Serious study is beginning in our church on whether the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should officially move toward closer relationships with four other churches. The intensity of the study is overdue since we have known for several years that a vote on establishing full communion with the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ will be on the agenda at next year's Churchwide Assembly. Full communion includes sharing the eucharist and interchangeability of clergy.
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