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Who are Lutherans?


Written with the help of Angel of Joy Church, ELCA

If you were to boil down Lutheran beliefs to one word, a strong candidate for that word would be grace.  Grace is a word that describes God’s unconditional and steadfast love.  This grace is shown in countless ways, but most clearly of all in the good news that we are freely saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   Most Christian denominations point to God’s grace, but Lutherans tend to get really radical about it.

Gustavus Adolphus (GA) is a member of  the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It has over five million members in the U.S. and was formed in 1987 through the merger of three Lutheran denominations.   The ELCA tends toward the middle of the spectrum in American Christianity on both religious and social issues.  We tend to be neither widely liberal nor staunchly conservative.  We also feel it is important to work cooperatively with other denominations and have close ties to the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, United Church of Christ, United Methodists, Catholics, and many other denominations.