Ecumenical relationships

Saskatchewan Synod ministers in a network of relationships with other Christian denominations.

Full Communion with the Anglican Church of Canada

“Full communion is understood as a relationship between two distinct churches or communions in which each maintains its own autonomy while recognizing the catholicity and apostolicity of the other, and believing the other to hold the essentials of the Christian faith. In such a relationship, communicant members of each church would be able freely to communicate at the altar of the other, and there would be freedom of ordained ministers to officiate sacramentally in either church. Specifically, in our context, we understand this to include transferability of members; mutual recognition and interchangeability of ministries; freedom to use each other’s liturgies; freedom to participate in each other’s ordinations and installations of clergy, including bishops; and structures for consultation to express, strengthen, and enable our common life, witness, and service, to the glory of God and the salvation of the world.”

Full text of “Called to full communion: The Waterloo Declaration

Ecumenical Shared Ministry Handbook

The Ecumenical Shared Ministry Handbook is a resource for shared ministry between The Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada and The United Church of Canada.

“This material is intended as a resource for those engaged in or contemplating the establishment of an ecumenical shared ministry, and those interested in learning more about the dynamics of ecumenical shared ministries. The guidelines in this handbook are not authoritative, and need to be utilized with reference to the relevant policies, regulations and practices of the participating denominations.”

LAURC Covenant

Signed by the Anglican, Lutheran, Ukrainian and Roman Catholic bishops in Saskatchewan in March 2020

In March 2020 the Lutheran, Anglican, Ukrainian Catholic, and Roman Catholic bishops signed the LAURC Covenant. The text of the Covenant outlines the basis for the ongoing relationship between the four churches. The hope of the covenant is that the relationship between the four churches will grow ‘on the ground’ in the relationships between neighbouring congregations.

 Explore the LAURC Covenant and consider how it might be lived out in your faith community.

God and Father of us all, we give thanks for the spiritual unity which is already ours as believers in the one Lord and members of the one Body. We pray that this spiritual unity may, by your grace, increasingly become a visible unity, so that your Church in every place may demonstrate the healing and reconciling power of the gospel and be an instrument of your peace in the life of the world, to the praise and glory of your name. Amen. (Prayer by Frank Colquhoun. New Parish Prayers, Hodder and Stoughton, ISBN 0 340 27237 6)

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