In 2017, Lutheran and Catholic Christians will commemorate together the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Lutherans and Catholics today enjoy a growth in mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect. They have come to acknowledge that more unites than divides them: above all, common faith in the Triune God and the revelation in Jesus Christ, as well as recognition of the basic truths of the doctrine of justification.
In response to the joint statement of the World Lutheran Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Catholics and Lutherans in Lees Summit are gathering to discuss common beliefs and practices. The statement, “From Conflict to Communion,” was made in anticipation of the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and reflects 50 years of joint dialogue.
The meetings at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, 130 NW Murray Road, began in April and continue to October. The next scheduled meeting is August 30 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Additional meetings were held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 SW State Route 150, and Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 1200 SW Blue Pkwy.
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