Who are these Moravians?” That is how Rev. James Lavoy, a Moravian pastor, began his introductory remarks to the Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) in Calgary this past July.
It is also a question that was often first on the minds of many people when hearing about a new ecumenical initiative being undertaken by representatives from the ELCIC, the ACC, and The Moravian Church in North America Northern Province (MCNA) in early 2020.
What it means to be Lutheran, Anglican or Moravian is a very lively discussion in all three of these churches, intensified even further by the shared realities of their changing demographics, membership, resources and so on. It is from within this new and still emerging phase of liminal uncertainty that the origins of interest in a potential Lutheran-Anglican-Moravian (LAM) full-communion partnership in Canada are best reflected on and understood.
The October/November issue of Canada Lutheran takes a look at the new Full Communion partnership between Lutherans, Anglicans and Moravians, with a deep dive into the Moravian church and the overall idea of Full Communion.