A newly installed Lutheran bishop has voiced concern that some Anglican priests are not sufficiently welcoming to members of his church despite the Porvoo Agreement between Anglicans and Lutherans. The 1996 Porvoo Agreement (named for the city in Finland where it was adopted) applies to Anglican churches of the British Isles, on the one hand, and Lutheran churches in Nordic and Baltic countries, on the other.But Bishop Walter Jagucki had hoped that its impact would be felt more broadly including in his own Lutheran Church in Great Britain (LCiGB).Under "Porvoo," as it is widely known, there is full communion among the signatory churches, including interchangeable ministries.In an interview with ENI after his installation on May 27, Bishop Jagucki said: "Before Porvoo, Anglican priests were often not sure how to deal with this strange creature, a Lutheran."He cited two cases where church members had felt more comfortable with Methodist and United Reformed Church congregations."Has Porvoo made a difference? Yes and no," he told ENI. " I wish it had made more difference. The top [of the Anglican hierarchy] is very well attuned to the agreement, but they should do more to publicize it."The LCiGB, with 2,750 members, represents mainly second-generation Lutherans in Britain, and Lutherans who are in the country temporarily. It mostly uses English, but also has worship in Polish, Kiswahili, Amharic, and Chinese.Bishop Jagucki, aged 58, who is Polish by birth, is the LCiGB's first bishop and the only bishop among the 11 member organizations of the Lutheran Council of Great Britain. Most of the other churches representing Britain's 30,000 active Lutherans are under the care of bishops overseas.Bishop Jagucki's installation, at St ...1
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