Joint Anglican-Lutheran national meeting in 2013

Archbishop Fred Hiltz and National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Photo: Michael Hudson/GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS
Archbishop Fred Hiltz and National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Photo: Michael Hudson/GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS
By on January 1, 2012

The first joint Anglican-Lutheran national meeting in 2013 will be “a tremendous ecumenical witness to the whole church,” says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The historic four-day meeting will take place on July 3 to 7, 2013, at the Ottawa Convention Centre, Hiltz told CoGS. The theme will be “Together for the love of the world.”

Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary, urged CoGS members to be open to change. “There will be conversations about the future” and the meeting will have “a great capacity to refresh the discourses of the two churches,” said Thompson.

“Each church is ‘letting go’ of some of its traditional planning models; each church is adopting new ways of looking at Synod/Convention planning, and each church is risking, in faith, some new and unknown territory,” said a written report to CoGS by Dean Peter Wall, chair of the General Synod Planning Committee.

Some CoGS members expressed concern about what issues and work will be given up because of time constraints, while others stressed the importance of “keeping community” among Anglican delegates who attend the triennial meeting. The last General Synod was held in Halifax from June 4 to 11, 2010.

A joint planning group has already met several times and visited the convention site.

Among other things, joint worship, joint mission work, and a joint “witness event” on Parliament Hill are being planned.

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    Marites (Tess) Sison was editor of the Anglican Journal from August 2014 to July 2018, and senior staff writer from December 2003 to July 2014. An award-winning journalist, she has more that three decades of professional journalism experience in Canada and overseas. She has contributed to The Toronto Star and CBC Radio, and worked as a stringer for The New York Times.

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