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LCMS and Czech Republic Lutherans sign ‘working agreement’

Representatives of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (known by the Czech acronym ECAV) in the Czech Republic signed a “working agreement” July 11 that pledges continuing dialogue between the two church bodies and allows the LCMS to operate an English-speaking congregation in Prague.

“The agreement is not considered a declaration of altar and pulpit fellowship between the two church bodies, but rather it expresses both churches’ commitment to engage in further discussion as they work together in limited ways externally,” said the Rev. Albert Collver III, a signer of the document.

Each church body agreed to:

* regular contact between leaders,

* strengthen the work of pastoral ministry through lectures and symposia,

* invite each other to theological presentations,

* share theological opinions with one another as they pertain to the “theological and ethical problems of our civilization.”

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