New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung g Friday, August 22, 1997 □ 7ALutheran assembly heals Reformation wounds around Communion table
By DAVID BRIGGS
AP Religion Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In 1S29, Martin Luther drew the words * ‘This is my body** in chalk on a table at Philip of Hesse*s castle in Marburg, Germany.
And with th^t message —r which allowed no compromise in the theological belief that the body and blood of Christ are real in the bread and wine of Communion — Luther set himself apart from the Reformed tradition of his day.
Some 470 years later, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America finished its biennial Churchwide Assembly by declaring all baptized Christians are welcome
to receive Communion in its churches.
In a remarkable week, culminating a remarkable summer of church love, the Lutherans attempted to heal many of the, divisions created by the Reformation, the great 16th-century divide that would split Christianity into hundreds of pieces.
They succeeded with the Reformed Churches, deciding — unlike Luther — that unity was more important than agreement on the real presence of Christ in the sacrament.
More than 80 percent of the representatives of the 5.2 million-member church approved a sweeping plan to share clergy and
Holy Communion with the Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ and Reformed Church in America, which have a combined membership of 4.6 million.
They would run into a bump in the ecumenical road with the Episcopalians, falling six Votes short of a similar plan for closer ties with the 2.5 million-member denomination.
The reason? The Lutherans feared that becoming part of the historic episcopate, where bishops are considered to be part of an unbroken line of succession dating back 2000 years to the Apostle Peter, would elevate prelates over ordinary church members.
A day later, church delegates would vote 995 to 15 to develop a new plan by 1999 to share ministry with the Episcopal Church.
The Lutherans then turned their attention to the issue at the heart of the Reformation, and declared the battle was over in the centuries-iong division among Lutherans and Catholics on the issue of justification by faith alone.
That issue turns on whether humans can earn salvation, or whether it is something that is solely a gift from God.
In the heat of the* Reformation, Lutherans emphasized God’s role, while Catholics emphasized the human responsibility to accept God’s gift. * -
The Lutherans voted 958 to 25 to approve a statement declaring that past condemnations no longer apply.
When you get past all the stereotypes that produced the scathing rhetoric in the 16th century, the document said, Lutherans and Catholics believe substantially the same thing: “We confess together that all persons depend completely on the saving grace of God for their salvation.’’
Finally, when it came to putting their principles into practice, the Lutherans approved guidelines on sacramental practices that recognize the validity of baptisms performed in other churches and advise against “rebaptism’’ when other Christians become Lutherans.
And while other denominations still place restrictions on ELCA members receiving Communion in , their churches, the nation’s largest Lutheran church adopted a policy of “eucharistic hospitality.”
“All baptized Christians are welcomed to Communion when they are visiting in the congregations of this church,” the assembly declared.
The Rev. Paul Nelson, director of worship for the ELCA, said the church “will become as welcoming as we know how to be on a unilateral basis.”
Even though .tears were shed when the Episcopal unity plan was narrowly rejected, many looking back at this assembly recognized something historic had happened.
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