Just got back from a regular meeting of our Lutheran – Episcopal Coordinating Committee in Washington, DC. Part of being in a “full communion” relationship with another church is that we participate in such “coordinating councils” to monitor the relationship, answer questions which may arise, and brainstorm ways to strengthen common mission.
At this meeting, we were joined by three Episcopal bishops, one Lutheran bishop (because we have three our four dioceses to their one synod in that part of the country), and the local coordinating committee. “Called To Common Mission” actually encourages the formation of such local “LECCs” but, sadly, there are only a few around the country. This one is quite active and it was encouraging to see how much common mission is taking place in that region.
We also celebrated the Eucharist together daily with an Episcopalian presiding using the Lutheran rite with a Lutheran preacher; and a Lutheran presiding using the Episcopal rite with a Lutheran preacher. This all done in a Roman Catholic chapel of the Paulist Fathers who hosted our meeting!
Who says ecumenism is dead?