Formula of Agreement

Between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ on Entering into Full Communion on the Basis of A Common Calling

In 1997 four churches of Reformation heritage will act on an ecumenical proposal of historic importance. The timing reflects a doctrinal consensus which has been developing over the past thirty-two years coupled with an increasing urgency for the church to proclaim a gospel of unity in contemporary society. In light of identified doctrinal consensus, desiring to bear visible witness to the unity of the Church, and hearing the call to engage together in God's mission, it is recommended:

That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ declare on the basis of A Common Calling and their adoption of this A Formula of Agreement that they are in full communion with one another. Thus, each church is entering into or affirming full communion with three other churches.

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  1. Thank you for providing the full text of the Formula of Agreement. This has been very helpful as a teaching tool for local church leaders at Fairfield Glade Community Church (UCC and PCUSA), a congregation that is trying to become more fully ecumenical while honoring the denominational polity of the groups with which it is affiliated.

    by Marvin L. Morgan, Teaching Elder, Fairfield Glade

    August 11, 2014

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