Sunday, February 24, 2013
“Full Communion Relationships: An Ecumenical Way Forward”
Offered in cooperation with Toledo Area Ministries and the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commission
Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
Bishop Lohrmann will address the nature of the full communion relationships that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has been engaged in with partner churches, most for over a decade. Such agreements make possible mutual worship, sharing of the Lord’s Supper and exchange of pastors, while also recognizing and respecting the differences of the churches. Bishop Lohrmann will reflect on and offer insightful advice on the success of such relationships, the challenges involved, and some of the issues that the ELCA and its full communion partners faced.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marcus Carl Lohrmann
The Rev. Dr. Marcus Carl Lohrmann serves as Bishop at the Northwestern Ohio Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Having been installed in that position in August 1998, he is currently serving his third six-year term.
Born in Waterloo, IA, Bishop Lohrmann received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in Exile and was ordained on October 2, 1988 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, MO, by the Rev. Dr. Harry Huxhold. He completed his Doctorate in Ministry at Christ Seminary – Seminex.
Past appointments include an internship at Our Redeemer of Indianapolis, IN (1974-76), Reverend at Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd of St. Louis, MO (1977-89), St. John in Hicksville, OH (1989-97), and Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania until August 1998, where he remains a member.
Bishop Lohrmann enjoys gardening, walking, reading and spending time with his family – wife Heidi, their three children and their spouses.