full text of the statement here (and print it out). The statement expresses joyful commonality and without reservation agreement in the core teachings (articles) of the Christian faith shared by our church bodies. That just might be an understatement. In reality, this common confession goes beyond what the LCMS was able to affirm with our own Lutheran cousins in the ELCA. It is striking that we would find such a friendly reception with those decidedly outside the Lutheran framework of confession and history.
That said, there are elements of the discussion that must and will continue before the possibility of more common confession is possible. Here included is the whole idea of a confessional tradition in addition to the creeds (a given for Lutherans and something more difficult for Anglicans), the ministerial office (both its three fold character and the possibility of women's ordination), the practice and discipline of the Lord's Table, and the liturgy (especially uniformity of the liturgy in the congregations).
As should be noted, this is but the first leg of the discussions and it is a cause for rejoicing that we have found such serious interest in theology and such surprising commonality with respect to the core of Christian faith and practice.
The key here is... more to come... to be sure.