The Lutheran Church is not the only way God is active in the world. Many other churches and congregations share in the work of mission. We seek to develop our connectedness to other denominations and faith groups in order to cooperate in mission, learn from one another, and deepen our understandings of the variety and diversity of God’s imagination and creativity.
Local and Regional Ecumenical and Interfaith Partnerships
St. Thomas is an active partner in several local ecumenical and interfaith ministries – these are listed in the column to the right.
Full Communion Partners
Full communion exists when two denominational traditions meet, study, and develop a relationship based on a common confession of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean that the denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, churches also respect differences. These denominations may jointly worship and exchange clergy, and also share their evangelism, witness and service in the world. At a national level, ELCA has established full communion partnerships with six other denominations – but it’s up to local congregations like St. Thomas to turn those formal partnerships into authentic, local, lived relationships.
ELCA is actively working on developing interfaith partnerships. Find out more about this denominational initiative here.