We're already in full communion. Now we'll also be in full convention.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada will hold a joint national convention June 21-24, 2007 in Winnipeg, ELCIC delegates were told yesterday.
It will be the first joint convention for Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans since the Waterloo Declaration of 2001 placed the two churches in full communion with each other.
This allows members of both churches to commune in each other's parishes. It also enables Lutheran pastors and Anglican rectors to be called to each other's pulpits and to administer the sacraments.
The ELCIC and the Anglican Church will hold their business sessions separately. But there will be opportunities for some joint sessions, said Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada,
Hutchison brought greetings from the Anglican Church of Canada to the ELCIC convention yesterday morning.