About us - Ecumenical Cooperation
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland led ecumenical dialogue with the Evangelical-Reformed church (1570, 1970) and the Evangelical Methodist Church (1994) in the aspect of altar and pulpit fellowship. These dialogues ended successfully, with appropriate agreements.
In 1979, our church led a dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church on the issue of common agreement on baptism which ended with signing the Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism on 11th May 1979. Recently the Consistory of the Church and the Polish Bishops’ Conference of the Roman Catholic Church founded a Commission for Theological Dialogue on the issue of religiously assortative marriages and intercommunion.
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland cooperates with other Christian churches – members of the Polish Ecumenical Council (PEC) and is in a dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church which is not a member of PEC. The president of PEC is bishop Jerzy Samiec. More information: www.ekumenia.pl
During the Week of Prayer for the Christian Unity (18th to 25th January and from Exaudi to Pentecost) our church, as all other churches, gathers for common prayers for Christian unity. Joint services are held with the member churches of the PEC, with the Roman Catholic Church and other churches which are not the members of PEC.
However, the ecumenical movement in our church doesn’t lead to blurring our Lutheran identity but to tolerance, mutual understanding, help, sharing Christian love and common prayer for unity – the one Jesus Christ asked for in his prayer before He died: “That all of them may be one (…) in us” (J 17).
The theological and scientific dialogue, on the other hand, is led by the local and world theological organs, that represent various churches (e.g. Lutheran World Federation, World Council of Churches, Vatican). They work on specific documents which are later discussed with the churches. Although ecumenical contacts are not always synonymous with accepting the views, teaching and cult of other Christian churches, cooperation between Christians in secularized world, endangered with sects, not Christian religions, is very demanded. The churches can work with one another in Christian love and respect, on various levels and areas of everyday life, not being afraid of losing their identity.