Building bridges between supporters and opponents of Called to Common Mission, the document for full communion with the Episcopal Church, is "where we need to be," Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson told the Conference of Bishops, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, in Chicago.
The Churchwide Assembly approved CCM in August.
In September, Anderson discovered how difficult bridge-building can be when he attended forums with CCM opponents in Rochester and St. Paul, Minn. Speakers were angry that convictions they consider central to being Lutheran were betrayed by church leaders, including Anderson. Some accused him of slanting the church's discussion of CCM against them. Others said CCM threatens Lutheran identity, heightens the role of bishops and diminishes the role of laity, which leaves them wondering
if they have a place in the
ELCA (see box).
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