Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A merger of three Lutheran churches formed the ELCA in 1988: the American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America. We trace our roots back through the mid-17th century, when early Lutherans came to America from Europe, settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now known as New York. Before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs.


Because we are a church that believes God is calling us into the world together, the ELCA is comprised of 65 synods, (“synod” means walking together”) that vary greatly in size, geography, membership, staffing and program.  The synods are grouped into nine regions. Gloria Dei is a member of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, which is part of Region 9.


The ELCA is a church that promotes ecumenical dialogue around the world, which has resulted in the establishment of cooperative “full communion” partnerships with the following Christian denominations:

Presbyterian Church USA

Reformed Church in America

United Church of Christ

The Episcopal Church

The Moravian Church

The United Methodist Church

Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confession of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean the two denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, denominations also respect differences. These denominations worship together, may exchange clergy and also share a commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world. Each entity agrees that even with differences, there is no difference that is church-dividing.  The characteristics of full communion are characteristics of theology and mission as related to the gospel, stressing a “one holy and catholic Church” that acts ecumenically for the sake of the world, not for itself alone.


now known as New York. Before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs.

Because we are a church that believes God is calling us into the world together, the ELCA is comprised of 65 synods, (“synod” means walking together”) that vary greatly in size, geography, membership, staffing and program.  The synods are grouped into nine regions. Gloria Dei is a member of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, which is part of Region 9.

The ELCA is a church that promotes ecumenical dialogue around the world, which has resulted in the establishment of cooperative “full communion” partnerships with the following Christian denominations:

Presbyterian Church USA

Reformed Church in America

United Church of Christ

The Episcopal Church

The Moravian Church

The United Methodist Church

Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confession of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean the two denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, denominations also respect differences. These denominations worship together, may exchange clergy and also share a commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world. Each entity agrees that even with differences, there is no difference that is church-dividing.  The characteristics of full communion are characteristics of theology and mission as related to the gospel, stressing a “one holy and catholic Church” that acts ecumenically for the sake of the world, not for itself alone.


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