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Four-way dialogue deepens.

The heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have agreed to co-ordinate their responses to "events that transcend" their borders, such as natural disasters.

Leaders of the four churches reached this agreement when they met for a day and a half of informal talks last December in Winnipeg. The Anglican Church of Canada's primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the ELCIC's Bishop Susan Johnson and The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori were joined in the meeting by the new presiding bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton.

The leaders also agreed to explore ways of addressing the Doctrine of Discovery "as a step towards reconciliation with indigenous people in North America," said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod's co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, who attended the meeting.

Each leader also agreed to prepare a devotional piece for different Sundays in Advent, to be made available for individual or congregational use in their churches during the 2014 Advent season.

Caption: From left: Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, ACC, Bishop Susan Johnson, ELCIC, and Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, TEC at the North American Anglican and Lutheran Leaders' gathering.
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Author:Sison, Marites N.
Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2014
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