Full Communion Partner: The Moravian Church – Northern and Southern Provinces

In 1997 the General Convention established an official Episcopal-Moravian dialogue with the Northern Province and the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America. The first dialogue between Anglicans and Moravians took place in the 1740s, with the British Parliament officially declaring the Moravians “an antient Protestant episcopal church” in 1749.  In the 1980s and 1990s, the Church of England and the Moravian Church British Province engaged in a sustained theological dialogue, producing the Fetter Lane Common Statement in 1995.

The Episcopal Church-Moravian Church dialogue met from 1999-2007. In 2003, the two churches entered into interim eucharistic sharing. In 2009, the General Convention approved “Finding Our Delight in the Lord,” a proposal for full communion between the two churches. The Moravian Church approved the proposal in 2010 at its provincial synods. The proposal, along with additional materials, can be found in the resource section below.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been in full communion with the Moravian Church since 1999, the same year it entered into a full communion relationship with the Episcopal Church.

The Moravian-Episcopal Coordinating Committee carries on the work of reception of the full communion agreement and the implementation of Principles for the Orderly Exchange of Clergy.

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