The Rt. Rev. Dr. Hausuankap Manlun, Bishop MELC and his team arrived home safe and sound after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on the 15th July, 2018 at New Bongaigoan, Assam. It’s a milestone for the MELC who had dreamed of it since the time of its conversion to the Lutheran Church.
They have been rendered a warm welcome by veteran church leaders on the 17th July, 2018 at MELC HQ. Church, Zomi Colony.
THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA and THE MANIPUR EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Both the parties pledged to cooperate in an equal partnership of Christian fellowship, to further the preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ so that all people can come to accept the love and salvation of God.
The Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church (MELC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) understand this companion relationship to be in no way exclusive and acknowledge and respect each other’s selfhood.
Both the parties affirmed the unity of the Church in the Lord and agreed to strive together so that God’s love, justice, peace and salvation may be demonstrated in the world.
They agreed to exchange information to enable to understand each other’s situation (culture, history, religious expressions, traditions, etc.) and fulfill their commitment of mutual solidarity.
They also agreed to strive to strengthen their common Lutheran identity within the context of the global communion and the wider Asia region; and reflecting the contexts and times in which they live.
Both Parties also agreed to provide opportunities for short or longer term exchanges of personnel [such as global personnel, pastors, evangelists, seminary students, women, young people, students, professors and specialists] for Christian fellowship, mutual enrichment, service, communication, study and observation; and mutual visits by church leaders.
This MoU covers a wide range of agreements between the two denominations which is effective upon signing on this day of 15 July, 2018.