Talking faith to faith

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FOR the past 30 years, the Uniting Church in Australia and the Lutheran Church of Australia have shared a close relationship.

This was recognised at the UCA Assembly meeting last year, with the adoption of A Great Prayer of Thanksgiving with Commentary.2_lutheran

Produced by the LCA/UCA dialogue group, the booklet was launched last month in Horsham.

It has been developed to provide an ecumenical liturgy for those involved in joint LCA/UCA worship throughout Australia.

All dialogue members attended the launch along with approximately 30 others.

A question and answer session followed the liturgy where a range of issues were discussed.

Dialogue co-chairman Rev Dr Jeff Silcock (LCA) and dialogue group member Rev David Fotheringham (UCA) explained that the new liturgy was designed for cooperating congregations of Lutherans and Uniting members where leaders had agreed to joint worship.

Questions at the meeting explored issues including fraction, or breaking of the bread; the age of communing members; the number of congregational responses in the liturgy; the possibility of an ordained UCA woman giving communion to Lutherans; and whether faith contributes to the character of the reception of communion.


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