1. Registration Reminder for the 2013 Joint Assembly
The 2013 National Convention will take place as part of the 2013 Joint Assembly with the Anglican Church of Canada at the Ottawa Convention Centre from July 3 to 7. The registration information package is available on the 2013 Joint Assembly website. Online registration for delegates (rostered and lay) closes April 12, 2013. Visitors can also register online.
By now, all parishes should have elected their lay delegates and lay alternates to the National Convention. See the Joint Assembly website under the "For Delegates" section for a copy of this notice and the delegate notification form.
Further information as it becomes available will be posted online at www.jointassembly.ca .
2. Submission of 2012 Annual Parochial Reports due by March 31
Congregations are to submit their 2012 Annual Parochial Reports online by March 31. Forms and the online link are available on the ELCIC website under "Resources" at http://elcic.ca/Parochial-Reports/default.cfm.
3. Share your greetings with 2013 Joint Assembly delegates
Help kick off the first ever joint ELCIC-Anglican Church of Canada assembly in Ottawa this summer! As a group or solo, clergy or lay, young or old, consider doing something that shows your part of the country and record your video greeting which will be played at the 2013 Joint Assembly. Find out more here.
4. Let the peoples praise you, O God
Support the ministry of the wider church through your participation of the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal. Check out the resources available and plan to hold your congregation's Praise Appeal Sunday. The resources have been updated based on your feedback; this year we have even included a resource for a children's message.
5. Study Guide on Word and Sacrament ministry
National Church Council (NCC) has directed its Faith, Order and Doctrine (FOD) Committee to study the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCIC. This request evolved from the recognition of both the importance of sacramental ministry and the challenges to the regular provision of sacramental ministry.
Conversation around providing regular sacramental ministry has been ongoing. While this is not a new issue, it became more focused when the question of lay presiding at Holy Communion was placed before NCC by the Saskatchewan Synod in September 2012.
The FOD committee held an initial meeting via conference call in late September, 2012; requested papers from seminary professors and those with advanced theological degrees; and had a second meeting in February, 2013 where the submissions were reviewed in detail.
As part of a plan to proceed, FOD requested that NCC broaden the terms of reference from the narrower consideration of lay presiding to the larger consideration of the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry. NCC approved this request at their March 2013 meeting.
Now your prayers and participation are invited as we move forward together!
As servants of the whole church we are seeking to widen the conversation. One way to do this is to prepare a Study Guide for the whole church regarding Word and Sacrament ministry.
You are invited, as individuals and congregations, to join in a review of the Study Guide Outline and to offer reflections to assist in the development of the Study Guide itself. Please watch for the Study Guide Outline which will be made available the beginning of April.
6. Women of Faith Fund grant applications due May 1
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides grants for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating "the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others." The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund honours the work of women in our church in the areas of faith and spiritual growth, fostering supportive communities, developing leadership skills and working towards justice and peace," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.
For more information on the Women of Faith Fund and to get an application form, please click here. Deadline for submission of applications is May 1. For inquiries on the Women of Faith Fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
7. Compassionate Justice updates
KAIROS Nation to Nation Bike Tour: July 27 to August 25
This summer, KAIROS and The Otesha Project are partnering to co-host the Nation to Nation Bike Tour. This month-long cycling event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, as well as feature a new version of the Blanket Exercise as participants bike across South-Eastern Ontario. Find out more: http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/nation-to-nation-bike-tour/
Our Waters Our Life - KAIROS
Join us for a series of individual, local, and national actions between World Water Day (March 22) and National Aboriginal Day (June 21). This action is a continuation of more than 40 years of work to build right relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Find out more: http://www.kairoscanada.org/take-action/our-waters-our-life-kairos-local-national-action-to-protect-water/
Time to Refocus our Approach to Climate Change: KAIROS Policy Briefing Paper No. 35
This Briefing Paper presents new evidence on how the unprecedented melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice is threatening to increase global temperatures by as much as three degrees beyond what will result from burning oil, gas and coal. This paper highlights some of the feasible actions we can take to curb greenhouse gas emission, beginning with cancelling plans for new tar sands pipelines. View the paper here: http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/time-to-refocus-our-approach-to-climate-change-kairos-policy-briefing-paper-no-35/
Prayers for Holy Land on April 24 and the 24th of every month
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites members of the church to pray for peace in the Middle East on the 24th of each month. The regular call to prayer is part of a global ecumenical prayer vigil initiated by ACT Alliance. Read more about the Bishop's call for prayer here: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=331
Mark April 4 as Refugee Rights Day
For further information, visit the Canadian Council for Refugees website:
Faith and Genetics
The Canadian Council of Churches has developed a new study resource on Faith and Genetics designed for small group study. If your congregation is interested in using this resource, contact Rev. Paul Gehrs at the ELCIC office, email@example.com or call 204-984-9156.
Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse
May 27 & 28, 2013 - McGill University, Montreal
This conference will focus on understanding the role of religion in public discourse and how religious voices can make positive contributions to the pursuit of the common good. To find out more, please contact Sheida Rezapour at 416.972.9494 extension 41 or firstname.lastname@example.org- and check out http://www.bridgingthedivide.ca/
Caught in Traffick
This national women’s gathering on human trafficking will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 21-23, 2013 at the Canadian Mennonite University. For further details visit: http://www.wicc.org/caught-in-traffick/
The ELCIC has a limited number of copies of the following resources available.
- No Place Like Home (Congregational resource on understanding)
- What's Enough? (Four-part study on making faithful decisions in a consumer society)
- In Peace and Friendship (KAIROS resources on relationships with Indigenous peoples)
- Horizons for the Reign of God: 1997 Social Statement on Sustainable Economics
To order, contact Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership: email@example.com
8. CEARN Resource and CCFGM Opportunities
Cracking open White Identity towards transformation
The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network has prepared a resource that zeros in on White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work. This resource includes stories, biblical reflections, and workshops. They are presented in a format that is usable for discussion and study in a variety of small group settings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org . A contribution of $10 per copy is requested.
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
The Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministries (CCFGM) is offering several opportunities to focus on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. Designed for leaders of faith communities, participants will develop awareness of their own culture, engage theories of culture and healthy relationships, and apply learning to the practice of ministry.
2013 Program Dates & Locations:
- June 9-15, 2013, Toronto, ON, Toronto School of Theology
- Fall Weekend seminar series, Downtown Toronto, 9 days: Sept 12-14, Oct. 10-12, Nov. 14-16
For more information and to register, please visit: www.ccforum.ca or CCFGM co-directors at 416.924.9351 or email@example.com .
9. Spirited Discipleship
August 10-24, 2013 - Youth Scholars program
The August program is for young people who wish to explore life and leadership at the intersection of faith and culture. Participants must be age 16 - 20 (by Dec 31, 2013) who have completed at least grade 10 at high school. Successful applicants are given full scholarship to attend, but must provide their own travel. Visit the website for details and applications process: www.askandimagine.org Questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 4-10, 2013 - Adults in Youth Ministry
The May program is one week long, for anyone 18 and over who is involved in youth ministry in any capacity. Focus on theological grounding for youth ministry, skills development, retreat and reflection and living in community. At Huron University College, London, ON. Tuition for the week is $350 and you are responsible for your own transportation. Registration and information can be found at www.askandimagine.org. For questions, please email: email@example.com.
10. Support the CCC in an Evening of Scripture and Song in The Rhythm of the Rock
All are warmly invited to join The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) for an evening of scripture and song on May 15, 7:30 p.m., at Metropolitan United Church (Toronto). The ecumenical celebration will be hosted by CBC Producer Frank Faulk and will feature eight top musical acts including the renowned St. Michael's Choir School. The event will also inaugurate the Eleos Award. The first three recipients of this recognition for contributions to ecumenism are Rick Tobias, President and CEO of Yonge Street Mission, the Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian of Holy Trinity Armenian Orthodox Church, and the Very Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy, Former Vice President of the CCC and President of the St. John's and Area Council of Churches.
Please join us for this wonderful evening and support the ongoing work of The Canadian Council of Churches. Buy your tickets here.
11. Talk to us about your gardening inspirations in Canada Lutheran
Whether you have a green thumb or not, gardening can be a hobby, a source of inspiration or even more.
In an upcoming issue of Canada Lutheran, we hope to explore how gardening feeds our bodies, spirits, and communities. How does tilling the soil help you unwind? Does spending time with green and growing things lift your mood or inspire your soul? Have you ever planted a row for the food bank or shared a community garden plot? Tell us what gardening teaches you about God's wise ways by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Gardens" in the subject line.
12. Get Hands-On with Discipleship and Mission Workshop, April 9-12
A course workshop on discipleship and mission will take place from April 9 to 12 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) in Saskatoon. Workshop participants will leave with a six-month plan aimed at jump-starting their journey, tailored to their particular context and situation. Participants will have access to coaching and support as they return to their respective churches and implement their plans.
This workshop will teach you:
- 8 fundamental principles for making disciples equipped for mission
- How to apply these discipling principles in your own life and ministry
- How to make a plan for discipleship and mission that gets results
- How to continue your learning process beyond this four-day workshop
The workshop will be instructed by Rev. Arnold R. "Ernie" Hinojosa, M.Div. Director for Evangelical Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is currently the mission director for the North Carolina synod and has extensive experience in training and supervising mission developers. He is a frequent speaker/resource person in the ares of evangelism and outreach.
To get more information on this workshop and to get an application form, please click here. Cost is $325 based on a joint registration of rostered minister and one lay leader. Limited seats are available for this workshop. For inquiries please contact email@example.com .
