…As a sacramental church, we look for effective signs of our union. Oddly, the strongest “sacrament” of our union is found not in our worship space, but in our kitchen. For years, our double-sized fridge with its two sliding-glass doors had two sides, the Anglican side and the Lutheran side, holding Anglican cream and Lutheran pickles and only occasionally an ecumenical cake. Down the counter a few metres were the separate Anglican and Lutheran coffee cupboards, containing different coffee brands and cookie packages (it is probably just a matter of taste, but the Anglicans had better coffee, while the Lutherans were much more adventurous cookie purchasers). We now have a very catholic fridge, in which everything belongs to all. Even better, our shared coffee cupboard stands side by side with an equally ecumenical, and particularly well-stocked, cookie and snack cupboard. This is the fruit of the Waterloo Declaration at its most immediate.
This could have chilling effects on ecumenism.