I create a Theme issue and I can link Epics to Themes using the Parent Lin field.
But how can I link Stories to themes? I want a story without a parent epic to be linked to a theme and as long as I don't have an Epic Link set on the story, I get the selection box, but typing in Theme Names or IDs does not find any Themes.
We call what you call a theme, an initiative but essentially it does not matter as both represent a work item with higher hierarchy than an epic.
Answering your question, there is no way to link a story to a higher level work item other than epics. That means you can't "jump over" an hierarchy level. I.e: a sub-task can't be linked to an epic.
Hope that helps,
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