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March 29, 2012

Lutheran and Anglican Leaders Offer Joint Easter Message

In a new online video, National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) offer a joint Easter message to the two churches.

The two leaders share the message of the Easter story in this two-minute video; including in their greeting a reading from Luke 24:1-12.

With Peter and all the disciples, we are still amazed at the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead, says Archbishop Hiltz. For us it is no idle tale. It is the heart and hope of our faith.

We wish you a joyous celebration of the resurrection this Easter, says Bishop Johnson.

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, 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 Assembly of the ELCIC National Convention and the ACC General Synod in Ottawa, Ont. ((

View the Easter video message here: http://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/default.cfm

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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