Doctrine and Theology

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Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations

The Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CTICR) advises the LCA in matters of theology and in relationships with other Lutheran churches worldwide and churches of other denominations within Australia. The commission studies topical theological issues, with a view to giving its considered advice, in the form of agreed statements, to the presidents, the General Church Council, the pastors conferences and the broad membership of the LCA.

Through its ecumenical dialogues, it has an ongoing program of theological discussion with the major church bodies in Australia, it hears reports from the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the NCCA's theological body, the Faith and Unity Commission, and it monitors developments within Lutheran World Federation and the International Lutheran Council.

Doctrinal Statements and Opinions

Over the years the CTICR has produced Doctrinal Statements and Opinions (DSTOs) and other resources on behalf of the LCA. Many of these are available for download from the resource library.

Other statements and resources

Ecumenical Dialogues

The LCA is engaged in bilateral dialogue with the Anglican Church of Australia (since 1972), the Roman Catholic Church (since 1976) and the Uniting Church in Australia (since 1979). The dialogue with the Anglican Church and the Uniting Church are each seeking mutual recognition, while the dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church is seeking theological convergence. Our Lutheran participants on each dialogue are elected by the CTICR, acting on behalf of the LCA.

Australian Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue

This dialogue devotes itself to matters of faith (doctrine) and unity. The aim of the dialogue is that through the mutual study of the Scriptures and the Tradition of the church, especially our respective confessional documents, our two churches may grow in mutual understanding and confession of the truth of the gospel. The Lutheran co-chair of this dialogue is Dr Dean Zweck.

Major documents produced by the dialogue:

International Lutheran (LWF)—Roman Catholic Joint Commission

Lutheran-Anglican Dialogue

Major document produced by the dialogue:

Lutheran-Uniting Dialogue

Major document produced by the dialogue:

Theological issue currently under the spotlight:

The preparation of a draft doctrinal statement for the next General Convention of Synod that presents:

  • a theological basis for the ordination of women and men 
  • a theological basis for why the ordination of women and men need not be church divisive.

This task was given to the CTICR by the 2015 General Convention of Synod.

Contact us

Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations
Rev Dr Jeff Silcock (chairperson)
email cticr@lca.org.au

 

Theology and Inter-Church Relations
Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations

The Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CTICR) advises the LCA in matters of theology and in relationships with other Lutheran churches worldwide and churches of other denominations within Australia. The commission studies topical theological issues, with a view to giving its considered advice, in the form of agreed statements, to the presidents, the General Church Council, the pastors, conferences, and the broad membership of the LCA.

Through its ecumenical dialogues, it has an ongoing program of theological discussion with the major church bodies in Australia, it hears reports from the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the NCCA's theological body, the Faith and Unity Commission, and it monitors developments within Lutheran World Federation and the International Lutheran Council.
Current theological issues under the spotlight:

     Infant and child communion
     Prophecy in the church
     Human sexuality
     Deliverance ministries
     Hermeneutics
     Ecology
     Order of Creation
     Natural law
     Conscience

Contact the Commission
Ecumenical Dialogue
Australian Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue

The Lutheran participants in this dialogue are elected by the CTICR, acting on behalf of the church, to dialogue with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in matters of faith, doctrine, and practice. The aim of our dialogue is that through mutual study of the Scriptures, and in light of the teaching of the church throughout its history, and for our part the Lutheran Confessional writings in particular, our two churches may grow in mutual understanding and confession of the truth of the gospel.
Lutheran-Anglican Dialogue

Lutheran-Anglican Dialogue conducts bipartite dialogue with the Anglican Church of Australia with a view to closer cooperation between the two Churches.
Lutheran-Uniting Dialogue

Lutheran-Uniting Dialogue is currently working towards the adoption of a Declaration of Relationship between our two churches.
Related Resouces
LCA Resources

Doctrinal Statements and Theological Opinions of the LCA

Women's Ordination - Background Reading

          Controverted Matters in LCA Debate on Ordination of Women
          Authority and 'Power' in the Church
          The Gospel and the Interpretation of Scripture
          Ordination of Women: list of papers presented to CTICR Plenum
          The Pastoral Ministry
          Summaries on the Teaching of the Ordination of Men Only and the Case for the Ordination of Women in preparation for the 2006 Convention of Synod

The Lay Preacher

The Use of Personal Testimonies in Public Worship

Church Fellowship

Membership in LWF

One Loving God