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An Open Letter to the Muslim Community  

Dear Muslim neighbors,  

Greetings to you for a joyous Eid al-Fitr.   

On this blessed occasion, I write to share “A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Muslim Community.” Through this message to you, we recommit ourselves to the heart of both our theological traditions: love of God and love of neighbor. 

Lutherans and Muslims have engaged in a dialogue of life, learning from our differences and growing in our common beliefs. We have discovered friendship and solidarity, working shoulder to shoulder toward a better life for all people and creation. Along the way, we have come to know each other, and ourselves. 

Christ commanded us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19). Yet to truly love you, we must know you. That is why I am always moved when I hear the Qur’anic teaching that Allah (God) made humans so “that we may know one another” (Surah 49:13). We have come to expect great joy in knowing you. We give thanks for you, our neighbors, who reflect God’s generous love.   

Eid Mubarak,   

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

For information contact:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
Public Relations Manager
773-380-2877
Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org.

 

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