The religious landscape of America is broad. Each day brings an even greater diversity.
Saint Peter’s Church is a leader in religious dialogue, both among Christians and other faiths. It is also deeply committed to raising up capable leaders for the whole church.
Having served the midtown neighborhood together for a century, perhaps the strongest and longest-continuing interfaith relationship between Saint Peter’s Church and another religious institution is that with neighboring Central Synagogue. The two congregations regularly engage in activities and dialogue together, including the annual remembrance of the holocaust.
Saint Peter’s Church engages in a variety of other interfaith partnerships and dialogues. Its clergy are members of the Partnership of Faith, the Faith and Public Policy Roundtable, and New Sanctuary Coalition NYC.
Saint Peter’s Church is a leader in encouraging and facilitating dialogue and cooperation across Christian denominations. It celebrates the many full partnerships between Lutherans and other Christian denominations that allow for churches to be served by each other’s clergy. Saint Peter’s Church is particularly proud to have an ecumenical pastoral staff.
Saint Peter’s Church is a member parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest American expression of the evangelical-catholic reform movement within the whole church. Lutherans continue to hold that all people are saved by faith apart from works.
The regional expression of the ELCA is the Metropolitan New York Synod. The world-wide communion is the Lutheran World Federation.
Saint Peter’s Church actively supports the work of Lutherans Concerned-North America and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Both of these organizations seek the full participation of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church. Thanks to this work, the ELCA recently removed exclusionary language from its governing documents, affirming LGBTQ persons in committed relationships who serve the church openly.
Saint Peter’s Church partners with churches throughout the world, including Hope Lutheran Church and School in Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Cathedral of the Northwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Congregacion Luterana LA REFORMA in Argentina, and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In partnership with the Fund for Theological Education and Lilly Endowment, Saint Peter’s Church provides opportunities for early church leaders to learn healthy and effective patterns of ministry.
Saint Peter’s Church is a site for an ecumenical Transition into Ministry program hosted by a number of midtown parishes. Every two years it seeks out ecumenical candidates to serve as Pastoral Residents.
Saint Peter’s Church is also a place for seminarians to grow, either on a short-term or long-term basis. Many area theological schools are glad for their students to learn ministry skills at Saint Peter’s Church. In partnership with Lutheran seminaries, Saint Peter’s Church occasionally offers a year-long vicarage for persons preparing for ordination.
Saint Peter’s Church regularly prays for all these partners, and supports and partners with them in a variety of creative ways, including dialogues, exchanges, direct institutional support and leadership development.