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ELCA, Episcopal bishops meet to discuss full communion proposal

In an unprecedented joint meeting last month, the bishops of the ELCA and the Episcopal Church got to know each other, probed the meaning of full communion between their two churches and pledged to continue working toward that goal.

Both churches will vote on the Concordat, the full communion proposal, at separate assemblies in Philadelphia next summer (see page 8). If adopted, Lutherans and Episcopalians would recognize each other as true churches, share communion and clergy and jointly plan mission activities.

The 66 bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and 114 Episcopal bishops began their time together at Mountain Laurel Resort, White Haven, Pa., on Oct. 3 as virtual strangers. They departed Oct. 8 — after six days of worship and deliberations — as friends.


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