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ELCA and LCMS plan theological talks

ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson said in an Aug. 26 statement that he and President Alvin L. Barry of the Lutheran Church­issouri Synod have agreed to begin making plans for the two church bodies to hold theological discussions.

"President Barry and I had a very promising discussion about initiating a series of theological conversations between representatives of our respective church bodies," Anderson said. "We are in the process of developing a specific format and list of topics."
"President Barry and I had a very promising discussion about initiating a series of theological conversations between representatives of our respective church bodies," Anderson said. "We are in the process of developing a specific format and list of topics."

Anderson said he will make a recommendation on how to proceed to the ELCA Church Council at its November meeting. Barry said he hoped the discussions could begin soon.

The two leaders held a summit meeting Aug. 17 prompted in part by a stinging rebuke Barry leveled at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its recent ecumenical initiatives.


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