The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The call him 'Father Dave'

Maine congregation puts human face on Lutheran-Episcopal full communion

A small group of Episcopalians in Bridgton, Maine, are discovering what a full communion agreement with Lutherans actually looks like. To them, it looks like David Snyder, a Lutheran pastor who by day directs the Greater Portland (Maine) chapter of Habitat for Humanity and by evenings and Sundays serves as "Father Dave" at Bridgton's St. Peter Episcopal Church.

The relationship between Snyder and St. Peter may be the first to reflect the actions taken by the ELCA in 1999 and the Episcopal Church last summer in ratifying Called To Common Mission. The full communion agreement enables the two churches to exchange clergy.

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