Dear REC Brothers and Sisters:
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!
Attached to this communication is an introductory letter from Archbishop Foley Beach regarding some affirmations/study guides that have been produced by our ecumenical dialogues with our fellow Christians in the North American Lutheran Church. This group of Lutherans is a counterpart to us in the Anglican Church in North America. They are the Gospel conservatives who left the liberal Lutheran Church (ELCA) shortly after ACNA was formed. They have also been involved in the ecumenical dialogues with the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.
As the Ecumenical Dean for ACNA, I have participated in many of these meetings and approved together with our College of Bishops (including the Council of Bishops of the REC) the attached affirmations/study guides on the subjects of Jesus Christ, Holy Scripture, Baptism and Holy Communion. As our first steps in confessing the faith once delivered together, I commend these affirmations/study guides to you and your ministries. I also encourage you to consider working through these affirmations/studies with our fellow Christians of the North American Lutheran Church in your area. May the Lord bless you as we make these ecumenical efforts in obedience to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 17), to the end that “we might be one . . . that the world might believe.”
Sincerely in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton