Dialogue Description

The Lutheran ― Orthodox Dialogue
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Meetings and Documents
  • June 8-16, 1968 – Chambésy/Geneva, Switzerland
    • “Fourth Pan-Orthodox conference passed positive judgement and decided to encourage the process of establishing an
      Inter-Orthodox commission to prepare an official dialogue which began in 1981”
  • March 26-28, 1974 – Liebfrauenberg, France
    • Inter-Lutheran consultation organized by the Institute for Ecumenical Research of Strasbourg and by the
      Lutheran World Federation on the assumptions of a worldwide Lutheran-Orthodox dialogue
  • Inter-Orthodox Preparatory meetings
    • November 4-9, 1978 – Sigtuna, Sweden
    • September 16-26, 1979 – Amelungsborn/Hanover, Germany
    • September 6-13, 1980 – Skálholt, Iceland
      “Discussion on the nature of the Church; action of the Holy Spirit in the Church; unity of faith and limits of the Church;
      sacraments; Scripture and Tradition”
  • Lutheran Preparatory Committee meeting
    • April 30 – May 3, 1978 – Chambésy, Switzerland
      March 4-10, 1980 – Chania, Crete, Greece


  1. August 27-September 4, 1981 – Espoo, Finland
    “Theme of participation in the mystery of the church; establishment of joint sub-commissions to set forth the basic

    March 27-April 3, 1982 – Penteli/Athens, Greece
    Sub-commission meeting: “drafted texts on the themes of the Holy Trinity and the church; the church in the history of
    salvation; the marks of the church; the way in which the salvation of humanity which Christ wrought is communicated in
    and through the church”
  2. May 23-29, 1983 – Limassol, Cyprus
    “Methodological question of by what route could the staged goal be approached”
  3. May 24-30, 1985 – Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
    “Formulation of agreed statement” – DIVINE REVELATION
    August 21-26, 1986 – Bossey/Geneva, Switzerland
    Sub-commission meeting: “drafted a text on scripture and tradition to be taken up in plenary session”
  4. May 28-June 2, 1987 – Chania, Crete, Greece
    “Worked out differences to finalize an agreed statement” – SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION

    October 10-12, 1988 – Venice, Italy
    Sub-commission meeting: “the canon and inspiration of Holy Scripture”
  5. September 2-7, 1989 – Bad Segeberg, Germany
    “Reformulation and discussion of the draft from Venice leading to a joint statement” – THE CANON AND THE

    June 26-30, 1990 – Châtenay Malabry/Paris, France
    Sub-commission meeting: “studied the first of the sub-themes on authority of the ecumenical councils”
  6. May 31-June 8, 1991 – Moscow, Russia
    “Work began on a new theme; authority in and of the church in the light of the ecumenical councils”

    June 17-21, 1992 – Geneva, Switzerland
    Sub-commission meeting: “authority in and of the Church; ecumenical councils”
  7. July 5-10, 1993 – Sandbjerg, Denmark
    “Finalized work on the first sub-theme and issued an agreed statement” – THE AUTHORITY IN AND OF THE

    July 5-10, 1994 – Venice, Italy
    Sub-commission meeting: “the understanding of salvation in the light of the ecumenical councils”
  8. August 1-8, 1995 – Limassol, Cyprus
    “Finalized work on the second sub-theme and issued an agreed statement” – UNDERSTANDING SALVATION IN

    October 9-11, 1997 – Princeton, New Jersey USA
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on draft ‘Salvation: Grace, Justification and Synergy’, present: Lutherans: Lazareth
    (Pres.), Aagard, Marshall, Saarinen, Sven Oppegaard; Orthodox: Spiridon (Pres.), Chrysanthos, Gennadios, Pheidas”
  9. July 31-August 8, 1998 – Sigtuna, Sweden
    “Examined and studied a draft text on salvation prepared by the sub-commission” – SALVATION: GRACE,

    October 9-14, 1999 – Chania, Crete, Greece
    Preparatory sub-commission meeting: “Word and sacrament in the life of the Church”
  10. November 3-10, 2000 – Damascus, Syria
    “Finalized the theme elaborated by the sub-commission” – WORD AND SACRAMENT (MYSTERIA) IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

    February 19-23, 2002 – St. Petersburg, Russia
    Sub-commission meeting: “Sacraments as means of salvation”
  11. October 3-10, 2002 – Oslo, Norway
    “Finalized and published agreed statement” – THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH: MYSTERIA/SACRAMENTS AS

    October 1-6, 2003: Ierapetra, Creta, Greece
    Preparatory sub-commissions: “The mystery of the Church; baptism and chrismation as sacraments of initiation into
    the Church”
  12. October 6-15, 2004 – Duràu, Romania
    “Finalized and published an agreed statement on Baptism” -THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH: BAPTISM AND

