Holy Faith Church, Lutheran and Episcopal, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Faith Lutheran and Holy Cross Episcopal began as separate congregations sharing our current building with each congregation having its own separate worship space.

In the late 1990s, talks began between the national bodies of the Episcopal Church and the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) to develop a true Christian fellowship. After all, Episcopalians and the ELCA had a lot of the same hymns, prayers and liturgy.

In July 2000, an agreement entitled "Called to Common Mission" (CCM) was drafted and approved, and our two denominations achieved full communion. This officially opened up the possibility of sharing pastors and combining congregations to worship together as one.

In 2004, Faith Lutheran and Holy Cross Episcopal embraced CCM and combined to form one congregation, Holy Faith Church. Thus began our new life worshipping together in joy and faith. We enjoy voice and vote in the decisions of both the Southeastern Michigan Synod of the ELCA and the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

Today, Holy Faith Church is one of a handful of combined Episcopal and ELCA churches in the United States.