Ecumenical News International

North German church and Anglican diocese sign partnership agreement

March 19, 2015

Kiel (epd). The Church of England and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany intend to sign and seal their first written partnership agreement on 23 March. This will take place at the church office in Kiel (capital of Lower Saxony) by Stephen Conway, bishop of Ely, and Bishop Gerhard Ulrich for the German side, the church press office announced. Besides promoting exchange and encounters, the church partnership is to focus on working for reconciliation and peace.

Relations between the diocese of Ely and the then North Elbian Church go back to 1990. The current Evangelical Lutheran Church of Northern Germany has two other partners in the Church of England, the diocese of Lichfield and Durham. Since 1991 there has been an ecumenical partnership between the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Church of England. At the time the Anglican and Protestant churches signed a common statement stating their aim to "grow towards visible unity". In the Meissen Agreement the EKD and the Church of England commit themselves to pulpit and altar fellowship. The theological dialogue bringing the two churches closer began in Meißen in the German federal state of Saxony. 



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