"Instead of featuring photos of Anglican churches from across the country, next year's calendar  will show Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans engaged in mission work, the national office announced earlier this year". "'There are some beautiful church buildings, there's no doubt about that', he said. 'But the loveliest thing about the church is God's people engaged in the transforming mission of God; feeding the hungry and looking after .. the poor, sheltering AA groups, welcoming refugees'. Production of the calendar, formerly handled by the 'Anglican Journal', will now be overseen by Trina Gallop Blank, director of communications and stewardship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Meghan Kilty, director of communication and information resources for the Anglican Church of Canada. The new concept for the calendar stems from a meeting between the Anglican and Lutheran staff in 2014. The ELCIC had been expressing interest in a jointly produced calendar for several years already".
The Anglican diocese of Calgary, the Roman Catholic diocese of Calgary, and the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, have formed a task force to develop a covenant between the three churches.
"As anticipation of July's  joint Anglican-Lutheran assembly intensifies, an experimental issue of 'Rupert's Land News' (RLN) features contributors from both churches (rupertslandnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/RLN-January-2013.pdf). 'By the time Joint Assembly happens, our readers should already know that the Anglicans and the Lutherans of this region have a relationship', says Terence Moore, RLN editor. RLN increased its January 2013 run of 4,070 by 2,800 copies, which were hand-delivered to members of the 39 Lutheran congregations within Rupert's Land. 'The entire marginal cost was less than $400', says Moore, who co-edited the issues with Rick Scherger, communications co-ordinator for the Lutheran synod of Manitoba Northwestern Ontario. 'The two bishops will decide who picks up what'. Contributors include the two respective bishops, the Lutheran dean of the diocese of Rupert's Land and a Lutheran pastor. If interest warrants, the experiment may be repeated. 'The distribution is difficult, so we will not decide this lightly'." [Text of entire article.]
"Four Advent devotions, written by four leaders of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in North America, have been made available to members of all four churches". "On October 12-13 , Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, met with National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Church (TEC); and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The meeting, held at the ELCA office in Chicago, was the four bishops' latest four-way dialogue, a tradition of informal annual meetings begun in 2010". "The [Advent] devotions are on the theme of next year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation: 'Liberated by God's Grace', and three of the theme's sib-headings: 'salvation not for sale, human beings not for sale and creation not for sale'." "The four also heard reports on the progress of the two Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical bodies in Canada and the U.S., the Joint Commission for Anglican Lutheran Communion in Canada and the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee".
Toronto, April 29, 1994 -- An Anglican bishop will help to consecrate a bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia Abroad, signalling a step toward full communion of the Lutheran and Anglican churches.
On Sunday, May 1, Dean Elmars Rozitis of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia will be consecrated bishop of that church, to serve in Canada. At the invitation of the Latvian Church, the Rt. Rev'd Arthur Brown, retired Suffragan Bishop of Toronto of the Anglican Church of Canada, will participate in the laying on of hands at the ceremony. Bishop Brown will be representing both Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. The Bishop of Stockholm, of the Church of Sweden, Dr. Henrik Svenungsson, will be the chief celebrant at the service, which will be held at St. Andrew's Lutheran church at 383 Jarvis St. in Toronto.
The participation of an Anglican bishop in the consecration of a Latvian Lutheran bishop marks the recognition of the close relationship which exists between our two churches, since we hold "the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith" in common.
In 1939, the Church of England reached an agreement with the Latvian and Estonian churches, which called for, among other things, the mutual participation in episcopal consecrations. Because of the circumstances of World War II and its political aftermath, it was not possible for the agreement to be acted on. In 1989, the Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar took part in the consecration of the Archbishop of Latvia. The Anglican Church of Canada is happy to share in the recognition given by the Church of England.
Anglican and Lutheran churches in many parts of the world have been engaged in a process of dialogue and co-operation which is hoped will result in the two churches affirming that they are in full communion with each other.
Although the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have not yet reached the level of agreement which the Church of England and the Church of Latvia have achieved, a process is underway which calls for full mutual recognition by 2001. The two Canadian churches reached an agreement in 1989 on eucharistic sharing, whereby members of one church may receive the sacrament in the other church. They are currently studying ways of mutually recognizing the ministries of clergy and bishops in each other's church.
Contact: Rev. Alyson Barnett-Cowan Ecumenical Assistant to the General Secretary 416-924-9199 ext. 281 416-924-0211 FAX
"Edited by Sven Oppegaard [and] Gregory Cameron on behalf of The Lutheran World Federation [and] Anglican Consultative Council".
"The present publication contains reports and agreements achieved by Anglican-Lutheran dialogues at regional and international levels. These documents have all been published separately before, and the international agreements have also been collected in `Growth in Agreement', volumes I and II, published by the WCC, Geneva, in 1984 and 2000. It is the first time, however, that this sequence of ecumenical texts, including main documents from regional developments, is collected for comprehensive reference and study". -- Editors' Preface.
"In no other bilateral relationships have so many agreements of church union been reached, and these agreements have in some cases been extended to include churches of the Reformed tradition. Despite the fact that these developments have become quite well known, the texts of many of the agreements have not been easily available. It is with great satisfaction, therefore, that the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran World Federation together present this collection of all the major Anglican-Lutheran agreements of the last thirty years. Having these documents in one volume also makes it easier to see the processes which led to their creation and to make cross references." -- Foreword.
Contents: Editors' Preface / Sven Oppegaard and Gregory Cameron -- Foreword / John L. Peterson and Ishmael Noko -- Anglican-Lutheran Agreements : A Brief Orientation / David Tustin and Michael Root -- Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Conversations 1970-1972 : Pullach, 1972 -- The Report of the Anglican-Lutheran European Regional Commission : Helsinki, August-September 1982 -- Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group : Cold Ash, Berkshire, England, 28 November - 3 December 1983 -- The Niagara Report : Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Consultation on Episcope : Niagara Falls, September 1987 / Anglican-Lutheran International Continuation Committee -- On the Way to Visible Unity : A Common Statement : Meissen, 18 March 1988 -- The Porvoo Common Statement : Text agreed at the fourth plenary meeting, held at Jarvenpaa. Finland, 9-13 October 1992 -- The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity : The Hanover Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission -- Called to Witness and Service : The Reuilly Common Statement -- Called to Common Mission : A :Lutheran Proposal for a Revision of the Concordat of Agreement : As adopted by the 1999 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church -- Called to Full Communion : The Waterloo Declaration : As approved by the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, Waterloo, Ontario, 2001 -- Common Ground : Covenanting for Mutual Recognition and Reconciliation between The Anglican Church of Australia and The Lutheran Church of Australia : A Report from the Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue in Australia -- Anglican-Lutheran Developments in Africa -- The All Africa Anglican-Lutheran Commission : Nairobi, Kenya, 1-4 April 2001 : Report -- Growth in Communion : Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Working Group 2000-2002.
The author, a Lutheran pastor, was involved in Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical cooperation and parish ministry twenty-five years ago. He comments on the current state of Anglican-Lutheran relations and points to the "Evangelical Declaration" adopted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in July 1997 which said that "we commit ourselves, as church to share our gifts with the whole people of God beyond our specific denominational and national context".
That this Council of General Synod welcome the Anglican Lutheran Joint Working Group's Draft Declaration of Full Communion between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada; and that it give approval to the circulation of "CALD [i.e. Called to Full Communion] throughout the Anglican Church of Canada for study and comment. CARRIED #07-11-97