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December 14, 2011

Lutheran, Anglican Church Leaders Celebrate the Heart of Christmas

In their 2011 joint Christmas video, National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), share the story of the birth of Jesus as told in Luke 2:4-14.

We wish for you that peace and that joy as you celebrate the birth of our Lord, says Bishop Johnson in the video.

2011 marked the 10th anniversary of Full Communion between the ELCIC and ACC, and among Anglicans and Lutherans in the United States. In 2001, the ELCIC and ACC signed the Waterloo Declaration. The same year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) signed Called to Common Mission. A joint celebration of the 10th year anniversary took place on May 1 with parallel services in Fort Erie, Ont. and Buffalo, N.Y.

This year Anglican-Lutheran cooperation was also highlighted by joint ELCIC National Church Council and ACC Council of General Synod meetings at the beginning of April, signifying an important step in deepening the Full Communion relationship between the two churches.

In 2012, Lutherans and Anglicans will host a joint National Worship Conference (www.nationalworshipconference.org) and Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering (www.clay2012.ca).

Preparations are now underway for a July 2013 joint meeting of the ELCIC National Convention and the ACC General Synod in Ottawa, Ont.

View the Christmas video greeting here: http://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/default.cfm
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