LCMS president and Anglican Church in North America official participate in Fort Wayne, Ind., forum

ST. LOUIS—October 26, 2011—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), will be one of the speakers at the “Contemporary Issues Facing the Church in North America” forum Oct. 27-28 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The event will be the third installment of a four-part dialogue between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the LCMS. The two church bodies began dialogue in 2010.

The two Christian church bodies are not partner churches. But their representatives have been affirming and supporting one another in areas related to natural law as it pertains to some societal and ecclesial trends such as traditional families, adoption by homosexuals, the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the inspiration of Scripture.

An open forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Sihler Auditorium on the seminary campus, 6600 N. Clinton St. The event is free and open to the public. It also will be streamed live online at (Click the Watch Live! link.)

Also scheduled to speak at the forum is Rev. Dr. Jonathan Riches, Associate Professor of Liturgics, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Blue Bell, Pa.

Harrison hopes the dialogue with the ACNA will help strengthen and encourage credal and evangelical Christians in these last dark days. “It is refreshing to discuss with people who are credal, evangelical and believe the Bible,” he said.

Harrison will be speaking about the opportunities and challenges for traditional, orthodox Christianity, particularly that of confessional Lutheranism.

The final session of the four-part dialogue between the ACNA and the LCMS has not yet been scheduled.


About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit



Vicki Biggs
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