ELCA Adopts Declaration to the Muslim Community
"For much of April, Christians and Muslims journeyed through their respective periods of fasting, prayer, and reflection, as Lent and Ramadan coincided. During this holy time of confluence between Christians and Muslims, The ELCA Church Council unanimously adopted “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Muslim Community” (see below) affirming our friendship and solidarity with Muslims, nurtured over time through meaningful cooperation, dialogue, and common action.
This latest declaration stands alongside “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community” and as a concrete expression of “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment.” More than a corpus of statements, these declarations remind us of who we are in relationship to our neighbors, and who we strive to be. Grounded in real relationships, they are more than aspirational; grounded in reality, they reflect commitments not yet fully realized."
(Kathryn M. Lohre, Executive of the ELCA's Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment)