The House welcomed the Reverend Brian Prideaux, National Ecumenical Officer.
Mr. Prideaux said that the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are now called to develop a common Christian life in the light of their agreement to establish a relationship of Interim Sharing of the Eucharist which became effective 1 October, 1989. This includes eucharistic hospitality to the members of each church. Joint celebrations of the Eucharist are to take place under carefully worked out conditions, with the knowledge and consent of the respective diocesan bishops. There is one president and that president is the priest or pastor of the host church, using the liturgy of that church. Other ordained persons assist with the service and the distribution of the elements.
Ways of developing common Christian life are being explored such as regular prayer and intercession for the other church. Local study groups will be encouraged to examine each other's church.
It is hoped that pastoral agreements will be developed to allow ministers of each denomination to serve in churches of either denomination in sparsely populated areas of Canada, along with ecumenical shared ministries, and the shared use of physical facilities. Common programs of education and outreach are to be encouraged. It is hoped that there will be reciprocal attendance at services of ordination and installation. The exchange of theologians to deliver addresses at major events is to be encouraged. Co-operation is encouraged in areas of social ministry. Mr. Prideaux said that a detailed commentary of the agreement is available through his office, on request.
It was agreed that practical recommendations regarding the eucharist should be made clear in the large commentary.
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That work be done locally and jointly on procedures re joint services. CARRIED
It was agreed that the development of common understandings is very important, especially in the area of shared ministries.
It was suggested that diocesan newspapers be sent to each Lutheran clergyperson in each area.