    October 8-13, 2005 – Erlangen, Germany
    Preparatory sub-commission: “The holy eucharist in the life of the Church”
  13. November 2-9, 2006 – Bratislava, Slovakia
    “Themes explored included: spirituality of the eucharist and practical implications; Lutheran understanding of the
    eucharist; the holy sacrament/mysterion of the eucharist; place of the eucharist in the divine economy of salvation;
    metabole or transsubstantiatio” – THE HOLY EUCHARIST IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

    October 3-8, 2007 – Joensuu, Finland
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on a draft concerning ecological and social implications of the eucharist” – COMMUNIQUÉ
  14. May 30-June 7, 2008 – Paphos, Cyprus
    “Received work of the sub-committee and the themes of: the preparation for participation in and canonical celebration of
    the eucharist; eucharist and mission of the Orthodox church; a possible Orthodox eucharistic ecological theology; social
    and ethical aspects of the eucharist” – COMMUNIQUÉ and THE HOLY EUCHARIST IN THE LIFE OF THE

    May 4-9, 2009 – Skálholt and Reykjavik, Iceland
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on the nature and attributes/properties of the Church” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    May 25-31, 2010 – Bethlehem, Palestine
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on the mission of the Church” – COMMUNIQUÉ
    Inter-Orthodox meeting:

    May 2-5, 2011 – Penteli/Athens, Greece
    “An Orthodox evaluation of the dialogue from its inception 1981 until the present” – COMMUNIQUÉ and AN INTER-ORTHODOX EVALUATION OF THE DIALOGUE

  15. May 31-June 7, 2011 – Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
    “The dialogue began a new phase with the exploration of the themes of ministry, priesthood and ordination” –

    May 5-10, 2012 – London, England
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on the new themes of ministry, priesthood and ordination”

    May 24-29, 2013 – Sibiu, Romania
    Sub-commission meeting: “work continued on the new themes ; Lutheran understanding of ministry/priesthood
    during the period of the Reformation; apostolic succession and ordination from a historical, patristic and canonical point
    of view” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    May 8-13, 2014 – Tallinn, Estonia
    Sub-commission meeting: “work continued on the new theme; liturgical texts on rites of ordination in the Orthodox and Lutheran traditions; the understanding of the roe and place of women to the priesthood in the Church and the question of the ordination of women” – COMMUNIQUÉ

  16. April 28-May 5, 2015 – Rhodes, Greece
    “The Commission studied papers and reports from the Preparatory Meetings of London, Sibiu and Tallinn, as well as
    new papers from both sides with commentaries on the above-mentioned Draft Statements. Intensive discussions revealed
    the need for further research especially on the Biblical foundations and early Church teachings and on the Apostolicity of
    the Church, concerning the office of Ministry/Priesthood in both traditions. The Plenary Meeting formulated a new
    provisional Statement that will be developed further in the forth-coming meetings in the near future” –

    December 7-13, 2016 – Nicosia, Cyprus
    Sub-commission meeting: “discussions on the overall theme of Ministry/Priesthood in light of the following
    sub-themes: a) Biblical foundations of Ordained Ministry/Priesthood in Orthodox and in Lutheran traditions, b) The Ordained Ministry/Priesthood in the Early Church, in the Ecumenical Councils and in the Medieval Church tradition,
    c) The Relationship between the Royal Priesthood and the Ordained Ministry/Priesthood and d) Episcopate and
    Apostolic Succession” – COMMUNIQUÉ
  17. November 7-14, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland
    “Discussions were had on the presented papers; a Joint Drafting Committee was assigned to finalize the Nicosia
    Statement in view of the presented papers and the discussions. A modified draft Statement was presented to the
    Commission and was amended and approved. This common Statement identified areas where Orthodox and Lutherans
    agree and disagree on several topics between the two traditions. In addition, the Commission had a thorough discussion
    on the future of the dialogue. It was decided that the main topic for discussions on the next phase will be ‘the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church’” – COMMUNIQUÉ and COMMON STATEMENT: ORDAINED

    September 24-October 1, 2019 – Tirana, Albania
    Sub-commission meeting: “work on new theme: the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church”
  18. May 29-June 4, 2020 – Germany
    Postponed because of COVID 19 pandemic

Metropolitan Emilianos of Silyvria (1968-
Archbishop Spyridon Papageorgiou (1995-
Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (2007-
Dr Georg Kretschmar, Germany (1968-1986)
Bishop Karl-Heinz Stoll, Germany (1987-1989)
Bishop William Lazareth, USA (1990-
Bishop Donald J. McCoid, USA (2007-2009)
Bishop Christoph Klein, Romania (2013-2016)
Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Sweden (2017


Patriarchal Deacon Dr. Theodoros Meimaris (2007
Dr. Kathryn L. Johnson (2007-2011)
Rev. Dr. Kaisamari Hintikka (2013

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