Our Moravian, Lutheran, and Anglican traditions are each historic communities of faith in Jesus Christ, which have roots in the ancient common tradition of the apostolic Church. We were also each shaped in many ways by the reforming impulses of 15th and 16th century Europe. At various times in our early histories, we found important points of contact and collaboration.
Today, we find ourselves as neighbours in various parts of our respective global communions. In Canada, the Moravian Church in North America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada have a number of congregations that live and minister alongside one another. Local ministry collaborations have developed to varying extents and degrees, and increasingly so in recent years. These emerging grassroots connections, along with a growing sense of the need for churches to walk faithfully together as disciples into an uncertain future, call us to seek full communion and deeper ministry partnerships together according to the prayer of our common Saviour.
(Most of the text above has been excerpted, with minor edits, from One Flock, One Shepherd, the proposed Lutheran-Anglican-Moravian Declaration.)
The Lutheran-Anglican-Moravian working group has assembled a resource, “Lutherans, Anglicans, and Moravians – A Family Reunion,” providing additional context and history for each of our three churches.
Worship looks similar and different from one congregation to the next—both within denominations and also across our Lutheran, Anglican and Moravian traditions. Learn some of the main features of worship in each denomination.
“United, not uniform.” This video explains how full communion can guide us to recognize and respect one another’s faith traditions, and support each other, even when we disagree.
In John 17:20, Jesus prayed for us so that we could be one. Exposure to a diverse yet related set of traditions presents opportunities to learn and draw from the gifts each denomination offers, and strengthens our ministry in Christ’s church.
This proposed agreement, One Flock, One Shepherd: Lutherans, Anglicans, and Moravians— Called to Walk Together in Full Communion, outlines the full communion declaration which is anticipated to be voted on at Assembly 2023. The declaration has been authorized for further consideration across our churches by elected leaders in the Moravian Church in Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.
(until March 2022)
(until June 2022)
(until April 2022)
For more information or additional details about the working group, contact:
Rev. Paul Gehrs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman, Anglican Church of Canada
Rev. James Lavoy, Moravian Church in Canada