VELKDVereinigte Evangelisch Lutherische Kirche Deutschlands (German church group)
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29-31 meeting of the VELKD synod, the German Lutherans appear to have settled on a "connection model," which would enhance their participation in the EKD but keep their structures distinct.
Erwartungen des bayerischen Landebischofs and Catholica-Beauflragten der VELKD," pp.
Zu einem Positionspapier der Kirchenleitung der VELKD," pp.
3 A new perception of the Declaration as a confession at the Reisensburg Symposium of the VELKD
So it was, for example, that the suggestion made in 1949 that a common communion service should be held at the next EKD synod came to nothing because the VELKD, which had meanwhile also been founded, objected that the emergency wartime situation should not be taken up as general practice.
That being said, the new constitution of the VELKD of 3 Match 2007 does not seem to have incorporated this change for, with regard to Barmen, it has not moved away from the well-known minimal reception of 1948: "The rejections expressed there, interpreted by the Lutheran confession of faith, continue to be the standard for the Church's action.
While the VELKD has good reasons to insist on the confessional basis of its faith and action, is it not perhaps time, after 75 years of careful testing and interpretation, to set the Barmen Declaration of 1934, which also had the assent of legitimate confessional Lutheran representatives, on an equal footing alongside the Lutheran confession according to its constitution, the "unaltered Augsburg Confession" and Luther's Small Catechism?
United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany: Die Ehe als Leitbild christlicher Orientierung: Gutachtliche Stellungnahme der Kirchenleitung der VELKD zum Einspruch des Bischofskollegiums gegen einen Beschluss der Synode der Nordelbischen Ev.