1984 the Anglican-Lutheran Society has provided a meeting point
where people can deepen their knowledge and understanding of the
Lutheran and Anglican traditions within the Christian Church.
Membership is open to anyone willing to work and pray for the
unity of the Church, especially between Anglicans and Lutherans
world wide. Members are offered opportunities to meet for worship
and study, to get to know one another better and to support each
other in Christian witness and service.
hope that you will enjoy visiting these pages. If you would like
to join the Society we should be delighted to welcome you.
Our International Conference took place in Visby, Sweden, from
19th-23rd August 2016
The theme was 'Churches: Constant
Yet Ever Changing' and we considered ways in which the
Church has always adapted so as to communicate the Christian faith
in ways appropriate to different times and contexts, and some
of the ways in which it might need to do so today.
DAY ONE - you can find
a brief summary of our activities by clicking here.
To read Richard Wottle's presentation,
'The Body of Christ and the Pearl of the Baltic Sea - Past and
Present on Gotland', click here.
DAY TWO - and we have
enjoyed a most informative and relaxing journey round the south
of the Island of Gotland. To see where we went and what we did,
please click here.
DAY THREE - it has rained
a lot, but we have been indoors most of the time! To see what
we have been doing, and to share some of our worship and the presentations
we have enjoyed, click here
To read the presentation by Sally Barnes
and Eliza Zikmane, 'The Tyranny of the Normal', click here.
You can find Michael Ipgrave's sermon here.
Johan Dalman's own summary of his presentation on the Porvoo
Agreement and some thoughts about personal spirituality is available
Anna Norman-Walker's presentation about'Worship as Mission' is
DAY FOUR, and the sun shone again. They say
that confession is good for the soul. So, at the end of what has
been a full and rewarding day, I confess that I am too tired to
offer a complete account of all that has happened and the many
delights to which we have been treated.
Professor Tiefensee's presentation was very challenging. A full
summary will appear here very shortly. We had five excellent workshops
presented by our members. More of those later. Jonas Jonson gave
a masterly summing up of the conference with an eye to the future
which was prophetic. An account of what he told us will appear
here as soon as I can manage it.
We were treated to a walking tour of Visby (the less mobile opting
to go on the tourist train) and then got ourselves ready for the
Conference Dinner at the Bishop of Visby's house. But before we
sat down we all shared in an act of worship in his garden prepared
by the members of one of the workshops. This too will appear here
as soon as I can process the photos.
The dinner was wonderful. Indeed, throughout the conference the
food has been fantastic. The hospitality shown us by the people
of Gotland has been magnificent.
So ... watch this space! We're working on it!
DAY FIVE - the conference ended with a Final Eucharist. There
will be more about that shortly, but in the meantime click here
for a precis of the sermon preached by Bishop Martin Lind.
The Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 12th March 2016
in the Anglican
Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, BRUSSELS,
The speakers were Fr Heikki
Huttunen of the Finnish Orthodox Church who is General Secretary
of the Conference of European Churches, and the Rt Rev Dr Robert
Innes, Bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Gibraltar in
was provided by Mrs Marian Knetemann, a member of the Society
living in Belgium, assisted by her daughter's schoolfriend, Felicia.
The Bishop presided at a Eucharist where the preacher was the
Rev Dr Jaakko Rusama, our Lutheran Co-Moderator.
read all about it, and for accounts of previous Annual
General Meetings, click here
Another Conference opportunity
that might interest anyone disappointed
at not being able to join us in Visby will be held at
Bildungshaus St Ursula in Erfurt, Germany
September - 3rd October 2016
The Theme is 'Reformation in a
It is being organised by the German Region
of the International Ecumenical Fellowship for their own members
and members of the Anglican-Lutheran Society.
You can find more information and a booking
Conference in Hungary, 12th-16th September 2014.
Everyone seems to have found it a very good
and enjoyable event. The weather could have been kinder, but the
worship, presentations, outings, leisure times and accommodation
all combined to create a valuable programme. People came from
20 different countries, and representatives of a number of tiny
minority Churches were delighted
to be able to share their experience.
A brief report is available here.
You can download the presentations by clicking
on the links below.
Fabiny handout : and audio
Bouwman : Michael
Buda : Madeleine
Groeben : Jorge
You can also see a reaction to the whole conference
written by some of the Hungarian participants here