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“Four-Way” church heads continue to find places of agreement

“Four-Way” church heads continue to find places of agreement

Maritens N. Sison writes in Anglican Journal of the continuation of meetings between four church leaders. From his article:

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.

They could, for instance, issue a joint pastoral letter in response to a natural calamity and invite their members to contribute to relief and recovery efforts through one of their four relief agencies, said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations. Myers served as staff support at the meeting.

Leaders of the four churches reached this agreement when they met for a day and a half of informal talks last December in Winnipeg. Since 2010, the heads of these four churches have met for informal talks, “becoming colloquially known as the ‘Four-Way,’ ” said Myers.

The Anglican Church of Canada’s primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori were joined in the meeting by the new presiding bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton.

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David Allen

I'm sure that they wanted to get out ahead of the term used to refer to them jointly, as I see the self-proclaimed Orthodox, formerly of their respective denominations, calling them the Gang of Four. But I'm not all that sure that the Four Way is any better. 😀

Bro David

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