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United Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD)
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[German Version]

I. History

This institution, founded in 1948 (a German Federal Church with eight member churches) has a prehistory rooted in the 19th century which presupposes the confessional division of German Protestantism from 1529 to 1648. It is based on the axiom that, according to CA 7, all churches that follow the Lutheran confessional documents form a single church. This also results in fellowship in the Lutheran World Federation.


Because of a lack of precision in the terms “confession” and “Lutheran,” and the persistency of the Landeskir…

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Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter and Christoph, Joachim E., “United Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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