Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada are deepening their links and may be in full communion by the year 2001.

On May 25, the Anglican Church in Canada's (ACC) general council gave overwhelming approval in principle to a declaration intended to lead to closer ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) approved a document - "Called to Full Communion" - at its convention last year, and the church is already preparing to make the necessary changes to its constitution.

A study guide prepared by a joint working group of the two churches will "assist Lutherans and Anglicans in Canada to assess the proposals for full communion between" the two churches.