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Vocational Sunday

TRC Call to Action #48

Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions


Call for Nominations

Grant Applications for 2016

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Resources Now Available

Earth Day, Winds of Change and More

Right to Water

2016 NWC, FOD and More

JALC and CLWR Updates

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1. Vocational Sunday - April 17, 2016


ELCIC members and congregations are invited to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry.


Individuals and 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


To encourage 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,

Charlottetown, PEI



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 speaker.


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


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 womenoffaithfund@elcic.ca .



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

The 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.


Lund Commemoration:


Common Prayer.https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/joint-common-prayer-lutheran-catholic-common-commemoration-reformation-2017


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 in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca.



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 and beyond.


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 Mission.


With an 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)

The 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

The 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


It's a 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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Get Connected Through Canada Lutheran

From progressive ministries to practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to people and ideas that will provide discussion and connect them to their home congregations, the National Church, and our global ministries - helping our members live their lives In Mission for Others.


A Congregational Subscription Plan (CSP) to Canada Lutheran is your best way to stay connected. For your congregational subscription, please contact your respective Canada Lutheran representative. To get your church started on a congregational subscription and for individual subscriptions, please contact Barb Wiebe at canaluth@elcic.ca



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