"This workshop renewed me and is contributing to the revitalization of my congregation. It has equipped me to be a more effective leader and just simply, a more committed Christian." -Ali Tote, Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Saskatoon
13. LTS Offers Course on Native North American Contexts of Ministry and Mission, May 13-17
An ecumenical graduate course titled "Conversations in Indigenous Intercultural Ministry" by Dr. Terry LeBlanc is offered at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) on May 13-17. A great resource for rostered leaders, this course will introduce the students to contemporary Native North American (First nations, Inuit and Metis) contexts of ministry and mission via several teaching paradigms including: worldview; concepts of spirituality; issues in culture and faith; and ministry as community development. Moving beyond the notion of multi-culturalism, the course will engage these paradigms from an intercultural vantage point, offering a perspective framed by the historic mission and ministry issues characterizing colonial mission in Canada. Utilizing case studies from the Native North American context as well as community and personal illustrations from the instructor, the current climate of reconciliation between native peoples in Canada and the wider Canadian population will form the consistent backdrop for discussion in class.
The course is open for graduate credit ($1000) to those who have an MDiv or Master of Theological Studies or equivalent, or audit ($500) to those who have any prior theological degree. To register, please contact Susan Avant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the instructor
Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq /Acadian living near Entwhistle AB. He is the Chair and Director of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), a formal and informal educational and capacity-building and training ministry with Indigenous peoples. He has written extensively on social issues and intercultural encounters as well as contributions to the Zondervan published Faith in Action Study Bible, The Edinburgh 2010 Documents and Global Theology in Evangelical Context. He is the managing editor for the journal of NAIITS and a contributing editor to Cultural Encounters. Terry holds a PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary.
14. Invitation to Witness the Montreal Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event
The upcoming national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will take place in Montreal from April 24 to 27. Survivors or former students of the Indian Residential Schools system run by the Canadian government and four Canadian churches will gather with their families and the wider Canadian community and tell their stories.
Wherever you live, KAIROS invites you to watch the testimony, pray, and take action. See the PDF resource for more information, a link to the event's live streaming website, a prayer, and an excerpt of Canada's apology to residential school survivors.
Please click here for more information on this upcoming event. For inquiries, please contact Julie Graham, Education and Campaigns Coordinator, Dignity and Rights at email@example.com or 1.877.403.8933 extension 233.
15. Help close the gap between First Nations and neighbouring communities with CiRCLe M
CiRCLe M is wanting to help close the gap between First Nations and their neighbouring communities, using churches as bridges for conversation and friendship building.
A "Building Bridges" group between Hobbema and adjacent Wetaskiwin in Alberta is being developed as part of CiRCLe M's First Nations Rural Neighbours Friendship Initiative that includes clergy, native elders, school principals, Truth and Reconciliation workers and others.
If you would like more information or to explore the possibility of involving your congregation and community, please contact Colleen Rickard or Cam Harder at CiRCLe M at 306-966-7867 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit their website at www.circle-m.ca.
16. Serve as a board member for ELCIC Group Services Inc.
ELCIC Group Services Inc. is now looking for energetic, talented and knowledgeable individuals to serve on its board. Appointments begin in the fall for a four-year term and meetings are held semi-annually in Winnipeg.
If you are interested in applying, complete the biographical data form which is found in our website at www.elcicgsi.ca.
For more information, please call ELCIC GSI at 1-877-342-4247. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying, please pass along this information.
17. CLWR Updates
Refugee Sponsorship Information Session in Kitchener, ON
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is partnering with Mennonite Central Committee and other community partners on a refugee sponsorship information session on Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-9:30 at Stirling Mennonite Church, 57 Stirling Avenue North, Kitchener, ON. It will include a presentation on the new refugee sponsorship project, identified populations, testimonies from resettled refugees, dialogue and discussion on the formation of strategic partnerships, and opportunities for sponsorship.
Please RSVP by Friday, March 28 to Sheryl Bruggeling at 905-646-3161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the blog of Canadian Lutheran World Relief's volunteer in Peru
CLWR volunteer Carmelle Mohr will be working in Lima for the next six months with Diaconia, one of CLWR's Peruvian partners. You can follow her progress and contribute your own thoughts on her blog: theperuviansquare.wordpress.com.
Carmelle writes: "The Peruvian Square blog is a space where all are welcome to share in topics and experiences of faith-based development and stewardship. These topics are extremely important to discuss with open minds and hearts. It is our hope that The Peruvian Square will be a common place where we may do just that.
Hold a CLWR Sunday
CLWR Sunday is an opportunity to give recognition to what has been accomplished through the joint efforts of CLWR and ELCIC, as they partner together in mission and service for others. The 2013 CLWR Sunday worship package will be ready in June, but the 2012 package is still available for use: http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/documents/CLWRSunday2012WorshipResourcesELCIC_000.pdf
Contact CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 to arrange for a speaker to attend your CLWR Sunday, or to discuss your resource needs.
CLWR 2014 Global Encounter to the Holy Land
Preliminary preparations are underway for a CLWR Global Encounter to the Holy Land, when CLWR will take a small group of travellers into the homes and lives of the people CLWR helps. The 2014 trip is scheduled for February 19-March 3. You can register your interest in participating by contacting Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director, at email@example.com.
18.Tell Your Story
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