New age dawns for Lutherans, Catholics (Minong, WI)

It’s the dawning of a new age.

That’s the way Lutherans and Roman Catholics in the Minong and Solon Springs churches are describing an ecumenical worship service planned for 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong.

The worship celebrates the healing of five centuries of conflict between Lutherans and Roman Catholics that began with the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

Five area congregations will participate in “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation” — Calvary Lutheran with Pastor Carl Heidel, Our Savior Lutheran in Solon Springs with Pastor Jason Clifton, and the Roman Catholic tri-parish of Solon Springs, Gordon and Minong with Rev. James Kinney.

This ecumenical service is one result of more than 50 years of effort by the leadership of both denominations to build peace and unity between their two groups. Those efforts led to an ecumenical prayer service in Lund, Sweden in 2016 in which both Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation participated.
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