‘Transformed by the encounter with the other’

Anglicans and Lutherans celebrate in song the agreement on full communion in Waterloo, Ont., July 8, 2001. Photo: Vianney Carriere
Published June 1, 2021

Announcing an Anglican-Lutheran collaboration

This July marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Waterloo Declaration, a formal agreement for full communion between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). And as they did in 2013 in Ottawa, the national governing bodies of the two churches will be meeting again in a single Assembly July 2022 in Calgary.

With both these milestones in mind, the Anglican Journal and Canada Lutheran have embarked on a collaborative project. For our June issues, we’re sharing the same feature article—written jointly by Anglican and Lutheran writers— looking back on the history of full communion (please see “The Waterloo Declaration at 20”). We’re also doing a “column swap”: ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson shares her reflections with us (please see “‘Like trees planted by streams of water,’”) while columns by our primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, and National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald appear this month in Canada Lutheran. Meanwhile, we’re preparing a series of articles engaging Anglicans and Lutherans in dialogue about a variety of topics—all of them to run in both publications as Assembly 2022 approaches.

It’s our hope this collaboration will help foster dialogue about opportunities, challenges and dreams for our common future. We hope you enjoy reading the result of this shared work as much we enjoyed putting it together.

Tali Folkins is the acting editor of the Anglican Journal. Kenn Ward is the editor of Canada Lutheran.


  • Tali Folkins

    Tali Folkins joined the Anglican Journal in 2015 as staff writer, and has served as editor since October 2021. He has worked as a staff reporter for Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. His freelance writing credits include work for newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail and the former United Church Observer (now Broadview). He has a journalism degree from the University of King’s College and a master’s degree in Classics from Dalhousie University.

  • Kenn Ward

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