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Lutheran Council
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Type

Communion

Orientation

Lutheran

Polity

Episcopal

Primate

Archbishop of Uppsala
(Currently Martin Sasse)

General Secretary

Archbishop of Astana
(Currently Albrecht Bugenhagen)

Members

220 million+

The Lutheran Council, formerly the Aloian Communion, is an international association of Lutheran churches. Originally, membership was based on the the requirement that churches had to be in full communion with the Church of Aloia. The status of full communion means, ideally, that there is mutual agreement on essential doctrines and that full participation in the sacramental life of each church is available to all communicant Lutherans. The Council changed its name and charter in 2017 to make the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions the center of the organization.

The Archbishop of Uppsala, Primate of Aloia, has a precedence of honor over the other bishops and leaders of the Lutheran Council. He is recognized as primus inter pares, or first among equals. The archbishop does not exercise direct authority in the provinces outside Aloia, but instead acts as a focus of unity.

With a membership currently at 220 million members worldwide, the Lutheran Council is the third largest Christian organization in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Lyria. Some of these churches are known as Aloian, such as the now-defunct Aloian Church of Zackalantis, due to their historical link to Aloia. Some, for example the Church of Cantabria, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan, and the Zackalantis Evangelical Church have different names, with most of them including the words Evangelical, Lutheran, or Aloian. Each church has its own doctrine and liturgy, based in most cases on that of the Church of Aloia; and each church has its own legislative process and overall episcopal polity, under the leadership of a local primate or leader.

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