To be Lutheran is to be ecumenical. We are committed to the quest for visible unity of the Church.
Empowered by Jesus’ prayer in the book of John “that all of them may be one ... so that the world may believe,” we act as the instrument of Lutheran churches in global ecumenical dialogues.
We work to become a better steward of God’s creation in the world together with other Christians.
For us, Christian ecumenism is not a choice: it is our mission to witness together with and in Christ, and it is a gift we receive from God through the Holy Spirit.
How the work is carried out
The LWF’s ecumenical work is mainly carried out through bilateral dialogues with other Christian traditions. There is also one trilateral dialogue.
We work in close cooperation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Global Christian Forum (GCF) and other Christian World Communions.
Dialogues focus on doctrinal or practical dimensions depending on need.
Dialogue committees include representatives of Lutheran churches from different areas to represent the broad Lutheran world. Consensus statements are presented to the LWF Council, which commends them to member churches for study.
Global dialogues contribute to more intensive cooperation at the grassroots level.
WCC | The WCC offers an important multilateral ecumenical forum for encounters with other confessional families and wider ecumenical movements.
Other Global Ecumenical | The Global Christian Forum and the annual meeting of the secretaries of Christian World Communions offer platforms for ecumenical cooperation beyond the member churches of the WCC, particularly with Roman Catholics and Evangelicals.
Lutheran-Reformed Commission | Document on ecclesiology
Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission | Plenary meeting on ministry/priesthood | 2014
Lutheran-Mennonite-Roman Catholic dialogue | Report on baptism | 2016
LWF | Preparation for conversations with the Pentecostal movement
Lutheran-Catholic working group | Proposal of joint liturgical material for use by local parishes in preparation for the 500th anniversary of Reformation in 2017 | 2013-2014