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The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners
By David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
June 11, 2012
The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community.
TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed.
In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America celebrated full communion between their two churches. Talks between the Roman Catholic Church and TEC have gone essentially nowhere. The distance between the two churches has only widened in time over the consecration of gay non-celibate New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the recent advent of the Ordinariate, and the ongoing issue of the ordination of women to the priesthood.
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