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CCM: What's at stake?

Different views on doctrine and piety complicate any ELCA consensus

The Episcopalians' approval of Called to Common Mission — the full communion agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church — hardly signals the end of the debate raging within the ELCA.

CCM, approved by the 1999 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, provides for sharing the eucharist, interchanging pastors and joint mission efforts.
CCM, approved by the 1999 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, provides for sharing the eucharist, interchanging pastors and joint mission efforts.

Supporters hail it as a milestone in Christian unity. Opponents say CCM's acceptance of the historic episcopate — the succession of bishops stretching back to the earliest days of the Christian church — alters Lutheran theology and threatens Lutheran identity.

What's at stake? And now that both churches have approved CCM, what's next?


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