Invitation to Respond
You are invited to participate in responding to the Draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.” The six-month comment period on the Draft is open from Friday, January 12, 2018 through Saturday, June 30, 2018.
In 1991, the second Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted, “A Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment: A Policy Statement of the ELCA.” This document provided a common theological basis and framework for this church’s ecumenical relations. Acknowledging the important distinction between seeking unity amongst Christians and “the responsibility of the Church to enter into conversations and reach greater understanding with people of other faiths,” the Declaration called for a “separate, official statement to describe [the ELCA’s] commitments and aspirations” in the area of inter-religious relations.
In 2016, twenty-five years later, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton announced to the Churchwide Assembly gathered in New Orleans that she had appointed a task force to develop a draft inter-religious policy statement. The eleven task force members and staff are listed in the document. You can read their bios here.
The Inter-Religious Task Force will receive the feedback and input from this comment period to revise the draft before it goes to the ELCA Church Council for possible recommendation to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. View a timeline of the complete process for the policy statement here.
The draft has been reviewed by various full communion, ecumenical, and inter-religious partners, as well as by the Conference of Bishops’ Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the board of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network (LEIRN).
Hearings will be taking place, including at some synod events and at some listening events sponsored by other ELCA institutions. For more information, please contact EIRinfo@elca.org.