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Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, To Love and Serve the Lord. A report on diakonia (Lutheran World Federation & Anglican Communion, 2011)
Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, To Love and Serve the Lord. A report on diakonia (Lutheran World Federation & Anglican Communion, 2011)

[LWF News] To Love and Serve the Lord is the title of a new report published in October by the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) on diakonia (church social service work). Jointly produced by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion for the third phase of their bilateral dialogue – ALIC III – the publication offers a diverse array of stories about church ministries that are transforming relations between churches in both communions.

The ALIC III co-chairpersons Lutheran Bishop Dr Thomas Nyiwe (Cameroon) and Anglican Archbishop Bishop Fred Hiltz (Canada) point out that the concluding report of the 2006-2011 dialogue period was intended to highlight what both partners had learned from their growing experience and therefore focus on “why growth in relations between Anglican and Lutheran churches is possible.”

While important differences remain, of course, this third phase of our Anglican-Lutheran International Commission did not need to put these differences at the centre of its work.

In the publication’s preface, Hiltz and Nyiwe say the report presents a new phase in the maturity of relations between Anglican and Lutheran churches. “While important differences remain, of course, this third phase of our Anglican-Lutheran International Commission did not need to put these differences at the centre of its work,” they say.

The Anglican Communion and the LWF commend the report to their respective churches for study, encouraging them to pursue common development of ministries that build up Anglican and Lutheran relationships at all levels of church life and mission.

For this purpose, the report identifies a number of recommendations for concrete diaconal action at local, regional or global level. These include ways in which the churches could do more together at all levels for disaster relief, in advocating on issues relating to climate change, illegitimate debt, HIV and AIDS and other pressing social concerns.

The modern dialogue between Anglicans and Lutherans on the worldwide level has been in progress since 1972, with joint reports on the different phases.

To obtain a copy of To Love and Serve the Lord report, please write to info [at] lutheranworld [dot] org

Posted: October 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2252
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran
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