On Jan. 6, 2001, after 30 years of dialogue, the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while maintaining their autonomy, agreed to come together to work for joint mission in the world and to allow clergy to move freely between the two churches.
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The day’s events included first a common prayer in Lund Cathedral, led by Pope Francis and Lutheran World Federation President Munib Younan and General Secretary Martin Junge; the procession was led by a Salvadoran cross created for the occasion and involved women and men from every continent and many generations.
The Episcopal Church was invited to attend through our ecumenical partnerships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American and the Church of Sweden. The Rev. Margaret Rose, Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, attended on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The liturgical celebration in Lund was followed in the afternoon with an event at the nearby Malmö sports arena and included a joint commitment between the Lutheran World Federation and Caritas International to work together to alleviate poverty and respond to refugees.
This event included music and testimonies around a large, illuminated floor cross. Anglican and other ecumenical partners from around the globe were represented in this diverse and marvelous gathering of confession, repentance and call to action.
A statement from the heads of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada marking twelve years of full communion.