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Overture for Lutheran Unity.

A 6-par. overture adopted by the ex. committee of the Am. Luth. Conf. January 7, 1944, Chicago, Illinois Main thoughts: (1) The “Lutheran Church is rightly jealous of the integrity of its doctrine and practice, rightly wary of indifferentism or latitudinarianism, no matter what emergencies may arise├║” (2) The Luth. Ch. has always insisted on genuine acceptance by its mems. of its great hist. standards├║ (3) “Since some important points of doctrine and practice … were not issues in the sixteenth century … [but] have more recently become issues affecting inner unity, … Lutheran Church bodies have rightly required and provided supplementary statements …” (4) The Minneapolis* Theses (1925), Brief* Statement, Declaration (see American Lutheran Church, V, 1), and Pittsburgh* Agreement “have made sufficiently clear the position of the three major groups within American Lutheranism.” (5) “We, the constituent synods of the American Lutheran Conference, severally and collectively reaffirm our sincere and wholehearted adherence to our mutual pledge as to doctrine and practice in the Minneapolis Theses. We as earnestly expect of those with whom we seek complete fellowship that their doctrine and practice shall conform to their respective declarations.” (6) “We submit the above statements to other Lutheran bodies with a view to the establishment of pulpit and altar fellowship├║” Appended: the 1925 Minneapolis Theses and the parts of the Chicago Theses (formulated 1919) referred to in the Minneapolis Theses.

“An Overture for Lutheran Unity,” The Lutheran Outlook, IX (1944), 10–12; “An Overture for Lutheran Unity,” CTM, XV (1944), 193–197, 274–276.

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