So what are we? Episcopalian? Lutheran? Luthscapalions? EpiscoLus?
To be honest, we’re not entirely sure ourselves. Some of us identify as Lutheran – others, Episcopalian. And others, something in between. What is most important is that we are all Christians—followers of Jesus who are committed of sharing God’s message of love and hope for our world.
Our partnership is possible thanks to an agreement called Called to a Common Mission. That is the relationship of Full Communion adopted between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001. That agreement partners certain national Lutheran and Episcopal efforts, allows for the exchange of clergy between one another’s denominations, as well as makes possible church partnership such as we have at CTK-Epiphany.
And it all works because, well, Lutherans and Episcopalians are very similar. I mean really similar. The liturgies are nearly identical; many of the hymns the same. The Episcopalians were already using the Lutheran Church’s Sunday School materials—the Lutherans were using adult education resources from the Episcopalians. You get the idea. Nationally our Churches came together because 99% of what we believe is the same, and the 1% that’s different isn’t worth remaining separate over. Locally, we’ve found it the same: our work is too important to remain separate. God has called us to important work in Wilbraham and beyond, and we are blessed to be able to do that work together.