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Reformation 500 Commemoration Events

We are now posting sermons and bulletins from Reformation 500 commemoration services and events in the Reformation 500+ section above. If you have a sermon manuscript, a bulletin, or other material that you would like to share, email it to me at Let us see what you did and inspire us with your witness to Christian unity!

With thanks,

Chris Olkiewicz

Summer 2017 update

Ecumenical & Inter-Religious RelationsStaff Report to LEIRN BoardAugust 2017

Reformation Day Public Witness EventOn Reformation Day, Tuesday, October 31, Presiding Bishop Eaton will join Conference of Bishops’ Chair Bill Gafkjen, Vice President Bill Horne, and Metro DC Synod Bishop Dick Graham in co-hosting a day-long public witness event concluding with worship at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill, DC. 

The event, “Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500” will provide an opportunity to consider 500 years of Reformation through the lens of 50+ years of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, and look to the future to which Christ is calling us. Bishop Denis Madden will be among the ecumenical and inter-religious guests featured in the program. Lutheran-Jewish and Lutheran-Muslim relations will also be spotlighted, as will partnerships with the Historic Black Churches and within the ELCA toward racial justice and reconciliation.

The event is free and open to the …

Save the date for NWCU 2018

National Workshop on Christian Unity 2018 Silver Spring, MD April 16 - 19

The annual meeting of LEIRN is held at the NWCU along with the Episcopal, Catholic, Methodist, and Evangelical networks.


NWCU Report

Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Relations Staff Report to LEIRN National Workshop on Christian Unity Minneapolis, Minnesota; May 1, 2017

We celebrate Bishop Eaton’s presence at our LEIRN session and look forward to the Tuesday morning plenary, when she and Bishop Denis Madden will lead reflections on “After 500 Years: Catholics and Lutherans Together on the Way.”
Lutheran-Catholic Relations/500th Anniversary of the Reformation The anniversary year is giving prominence to this relationship, and participation in anniversary events continues at all levels of this church. Keep up with events through Our office welcomes reports of activities in your synods or local settings: please send them to On March 2, the ELCA Conference of Bishops’ Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations Committee hosted a joint meeting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commit…

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LEIRN meeting agenda

Dear Members of LEIRN and Friends,

It is time to register for the National Workshop on Christian Unity and the annual meeting of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives Network. Please go to to complete your registration, where you will also find a full Workshop brochure. Our LEIRN meeting agenda is below. ALL LUTHERAN ECUMENISTS ARE WELCOME, not only network members.

In this special year commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a number of prominent national leaders, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, are prepared to engage us in reflection and learning around the theme "Reform, Repent, Reconcile." It is going to be an extraordinary opportunity.

There are a number of possible options to help manage the cost of participation. Small scholarships may be available to help reduce your registration cost. All ELCA seminarians are eligible to receive free registration. If either of those options is of interest to you, contact…