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WINNIPEG – On March 12, 2012 President Robert Bugbee of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) welcomed Bishop Donald Harvey to LCC’s office for a morning of informal discussions on the relationship between biblical Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada. Bishop Harvey is Moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) and a bishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), a group which broke away from the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Episcopal Church – USA over questions of biblical authority, including most visibly the subject of homosexuality.
“One of the remarkable results of the formation of ACNA was the number of dialogues and discussions we were invited to join because others recognized our biblical faithfulness,” said Bishop Harvey. “The inspiring morning I spent with President Bugbee and his staff in Winnipeg is, I feel, the start of a long and lasting relationship as we share ways whereby together we can ‘know Christ and make Him known’ throughout our country.”
“I am grateful to God that there are Anglican clergy and people in Canada like Bishop Harvey and ANiC who take a high view of the authority of Holy Scripture, including a commitment to the Church’s historic teaching on marriage,” President Bugbee said. LCC has recently engaged in theological discussion with ACNA, in conjunction with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. To date, three dialogues have taken place with a fourth scheduled for this spring at Nashota House, an Anglican seminary in Wisconsin.
Friendly relationships between LCC and ANiC have begun to develop at a grass roots level as well. Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vancouver, for example, welcomed disaffected Anglican congregation St. Matthias and St. Luke’s Church to share its facility after the congregation lost its property to the ACC.
Bishop Harvey thanked Bethlehem Lutheran for their generosity and hospitality, suggesting that the mutual congeniality between LCC and ANiC “comes from the discovery that our faith is built upon the same basic principles.”