December 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders
5th International Global Companion Consultation – Latin American and the Caribbean and North America: Bishop Atahualpa Hernández, The Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO); Pastor Mark Cerniglia, SC Synod Companion Coordinator for Relationship with IELCO & Pastor Ginny Aebischer, Assistant to the Bishop SC Synod; Pastor Mark Johnson & Kathy Chatelaine Southeastern Minnesota Synod; Pastor James Hendricksen, ABT Synod Global Mission Ministry Team Chair and Bishop Larry participated from the ABT Synod.
A new triennium for the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission began with a first meeting, October 30-November 1. Looking forward to the next chapter in full and fuller communion. Bishop Larry serves as co-chair with The Very Rev. Peter Wall, recently retired.
Dean, Christ’s Church Cathedral Hamilton, Ontario Diocese of Niagara.
The 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration of the Doctrine of Justification was marked November 3 in Edmonton with Luther scholar, the Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, presenting a lecture: “On the Same Page with Different Pictures: Being Ecumenical” with panel responses from 5 different ecclesial traditions (Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed, and Anglican), and then we prayed together using the liturgy prepared for the occasion by The Lutheran World Federation and shared a meal together. It was a small taste of the Church of the future.
(Photo credit of baptismal font Grandin Media)
Bishop Larry participated as a member and to represent our Synod at the Founding Assembly of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good on October 17, 2019. He writes: “…an incredible evening, meaningful stories, powerful action resulting in a powerful response from those gathered, including political leaders. Collaboration and partnership in action to care for the community and neighbor.”