We affirm that the Holy Spirit bestows unity and opens us to new possibilities to provide an effective expression of God’s love in Christ. The same Spirit call us to accept the convergences already achieved among us and work toward the goal of unity willed by Christ, while acknowledging and respecting the doctrinal differences among us.
Impelled by the Spirit, the bishops of our three traditions have convened annual days of dialogue among our clergy and laity and have encouraged our parishes to work together in the cause of Christian unity. Indeed, a long history of cooperation exists among us.
We believe that the same Spirit calls us now to enter into this formal covenant as a sign of our increased commitment to the unity of the whole Christian Church. This covenant is a witness to the one Spirit who will lead all Christians to the fulfillment of Our Lord’s high priestly prayer and is not a declaration of an exclusive relationship among our three traditions.