NEW YORK (UMNS) - Directors of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns were encouraged to "lead the way" as church members enter into a new relationship with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In his report during the commission's September 9-12 meeting, the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., the group's top executive, heralded the Lutheran approval of a full communion agreement in August and called upon each director to "become an ambassador of full communion and a practitioner of reception at every level of church life."
Two resources are being jointly published by both denominations to promote the new relationship. The commission plans to make them available to every United Methodist Annual Conference, district, and local church.
[Editor's Note: Set aside Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. for a Conference celebration of the historic agreement, with Holy Communion, at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Bishops Warner H. Brown, Jr. of the UMC (Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference) and Mark Holmerud of the ELCA will officiate. All clergy and laity of both denominations are invited to attend.]