"Acting editor's [Tali Folkins] note: As part of our collaborative project with 'Canada Lutheran', the 'Anglican Journal' is running this month a column by the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in place of our regular columns by the primate and national Indigenous archbishop. Columns by the primate and national indigenous archbishop will appear in the June issue of 'Canada Lutheran'. Their regular columns will resume in the next print issue of the 'Annglican Journal' in September ".
Bishop Susan Johnson notes that in 2011 at a joint meeting of the National Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada the groups planted a tree at the Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre to honour the tenth anniversary of the Waterloo Declaration. In March 2020 when the two groups met there again they were "amazed how much it had grown and flourished. It was now even strong enough to have someone sit on one of its branches". Bishop Johnson reviews some of the "markers of our growth together" including have a full voting member on each of the church's councils, joint national events such as the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gatherings, and National Worship Conferences. The Primate and National Bishop have a monthly telephone call. In 2013 the two churches held a Joint Assembly in Ottawa and and planning a second Joint Assembly in Calgary in 2022. "We are still working on a common understanding of deacons. We have not yet come to a consensus regarding who should preside at confirmations". "We certainly have learned to share gifts with each other, some expected and some surprises. One of the biggest gifts to me has been participation in four different Sacred Circles".
Author is "the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada".