Attention is being given among various blogging sites for an understanding of any rationale for Lutheran unity. As a public service Lutheran Colportage presents this essential document of the Lutheran faith (source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, p. 10).
Article VII, The Church
"We teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints. in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the sacraments rightly administered. And concerning the true unity of the Church, it is enough to agree concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments. Nor is it necessary that human tradition, rites, or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be the same everywhere. As St. Paul says, 'One faith, one baptism, one god and Father of all.' etc. [Eph. 4:5,6]"