“In the pursuit of communion and common witness” (Wittenberg, Germany)

In an ecumenical worship service, held in the City Church in Wittenberg today, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) signed the Wittenberg Witness, a common statement affirming their common call to continued renewal and cooperation on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge signed for the global Lutheran communion of 145 churches and WCRC General Secretary Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson signed for the Reformed Communion, which counts over 225 churches as members.

“We approach the Reformation anniversary from the perspective of the unity of the body of Christ, which is a gift of God. This means we approach it with a spirit of ecumenical openness and accountability. The Wittenberg Witness is a testimony to this,” said LWF General Secretary Junge.

“As we say in the Witness itself, as world communions, we commit to explore new forms of life together that will more fully express the communion we already have in Christ,” said WCRC General Secretary Ferguson. “We call on our member churches to find ways to more fully live out these commitments together in their local contexts, making our unity more visible.”

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