Guest / Limited Access /

The stately Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital was the site of a colorful celebration of "full communion" between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.

After decades of negotiation, the two churches have formed a new relationship for the 21st century.

Hundreds celebrated the implementation of the "Called to Common Mission" agreement, which will allow the two churches—with a combined membership of 7.7 million—to swap clergy and share in common mission projects.

The accord, ratified by Lutherans in 1999 and Episcopalians in 2000, stops far short of an outright merger but allows the two denominations from divergent historical backgrounds to weave their ministries together.

The accord has taken 40 years of dialogue to resolve and overcome sharp disagreement. The agreement will allow both churches to share precious resources in rural and urban areas.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Support Christian thought journalism. Donate to our nonprofit ministry today.
From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this Issue
Subscriber Access Only The Back Page | Philip Yancey: God at Large
A look around the globe reveals a God as big as we want him to be
TrendingThe Real St. Patrick
The Real St. Patrick
A look at the famous saint, and his strategic missions.
Editor's PickMoral Relativism Is Dead
Moral Relativism Is Dead
Why outrage culture is good news for the gospel.
Christianity Today
Episcopalians, Lutherans Celebrate Unity
hide thisFebruary 5 February 5

In the Magazine

February 5, 2001

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.