« This has led to a theological dialogue about writing and the distinction between our four churches, » Lohre said. « Together, we wrote a theological report confirming that these differences were not free of church. It was one of the greatest examples of mutual exhortation and confirmation and how the agreement was subject to significant differences. With regard to historical differences on individual double predestination, the formulas that the Reformed and Lutherans can agree that salvation by grace by faith alone and that « Although Lutherans and Reformed people have different priorities in how they make their faith in the sovereignty of God`s love, they agree that « God`s unconditional will to save from all optimism or cultural pessimism must be preached » ( Common Vocation), 54).  It is recalled that « a common language that transcends the polemic of the past and which witnesses the common predestination of Lutheran and Reformed churches has already appeared in theological writings and official or unofficial declarations in our Churches » (A Common Vocation, page 55).  Theologically, the biggest problem was the differences of opinion between Lutherans and Reformed, which are due to differences over the Lord`s Supper, with Lutherans arguing that Christ is physically present in the elements, while the Reformed argued that Christ is present in spirit. The formulas note that « theological conversations have recognized that it is not possible to reconcile 16th century denominational formulations with a « common language . . . . who could live up to all the insights, convictions and concerns of our forefathers in the faith » (A Common Calling, 49). However, theological conversations have recognized these persistent differences as acceptable differences with respect to the Lord`s Supper. Referring to the 1973 Leuenberg Agreement between several Lutheran and Reformed Churches in Europe, he notes that the formula of the agreement is maintained by a framework of mutual affirmation and exhortation that allows unity in diversity rather than uniformity.
The agreement states: « While conventional logics conceal the foundations of unity behind the foundations of the thought of differences, the new concept emphasizes that, while the remaining differences must be recognized, even to the extent of their intransigence, the inherent unity in Christ is essential. » The ELCA currently has three other conventions of full communion, with the Episcopal Church, the Moravian Church of America and the United Methodist Church. During the Jubilee celebration, the participating churches recalled the purpose and intent of the Agreement, recognizing and confirming the Word and the Last Supper, but also recalling the need for conversion and reconciliation. The agreement will be very different in 19 years. The ELCA approved ordinations for homosexuals at its 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis. Two years later, the PCUSA amended its « loyalty and chastity » clause to allow gays and lesbians to serve nothing less than right to serve « the reign of Jesus Christ. » In 1997, the UCC was the only church to ordain homosexual officials.