The Moravian Church in Britain and Ireland

Background

The Church of England and the Moravian Church in Britain and Ireland have both inherited much that is common, even though the reformation experience led each to develop along different paths. However, they have both inherited much that is common and it is on this basis that the two churches have come together to work towards visible unity.

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In 1985 the Moravian Church approached the Church of England, suggesting the setting up of Conversations. From 1989 to 1995 delegates from both churches met and through their Conversations achieved significant theological convergence. They acknowledged each other as churches with authentic ministries and sacraments and identified ways in which they could commit themselves to grow together.

The Fetter Lane Common Statement was agreed on 19 May 1995 at the Fetter Lane Moravian Church in Chelsea.

It is hoped that the agreement between the Anglican Church in England and the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland will serve as a basis for progress towards visible unity between Anglicans and Moravians in other countries where the traditions exist alongside each other.