Anglican-Lutheran relations have been one of the success stories of ecumenism since the last decades of the 20th century. There are areas where Anglicans are in full communion with Lutherans, whereas in other regions full communion has not yet been achieved, mainly due to different understandings of ministry.

The newly formed ALICC aims to put more emphasis on practical cooperation between Lutherans and Anglicans, including exploring the common understanding of diakonia.

  • Dialogue partner | Anglican Communion
  • Dialogue body | Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee (ALICC)

Key Themes

  • Examining confirmation practices, with a particular emphasis on preparation for lives of faithful diakonia
  • Continuing reflection on diakonia, including consultation on the continuing significance of deaconesses, a shared gift in our two communions
  • Cooperation among institutions of theological education and formation
  • Exploration of ways to monitor and encourage the growth of life and mission where there is full communion
  • Developing Anglican-Lutheran relations where full communion does not yet exist, including continuing theological discussion on dividing issues in relevant regions
  • Coordination of Anglican–Lutheran collaboration in the observance of the Reformation 2017


International Dialogue Milestones


  • Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Conversations 1970-1972 | 1972
  • The Report of the Anglican-Lutheran European Regional Commission | August-September 1982
  • Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group | 28 November-3 December 1983
  • The Niagara Report (Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Consultation on Episcope) | Anglican-Lutheran International Continuation Committee | September | 1987
  • The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity, the Hanover report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission | October | 1995
  • Growth in Communion | Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Working Group 2000-2002
  • To Love and Serve the Lord. Diakonia in the Life of the Church | The Jerusalem Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC III) 2006-2011

Regional Agreements

  • On the Way to Visible Unity – A Common Statement | Meissen, Germany | 18 March 1988
  • The Porvoo Common Statement | Järvenpää, Finland, | 9-13 October 1992
  • Called to Witness and Service, The Reuilly Common Statement | 1999
  • Called to Common Mission: A Lutheran Proposal for a Revision of the Concordat of Agreement | Adopted by the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church 1999
  • Called to Full Communion: The Waterloo Declaration | approved by  National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | Waterloo, Ontario, | 2001
  • Common Ground: Covenanting for Mutual Recognition and Reconciliation between The Anglican Church of Australia and The Lutheran Church of Australia | Report from the Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue in Australia | 2001
  • Report of The All Africa Anglican-Lutheran Commission | Nairobi, Kenya, | 1-4 April 2001