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 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
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
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,
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