About us - International Cooperation
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland is the autonomic church. However, on the international level the church leads a broad cooperation with the sister Evangelical (Lutheran) Churches. It is also a member-founder of the World Lutheran Federation, member of the World Council of Churches, Conference of European Churches, Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. The Church works also with Gustav-Adolf Werk and Martin Luther Bund in Germany in tight cooperation.
The Evangelical Church oft he Augsburg Confession is also a partner for Evangelical Church of Hesse und Nassau, Evangelical Church of Westphalia, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia, the Uppsala Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Sweden and the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States (ELCA). The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession cooperates also with the Evangelical Church of the Rhieneland, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, churches in the Czech Republic, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Ukraine, Lutheran Churches in Finland,Great Britain, Whiterussia and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. The Pomorsko-Wielkopolska Diocese and Wrocawska Diocese are partners for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Northern Germany. The Wroclawska Dioceses is also partner fort the Evangelical Church Berlin Brandenburg Silesian Oberlausitz and Evangelica Lutheran Church of Saxony.
Partnership Agreement - Concluded between the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia and the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland.
Friendship Cooperation Agreement - Concluded between the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland and the Upsala Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Sweden
Partnership Agreement - Concluded between the Committee for Polish Affairs in Netherlands and the Committee for Dutch Affairs in Poland (both committees work at the centers of the Churches).
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession is a member of:
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is the global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. It was founded in 1947 in Lund (Sweden). The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession was one of the founders and is a member since 1947. Currently the LWF has 145 member churches in 98 countries which represent over 70 mln Christians. The Assembly is the highest governing body, summoned every six years. Between the Assemblies, the LWF is governed by the Council that meets once in 12-18 months. Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, is the president of the LWF (elected in 2010). Rev. Martin Junge from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Chile is the General Secretary.
Our representative in the LWF Council is currently Ms. Iwona Baraniec. The Europa Secretary oft he LWF is a lutheran pastor from Poland Rev dr Ireneusz Lukas. The regional coordinator of Women’s Affairs for Central and Eastern Europe is Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnogórska. There is also a Polish Comittee of the Lutheran World Federation whose chairman is Rev. Adam Malina.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical religious organization founded in 1948 in Amsterdam. It consists of 349 member Christian churches (from over 110 countries, about 560 mln believers) of various traditions, i.a. protestants, Anglicans, Old-Catholics.
Currently it is seated in Geneva. The council is governed by the Central Committee, chosen every 7 years. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2009. Since 2006 Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnogórska has been a member of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and WCC.
Despite the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, the following Polish churches belong to the WCC:
The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of WCC but cooperates with this organization. Polish Ecumenical Council is the Polish partner of WCC.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) – ecumenical movement of Christian churches except the Roman Catholic Church (CEC cooperates with the Polish Bishops’ Conference of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe).
CEC was founded after the Second World War when a group of church leaders in Eastern and Western Europe began to consider together the possibility of bringing into conversation churches in European countries separated by different political, economic and social systems. Churches that are faithful to the Gospel support each other in their calling, promoting the unity of the Church and peace.
At first, the CEC represented a loose association of churches, but with the adoption of a Constitution at the 1964 Assembly a significant step was taken towards forming a regional conference of churches. According to the CEC Constitution, the Assembly is the „highest authority” of CEC. It is held every 5 years and consists of delegates from the member churches. Governing Board of twenty members meets twice annually to oversee the implementation of the decisions of the Assembly.
Despite the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession, the following Polish churches are the members of CEC:
- Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church
- Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland
- United Methodist Church in Poland
- Polish Catholic Church in Poland (Old Catholic)
- Baptist Union of Poland
- Old Catholic Mariavite Church in Poland
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession is also a member of the International Federation for Pastoral Care to Hearing Impaired Persons. In the Council the Church represents dk Barbara Adamus. Mrs Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnogórska, Communication Officer is responsible for keeping the contacts with the Communication Committee of the Lutheran Minority Churches in Europe.
Contact Person: Anna Wrzesińska - International Officer
tel. +48 22 887 02 00
kom. 506 392 007