Commission on Theology and Church Relations

COP approves placements, discusses church work trends

The LCMS Council of Presidents met April 22–27.

‘A Chaste and Decent Life’: CTCR updates 1981 report

The update is a direct response to resolutions adopted by the Synod in convention in 2016 and 2019.

CTCR recommends fellowship with Ukraine, issues statement on Large Catechism volume

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Commission on Theology and Church Relations convened in St. Louis Feb. 16–18.

COP discusses Synod joys, concerns

The LCMS Council of Presidents met Nov. 14–16.

‘Profound unity and purpose’ in Kenya

In September, representatives from the LCMS gathered in Kisumu, Kenya, with representatives from 34 of the Synod’s partner churches to discuss the work of the confessional Lutheran church around the world.

The sin of racism: A Gospel response

The church needs to condemn all sin, including racism, and articulate God’s love in Christ for all.

Obituary: Rev. Dr. Osmar Otto Lehenbauer, former president of the LCMS New England District

The Rev. Dr. Osmar Otto Lehenbauer died on June 28 at the age of 92.

Shaw, Hemmer, Rabe installed at International Center

The three men had all begun serving prior to their installations. 

CTCR report addresses marriage and the state

The report follows several requests, in recent years, for the CTCR to address the question of whether or to what extent LCMS clergy should continue to serve as agents of the state in officiating marriages and signing civil marriage licenses.

‘Church in a messy world’: BOD looks back on pandemic year

The LCMS Board of Directors met Aug. 26 in St. Louis.

Update from LCMS President Harrison about vaccine mandate

Please study this collection of resources, which provides a summary of what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines, their relation to the issue of abortion, and what we can (and cannot) say about these matters from the Synod’s perspective.

LCMS President Harrison: Finnish Parliament member faithfully confesses amid opposition

Hear from Dr. Päivi Räsänen, a Lutheran member of the Finnish Parliament who is facing prosecution for writing on the Christian view of marriage.

Harrison calls Japan Lutheran Church to repentance

At its 2021 convention, the Japan Lutheran Church (JLC) made two decisions that have destroyed the scriptural basis for the longstanding relationship of altar and pulpit fellowship between the LCMS and the JLC.

Three-year Bible reading guide updated

The guide is a collaborative project of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Lutheran Church—Canada and the North American Lutheran Church.

Three-year schedule of daily Bible readings for 2021 to 2023

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has joined with the Lutheran Church—Canada and the North American Lutheran Church to compile a three-year plan of daily Bible readings and a year-long series of weekly readings on Martin Luther’s approach to the Scriptures.

CTCR provides updated vaccine fact sheet

The fact sheet, titled “The LCMS and COVID-19 Vaccines: Facts and Considerations,” was first released in January.