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June 25, 2013

Full communion leaders offer a "Word to the Churches"

The leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have prepared A Word to the Churches.

The letter is intended to be shared in congregations leading up to the 2013 Joint Assembly.

The joint declaration comes just a few days before first ever Joint Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada which will take place in Ottawa, July 3-7, 2013. This national meeting will gather more than 800 Lutherans and Anglicans for worship, fellowship and important ministry decisions.
 
A Word to the Churches celebrates the fruits of a dozen years of full communion between between Lutherans and Anglicans in Canada, and Lutherans and Episcopalians in the United States. It also points to a number of ways in which the churches could be working still more collaboratively in mission and ministry, both within their respective countries and across the international boundary.

Read the full text of the letter here:
http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/AWordtotheChurches.pdf

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