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
"Latvian Lutherans have postponed signing the Porvoo Declaration because of unhappiness with the Thirty-Nine Articles." "Their reservations about Porvoo are to do with concern over the Calvinism reflected in the Anglican formularies -- especially the 39 Articles; over whether the terms of agreement were consonant with Lutheran contemporary matters such as women priests and homosexuality".
"The Porvoo Declaration, which Archbishop George Carey calls the most important ecumenical agreement this century, was signed at Trondheim, Norway, on 1 September . Under the Declaration, the Anglican Churches in Britain and Ireland and the Lutheran Churches in the Nordic and Baltic countries of Europe have agreed to interchangeable ministries and full Eucharistic communion." The Porvoo Common Statement includes the Porvoo Declaration.
"The prospect of closer communion between Lutheran and Anglican Churches in northern Europe was boosted when church representatives approved a working paper at their fourth and final plenary session, held in Jarvenpaa, Finland from 9-13 October . The document proposes that closer communion and practical co-operation be established between the Lutheran Churches in the Nordic and Baltic regions and the Anglican Churches in Britain and Ireland".
"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.
Cover title: Anglican- Lutheran Dialogue: The Report of the European Commission.
"The following Report is the outcome of three meetings of the Anglican-Lutheran European Commission over the period 1980-82. This Commission was set up at the request of the Anglican Consultative Council and the Lutheran World Federation.". -- Preface.
"The important practical recommendations include proposals for fuller mutual participation in eucharistic worship. The doctrinal agreements recorded are the more significant because both Anglicans and Lutherans are engaged in theological dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church. Publication is particularly appropriate in 1983, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther". -- back cover.
Contents: Abbreviations -- Preface dated Helsinki, September 1982 / John Gibbs, Bishop of Coventry [and] Gunther Gassmann, Lutheran World Federation, and -- Introduction -- The Relationship between the Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Europe -- Doctrinal Issues: Agreements and Convergences -- The Present Situation of the Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Europe -- Recommendations -- Appendix 1: List of Participants -- Appendix 2: Theological Considerations.
Appendix 2 contains: "The central theological section of the Pullach Report ('Anglican-Lutheran International Conversations', London, 1973) referred to in the main text as ALIC is reproduced below" [pp. 35-51].
"English language version Copyright the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council, 1973". -- verso of t.-p.
"After four meetings (at Oxford, September 1970; Kogumkloster, Denmark, March-April 1971; Lantana, Florida, January 1972, and Munich, April 1972) our groups completed its work in so far as it was possible in the time given to us. We submit our report including its recommendations to our respective authorities. We are aware of its limitations. We have not attempted to say everything that should or could be said in common". -- Intro., p. 7.
Contents: Foreword / Gunnar Hultgren, Archbishop emeritus of Uppsala and Ronald Leicester, R.R. Williams, Bishop of Leicester -- Participants -- Introduction -- Theological Considerations -- Recommendations -- Personal Notes by the Two Chairmen.
Commission included Canadian Anglican, The Rt. Rev. William R. Coleman.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by The Talbot Press, Saffron Walden, Essex.
Canadian Anglican participant: The Rev. Prof. Dr. W.R. Coleman, Ontario, Canada.
Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group co-chaired by The Most Rev. E,W, Scott [Anglican Church of Canada] and The Most Rev. Dr. Olof Sundy [Lund, Sweden]. -- p. 18.
Includes bibliography, p. 23.
In 1981 the Anglican Consultative Council recommended "that the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) be invited to reconvene a Joint Working Group. This initiative was welcomed by the Executive Committee of the LWF in 1982. Both sides appointed an Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group and agreed that this group should: receive information about the development of Anglican-Lutheran relations in different parts of the world; assess the results of Anglican-Lutheran dialogues, especially in Europe, Tanzania and the USA; make recommendations with the intention of proposing how the two Communions might achieve full communion; suggest procedures that would assure closer cooperation between the two bodies. (4) The Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group met from 28 November to 3 December 1983 at The Cold Ash Centre, Cold Ash, Berkshire, England. The meeting was marked by a spirit of joy and gratitude for a new era in Anglican-Lutheran relations. The participants now submit their report to the ACC and LWF and through them to the Anglican and Lutheran churches". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction dated Cold Ash, Berks., England, 3 December 1983 -- The Historical Background of Anglican-Lutheran Relations -- Anglican-Lutheran Relationships Today -- Goal of Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue -- Moving Towards Full Communion -- Recommendations -- Appendix I. Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group Participants -- Appendix II. Agreement adopted by the Conventions of the American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Lutheran Church in America -- Appendix III. Anglicans and Lutherans living side by side in countries where both have a membership over 10,000 -- Appendix IV. Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue: Bibliography.