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We Believe

ELCA Lutherans believe in:

  • The Triune God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The Bible - both Old and New Testaments as the sole source of revelation from God. We consider the Bible to be God's inspired word.   
  • Grace - We are saved by the grace of God, not by anything we do.
  • Faith - Our salvation is through our faith in God and the saving grace of Christ's death.
  • Scripture - All teachings of the church are based on the Bible.

ELCA Lutherans recognize:

  • Two sacraments - Baptism (of infants and all ages) and Holy Communion (all are welcome).
  • The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed as declarations of our faith.
  • Full communion with the Episcopal Church, the Moravian Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.

ELCA Lutherans practice:

God's work. Our hands. This philosophy of the ELCA guides our daily lives as we do God's work together.  Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.    Matthew 25:40

A warm welcome to people of any race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and ability. Welcome one another therefore as Christ has welcomed you.    Romans 15:7

Compassion, mercy, and social involvement, as we consider life's complexities and challenges in the light of both God's word and God's world, and the relationship between the two. …and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8

Relationships with the Lutheran Church worldwide, especially through involvement in the Lutheran World Federation.