Sharing with Lutherans

Published January 2, 2008

Anglicans and Lutherans have pledged to work more closely in many areas of mission and ministry, including addressing “matters of human need and global concerns,” and the formation for lay and ordained ministry.

“We encourage the congregations of our churches to be imaginative in discovering ways to celebrate and work together,” said a communique released shortly after a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Nov. 22-25 at St. Paul’s Anglican church in Toronto.

At the meeting, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Bishop Susan Johnson, national bishop of the ELCIC, expressed their hopes that the two churches would “continue to grow into the full communion established in Waterloo in 2001.”

The communique added that “at a time when much of our attention is focused on divisions within the Christian communions we represent, we share with Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada that there is much in which to rejoice and many reasons to look forward to our churches working collaboratively in many areas of mission and ministry.”


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