds membership in the Lutheran World Federation, a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 140 member churches in 79 countries, representing 70 million Christians.

We also work with Christians of other denominations as a member of the Canadian Council of Churches, a community of 21 churches, serving as an agency for consultation, common planning and actions, and encouraging ecumenical understanding and action throughout Canada.

The ELCIC and Lutheran Church–Canada partner in the Lutheran Council in Canada which is responsible for overseeing such areas as Lutheran chaplaincies in the Armed Forces and correctional institutions.

And in a global ecumenical context, we are a member of the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of 342 churches in more than 120 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian traditions (representing 550 million Christians). Working together, the churches promote reconciliation, theological dialogue, sharing of resources and the vision of a life in community which is rooted in each particular cultural context. They support each other in common witness and evangelism, and seek to meet human needs through acts of mercy, to break down barriers between people and to safeguard God's good creation so that all may experience the fullness of life.

As a national church body and as a member of the fellowships above, we are involved in dialogues with many faith communities. Learn more from the links below.

Other Related Organizations

In full communion with The Anglican Church of Canada
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