The declaration of avoidance marks an important step in the growth towards the full visible unity of the Church. But this is only a scene, because the joint federal policy of the German churches (Luthean, United and Reformed) has proved to be an obstacle to an agreement on the succession of the ephocration. “Because of this residual difference, our mutual recognition of another`s ministries does not yet lead to perfect interchangeability of ministers.” (para. 16). He adds: “But even this difference, if viewed in the light of our agreements and our cover relations, cannot be seen as an obstacle to greater communion between our Churches. (ALERC, 43). We welcome this “closer communion,” but beyond that, there is a step towards full recognition of both the churches and the ministries in the broader perspectives of the universal Church. This “Northern Communion, which stretches from Greenland to Finland and Estonia,” is no threat to anyone else. She tried to achieve unity with other churches rather than stifle it, stimulated rather than stifled. Anglican-Lutheran relations flourished in North America, with important agreements in Canada and the United States, with the churches we kept in close contact with throughout the process.
We can expect further progress in Africa, perhaps at the pan-African level, wherever Anglicans and Lutherans live in harmony and make common cause in the service of Jesus Christ. Churches in Norway and Denmark have joined the community of Protestant churches in Europe. The Church of Sweden has changed its relationship with the Missionary Church. The Methodists have resumed negotiations with the Church of England, explicitly on the basis of Porvoo, and we are now in an alliance relationship with them. The Church of England also achieved a level of avoidance of communion with Moravia and with French Protestantism, Lutheran and Reformed. The modern Anglican-Lutheran dialogue began in 1909 with talks between the Church of England and the Swedish Church, followed by Finland in 1933-34 and Estonia-Latvia in 1936-39 on the eve of their illegal accession to the Soviet Union. The starting point and setting were the lambeth quadrangle of 1888 (the Scriptures, Catholic denominations, the sacraments of the Gospel and the apostolic service, including the historical episcopate). It is this fourth leg that makes the quadrilateral lambeth more solid than the three-legged stool of Protestant ecumenism (Writing, Creed and Sacraments) – but of course, a four-legged chair twitches when either the legs are unevenly long or the ground is uneven, while a three-legged stool is stable in all circumstances. After the Second World War in 1947, the scope was extended to churches in Norway, Denmark and Iceland, resulting in a mutual invitation to communion agreement in 1954. The result of these separate agreements was that, in the 1950s, the Church of England distinguished the Nordic Churches who did not do them among themselves, what it represented and bringing a regional group of remarkably homogeneous national folk churches, with many common characteristics and a high degree of communion and communion.
The creation and maintenance of formal agreements with partner churches, including: “One of Meisen`s goals is total visible unity among our churches. This goal has enabled the development of meaningful relations between our two churches at all levels and remains a model for other ecumenical agreements.