1. Vocational Sunday - April 17, 2016
and congregations are invited to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter
as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry.
congregations play a vital role in leadership formation. In faithful,
prayerful community, we help each other to hear God's call and encourage
each other to exercise gifts for ministry. Resources for Vocational
Sunday can be found here: http://www.elcic.ca/Leadership/VocationalSunday.cfm
conversation around the call to rostered ministry, we challenge all
rostered ministers to make a 30-second video that starts with, "I first
felt the call to rostered ministry when..." and finishes with, "My one
piece of advice to someone who may be feeling a call to ministry is..." Share your video on social media and be sure to use the #VocationalSunday hashtag.
The following prayer is recommended for Vocational Sunday (Evangelical Lutheran Worship page 74): We
give you thanks, O God, for all of life and for our common calling as
your servants, for the work of your church and for the ministries of
word, sacrament and service. We give you thanks for women and men whom
you call to be leaders in your church and for teachers who form them
for service. Through the witness and mission of our seminaries may the
church join courageously in your work of compassion, mercy, justice and
peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.
2. ELCIC Responds to TRC Call to Action #48
In a statement issued by the ELCIC, the church lifts up its commitment to implementing the values and principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and recognizes the importance of the declaration as the framework for reconciliation.
The statement responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) final report issued June 2015, which included within it 94 Calls to Action. Read the full statement here.
3. Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions
Are you planning some travel across Canada this summer? If you are looking for worship opportunities, check out the ELCIC's Find a Congregation tool.
And did you know that you
can also attend one of the many Synod Conventions that are happening
across our church this spring/summer as well? Registering as a visitor
is a great way to see what's happening across our church! Find out more
by visiting the synod websites.
April 21-23: Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod Convention, Winnipeg, MB
April 28-May 1: British Columbia Synod Convention, Coquitlam, BC
June 3-5: Saskatchewan Synod Convention, Saskatoon, SK
June 16-18: Synod of Alberta and the Territories Convention, Camrose, AB
June 23-26: Eastern Synod Assembly, Toronto, ON
And don't forget our great national events as well!
May 16-22: Diaconal Ministers Gathering, Winnipeg, MB
July 24-27: National Worship Conference, Waterloo, ON
August 17-21: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering,
4. CLAY 2016 Registration Begins
Calling all young Anglicans and Lutherans! Registration is now open for the 2016 Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Running from August 17-21 at the
University of Prince Edward Island, the event promises five days of fun,
learning, worship, and spiritual growth.
Co-hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the
Anglican Church of Canada, CLAY brings together hundreds of young
Anglicans and Lutherans from across Canada to participate in ministry
and outreach projects, and also features music, drama, and a keynote
To read the remainder of the news release, please click on this link: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering 2016 Registration Begins
To register online for this event, please click here.
5. Companion of the Worship Arts 2016
Call for Nominations
The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).
Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing
inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through
worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the
National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.
In 2016, the Companion of the Worship Arts will be
conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24
- 27, 2016. To find out more about the 2016 Call for Nominations, please click here. Due date for receiving nominations is March 31, 2016.
6. Women of Faith Fund Grant Applications Due by May 1
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. ELCIC Reformation 2017
Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s
themes and goals. The overall theme is Liberated by God's Grace with three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale.
Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to
give expression to being "Liberated by God's Grace" through the ELCIC
Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:
- Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
- Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
- Plant 500,000 trees
- Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
To date ELCIC members have made the following commitments to the Reformation Challenge:
Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Working Group
ELCIC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have convened a
Working Group to encourage Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the
Reformation together in 2017. The Working Group gathered in December
2015, and again in February 2016, and plans to produce a five-session Together in Christ - A Lenten Study for joint-parish use in Lent 2017 in addition to Gospel-based Together in Christ - A Lenten Journey homily helps for the five Sundays in Lent. Across Canada, around Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ - Common Prayer Reformation commemorations are being planned using the newly-published (LWF & Vatican) Common Prayer.
Details will be confirmed in the coming months. We invite our ELCIC
community to include this important work in the prayers of the faithful.
From Conflict to Communion: http://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-conflict-communion-basis-lutheran-catholic-commemoration-reformation-2017
Reformation 2017 Common Prayer
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican have invited Lutherans and Catholics around the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. Common Prayer is based upon the themes of From Conflict to Communion. In October 2016, the LWF and Vatican will host an ecumenical Commemoration using Common Prayer in Lund, Sweden, where the LWF was founded in 1947. The Commemoration
will be led by Pope Francis and LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan,
and General Secretary, Dr. Martin Junge.
Information on Canadian Events
We are gathering news of 2017
Reformation events. Find out more at http://www.elcic.ca/reformation2017/ . If your congregation, community or institution is
planning something special for 2017, we would like to hear from you!
Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what's
happening. If you have any information available online, give us the
link! We would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist
getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for
Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at email@example.com.
