A catholic vision

At the ELCA assembly

"It's not the whole show," cried Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America prior to the denomination's Churchwide Assembly in Denver. By "it" the bishop was referring to the question of full communion with the Episcopal Church. But his words did nothing to deflect fixation on the issue on the part of voting members, visitors and the media.

Full communion does not mean merger, but rather a relationship in which each church recognizes the other's teaching and sacraments as genuine expressions of the faith of the church, welcomes each other's members and ministers, and commits to united witness and service wherever possible and practical while retaining its organizational autonomy.

 

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