“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.“
As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are blessed to have relationships with other Lutheran churches throughout the world. As a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the ELCA partners with other LWF church bodies as we continue to spread the message of God’s unconditional love and grace to all ends of the earth.
Each of the 65 synods of the ELCA are partnered with other Lutheran Churches around the world. Our Central/Southern Illinois Synod is partnered with parts of the Malagasy Lutheran Church in Madagascar.
The Malagasy Lutheran Church (Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy) is a member of The Lutheran World Federation. The church traces its roots back to the arrival of Norwegian missionaries in 1863 and was formally established as an independent church in 1950 with 1,800 congregations and 180,000 members. Today the church has a membership of more than 3 million members which makes it one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world. The Malagasy Lutheran Church places a high priority on evangelism, social ministry, and leadership development.
This weekend, we are honored to be welcoming Toromare Mananato, who will be worshipping with us at all our weekend services. Toromare serves the Malagasy Lutheran Church as the Vice-General Secretary, and acts as the primary liaison within the ecumenical movement among the different Christian denominations in Madagascar. Some of you will remember that this isn’t Toromare’s first time here in Illinois. With the help of the C/SIS Women of the ELCA, Toromare studied at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa from 2007 to 2009, where she earned a Master of Arts in Theology Development and Evangelism.
Our partnership with Toromare and the Ambovombe-Androy and Faradofay synods of the Malagasy Lutheran Church helps us know that, even separated by continents and oceans, we are all sisters and brothers united by Christ.
Connected in Christ,