8. 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal
Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes
The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the
Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.
Congregations throughout the
ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday in 2016 to highlight this appeal
at a time that works best for their local circumstances. View the
resources online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal .
9. Compassionate Justice Updates
Earth Day - April 22, 2016
Earth day reminds us of our
commitments to responsible resource extraction, climate justice and the
stewardship of creation. The prayer below may be helpful for Earth Day
Almighty God, in giving us
dominion over things on earth, you made us coworkers in your creation.
Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature so that no
one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come
may continue to praise you for your bounty; through your Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord.
-Stewardship of natural resources (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 80)
Winds of Change Campaign
In response to the Truth and
Reconciliation Call to Action #62, KAIROS has prepared a petition for
each province and territory calling on each jurisdiction to make the
history of residential schools and treaties to be a mandatory part of
the school curriculum. Find out more and download a petition by clicking here.
Welcoming the Stranger
Have you affirmed the core
faith values for Welcoming the Stranger? The ELCIC National Convention
endorsed this initiative in July, 2015. For more information, please click here.
10. Spirited Discipleship Updates
National Youth Project: Right to Water
Living Justice - Life Giving Waters is a new resource exploring the theme of water through
biblical reflection and activities. It was prepared by the Youth
Council of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF),
ELCIC's partner for the National Youth Project. The resource includes a
challenge to share insights through social media. It will soon be
posted on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Youth/RightToWater.cfm.
11. Healthy Church Updates
2016 National Worship Conference
The joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's 2016 National Worship Conference will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24-27 under the
theme Formation & Reformation: Worship, Justice and God's
emphasis on justice and mission, the National Worship Conference brings
together presenters and participants from across Canada to explore the
worship life of the church. The 2016 keynote addresses will be given
by The Rev. Dr. Bruce Jenneker (Cape Town, South Africa) and The Rev.
Dr. Stephen Larson (New Hamburg, Ontario). Look to the National Worship
Conference website for details.
Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD)
Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee has been gathering papers from
ELCIC teaching scholars and other doctors of the church around the
matter of ordered ministry and with particular attention to diakonia and diaconal
ministry. FOD met in March to begin its face-to-face work and again in May, this time with
members of the community of diaconal ministers to frame an ELCIC Study Guide on Orders of Ministry for use in the fall of 2016. Updates will be posted at http://www.elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine/ as they become available.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey
The World Council of Churches
offers some terrific continuing education possibilities which might be
of interest to ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these seminars are
offered at the Bossey Institute (near Geneva, Switzerland) but there
are exceptions. Look for:
Youth in Asia Training for
Religious Amity (YATRA), 30 May - 12 June 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia;
Pastoral Challenges to Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and
Multi-faith World, 14 - 31 August 2016, Bossey, Switzerland; more.
Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:
Interfaith Curriculum Resources
Scarboro Missions, a Canadian Roman Catholic mission society, maintains
an excellent repository of curriculum, do-it-yourself workshops and
educational resources for interfaith and multi-faith work. Much of it
is accessible to Lutherans and could help to undergird interfaith
refugee resettlements efforts in the ELCIC.
To access Scarboro Mission's resources, please click here.
WCC's Current Dialogue - Explore Multiple Religious Belonging
Volume 57 of Current Dialogue (December 2015) explores the reality of multiple religious belonging where people express themselves through more than one faith tradition.
The issue is timely in the context of present-day Canada. The article of Canadian James
Christie touches on an episode familiar to many pastors. Current Dialogue is available for free online. Please click here to get more information and to access the latest issue.
12. Effective Partnerships Updates
Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC)
The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission is meeting in April. A Task Group has been collecting constitutions, memoranda of understanding, covenants and the like in joint Anglican-Lutheran settings. The idea is to discern best practices and to offer possibilities to JALC.
CLWR: EMERGENCY: Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years.
Your support is needed now to prevent hunger
humanitarian crisis few have heard about in North America, yet it has
been classified at the highest level of humanitarian emergency, along
with the war in Syria. No rain has put more than 10 million people at
risk for starvation in Ethiopia, and an estimated 400,000 children are
at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition, which can lead to
stunting, and physical and mental delays in development. Canadian
Lutheran World Relief is working with trusted aid agencies on the
ground to provide Ethiopian families with food now. Your support also
helps provide the supplies and infrastructure they need to produce food
when the rains do come. Please donate today to provide food and
livelihood supports for those affected by hunger: http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/F669712/ethiopiadroughtappeal.php
Read more about the crisis on CBC News: Ethiopia faces worst drought in 50 years, UN warns: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ethiopia-drought-warning-1.3418321
CLWR: Canadian Lutheran World Relief Annual Report
See your support at work. The 2014-15 Annual Report of CLWR is available on their website now: http://bit.ly/1SbDKQQ
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