The long-standing commitment to closer co-operation between the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran World Federation has taken a significant step forward with the ratification of a mandate for a new Anglican Lutheran Commission.
The meeting of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the ACC approved the Anglican-Lutheran mandate, giving substance to the resolutions of the 12th meeting of the ACC in Hong Kong in 2002 and to those of the 10th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Winnipeg in July 2003.
According to the text of the mandate, the new commission will provide guidance on the implementation of the report of the Anglican-Lutheran Working Group (1992-2002), explore the possibility of joint actions and statements, and, in particular, seek ways to promote joint study projects for issues relevant to both Churches. It will also consider ways to engage with and promote the wider ecumenical movement.
The Joint Standing Committee also looked at proposals for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, the ACC Meeting in 2005 and the appointment of a new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, as Canon John L. Peterson retires at the end of 2004.
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