Resolution Number A151 – Mutual Recognition of Full Communion

Subject: Mutual Recognition of Full Communion

Moved By: The Very Rev. Peter Wall
Seconded By: The Rt. Rev. Bruce Myers

Be it resolved that this General Synod:  

Recognize full communion among The Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Source: Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission      

Submitted By: Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee        

Does this motion contain within it any financial implications?      Yes     No

If yes, has the General Synod Expenditures Committee considered the implications?   Yes    No


The resolution implements full four-way communion among the two Anglican bodies and the two Evangelical Lutheran bodies in accordance with the Memorandum of Mutual Recognition dated September 26, 2018 (attached).


In the normal course, an ordinary motion must be passed by a majority of the members of General Synod present and voting together. Six members of General Synod may, prior to the question being put, require a vote by Orders, with a majority of each Order being necessary to pass. 

If a question passes on a Vote by Orders, any six members (two from each of three different dioceses) may immediately before the next item of business require a vote to be taken by dioceses. A motion passes if a majority (or a tie) of dioceses vote in favour. 

Source: Sections 4 and 5 of the Declaration of Principles and sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Rules of Order and Procedure.