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Since 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.   

We 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 is taking place in Visby, Sweden, from 19th-23rd August 2016

The theme is 'Churches: Constant Yet Ever Changing' and we are considering 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 has just ended and 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 has been very full. It began with a presentation by Sally Barnes and Eliza Zikmane on their experiences of the Church as being under 'The Tyranny of the Normal'. To see what they told us please click here.

We then went to the Cathedral where our Anglican Co-Moderator, Bishop Michael Ipgrave, had been invited to preach. You can read his sermon here. It was a wonderful service with some special organ music. Afterwards we all enjoyed some free time for lunch before returning to the conference room.

Johan Dalman gave a spirited account of his interaction with the Porvoo Agreement process and how he has benefitted from it, as well as sharing some thoughts about personal spirituality. A summary of his presentation can be found here.

Anna Norman-Walker spoke about 'Worship as Mission' and her work with the 'Millenials', that group of adults who were born around the year 2000. Her presentation will be posted shortly.

After a splendid evening meal we ended the day back in the cathedral for a reflective and multi-sensory service in which we were all Jonah in the belly of the big fish.

Tomorrow we shall hear Professor Tiefensee talking about the challenge presented to the churches in the former East Germany by the indifference to religion that is prevalent in society there.

DAY FOUR, and the sun has been shining 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, and the conference has ended with the Final Eucharist. There will be more about that shortly, but in the meantime click here for a report 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, Belgium.

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 Europe.

Lunch 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.

To 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

from 30th September - 3rd October 2016

The Theme is 'Reformation in a European Perspective'

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 form here

 

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.

1. Tibor Fabiny handout : and audio presentation

2. Praxedis Bouwman : Michael Jackson

3. Annamária Buda : Madeleine Holmes

4. Roy Long : Robin Greenwood

5. Christiane Groeben : Jorge Piña Cabral

6. Anne Burghardt

You can also see a reaction to the whole conference written by some of the Hungarian participants here

 



                      

 
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