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As it seemed the coronavirus shut-down would continue for more than a few weeks, our two biannual ecumenical consultations were rescheduled as online meetings. Our consultation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) convened online June 18, to re-connect and set a course for continuation of our ecumenical relationship in video meetings for the near future. Also discussed was the process for finalizing the Pastoral and Educational Affirmation on Discipleship, the fifth affirmation prepared by our joint consultation.

Representatives of the NALC and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC) met online, June 29, to discuss current realities in each church body as we are Lutherans, together, dealing with COVID-19 in North America. Plans are continuing for a joint Bible study for our congregations based on I Peter, related, in particular, to the “priesthood of all believers.” This study has grown out of conversations related to discipleship and the goal of providing materials that may be relevant and helpful to NALC, LCMS and LCC congregations. Our next meeting has been scheduled for October 1, 2020, using an online format.

Written by the Rev. Dr. David Wendel, assistant to the bishop for ministry & ecumenism.