Magazine article Anglican Journal

Assembly a 'Dream' for Primate: Relationship with Lutherans Has Grown

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Assembly a 'Dream' for Primate: Relationship with Lutherans Has Grown

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Winnipeg

"I never dreamed it would be like this," said Archbishop Michael Peers, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada as he reminisced before 1,000 Lutherans at the 10th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation.

He was referring to the love that has grown during the past three decades between Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada. Full communion--the mutual recognition by the two churches of sacraments and clergy--became a reality in 2001 at Waterloo, Ont., but numerous local events paved the way.

Discovering how much was really going on with Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans at the grass-roots level was the brainchild of Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, the director of the Anglican church's faith, worship and ministry department who also attended the international Lutheran gathering.

Ms. Barnett-Cowan's department surveyed bishops early on during formal communications with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, asking what they knew about Anglicans in communion with Lutherans in their areas.

"We were amazed at how much the bishops reported, and began speculating there was a lot more the bishops might not even know about," the primate said.

In Winnipeg, Anglicans at St. Bede's church and Lutherans of Sc Stephen's church together formed the Mount Royal Centre in order to own equally the building in which both congregations worshipped. During the 1970s, then Rev. Michael Peers, who was the incumbent at St. Bede's, and the Lutheran pastor of the day collaborated in summer, so that when Archbishop Peers went on holidays, Sunday services were Lutheran, and when he filled in for his vacationing colleague, the services were Anglican. …

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