3. 2019 National Convention
4. Faith, Order and Doctrine
6. Canada Lutheran
7. Empowered Disciples
8. Reconciled Relationships
9. One Body Working Together
10.Schools and Seminaries
11.Tell Your Story
12.Share These Resources

The Devastation of Cyclone Idai
Standing With Our Muslim Neighbours
Reimagining Our Church
Calendar of Events
Feature Article and Subscriptions
KAIROS, Mutual Ministry Guiude and More
CJP, WCC and More
Waterloo Ministries Directory, LWF and Wills
MLUC, Luther College and LTS
Share Your Story In Mission for Others
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1. ELCIC Members Encouraged to Respond Through Prayers and Financial Support Following the Devastation of Cyclone Idai


**UPDATE as of April 1, 2019: The Government of Canada has announced that donations designated to Cyclone Idai will be matched until April 14.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through our partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), calls on its members to respond through prayer and financial aid in support of relief efforts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi following the devastation of Cyclone Idai. The powerful storm, which made landfall in Mozambique on March 15, killed at least 750 people and has left hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.


"We pray for all those affected by Cyclone Idai," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "We pray for the people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, for the dead, the injured, the displaced, and all who mourn the effects of Cyclone Idai. We pray for generous support of all who will work to bring relief and aid."


Needs have only increased in the days since the storm. Damaged infrastructure is complicating humanitarian efforts and damaged water systems are intensifying the risk of waterborne illnesses like cholera. Children are particularly vulnerable and many have been separated from their families.


CLWR is responding to relief efforts through its partnership in the Humanitarian Coalition, a national coalition that will raise funds to support a quick and effective response through ACT Alliance, which includes organizations on the ground in all three affected countries who are well-positioned to deliver immediate response.


As part of the ELCIC's Disaster Response Fund, $5,000 will be forwarded immediately to CLWR to assist with relief efforts.


Individuals and congregations wishing to support relief efforts can donate as follows:

  • Make a designated offering donation for "Cyclone Idai" through any ELCIC congregation.
  • Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502) to donate by credit card or go online at https://www.clwr.org/cyclone-idai.
  • Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to "Cyclone Idai."

2. Standing With Our Muslim Neighbours

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written an open letter to Muslim friends in Canada and Muslim neighbours in New Zealand, following the attack of the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A pdf of the letter can be found here. To read the letter on our website, please click here.


3. 2019 National Convention Updates

The 2019 National Convention will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Centre for Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina from July 11-13, 2019.


Last Call for Delegates to Register - Ends April 12

If you haven't registered yet for the 2019 National Convention, consider this as our last reminder. Information on our National Convention can be found in the Registration Package made available on our ELCIC website. Online registration started on March 3 and will be closed to delegates on April 12. Please consider this as a last call to register.


Sponsors and Exhibitors Information Package

Opportunities exist for sponsorship or attending as an exhibitor at the convention. The Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages are available on our convention website. Please click here.


Volunteers Needed for the 2019 National Convention

The Local Arrangements Committee for the 2019 National Convention is recruiting volunteers to assist during the convention. If you live in Regina and would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email nationalconvention@elcic.ca. Areas where help is needed are the following:


  • Registration
  • Information Desk
  • Transportation
  • Usher
  • Steward
  • Office


Stay Up-to-Date With Our National Convention Updates!

Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2019 National Convention by visiting the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2019-Regina/default.cfm .

4. Reimagining Our Church: Public Ministry in the ELCIC

Early in March, National Church Council (NCC) received Reimagining Our Church: Public Ministry in the ELCIC from NCC's Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD). Reimagining Our Church is the product of a six-year journey which has included the publication of a Study Guide on Word and Sacrament Ministry (2014), To Love Our Neighbours as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC (2016) and Public Ministry in the ELCIC: A Preliminary Draft (2018). Reimagining Our Church is published with a Reader's Guide and a set of Enabling Resolutions which will come to the 2019 National Convention in Regina.


The Reader's Guide has been prepared to make navigating Reimagining Our Church a little lighter. The Reader's Guide provides key concepts for each section and will assist those who may wish to move through the heavier foundational and background material to Sections 4 and 5. Section 4 offers a vision for the ELCIC which is missional, diaconal and prophetic. Section 5 offers principles, aspirations and recommendations. "In Section 5, we set forth some statements that describe the envisioned church. These statements are aspiration, that is, they represent the hopes and expectations of the vision for the future church, one into which our communities might live and grow. Additionally, because of our rapidly changing social and cultural landscape, we propose how our church might begin to fulfill these aspirations. Finally, we make a series of recommendations responding to questions raised with FOD." Reimagining Our Church is available here.


5. ELCIC Calendar of Events


You and your congregation can be informed of ELCIC's Calendar of Events. For a sneak peek of what's coming up and to help prepare you and your congregation for any upcoming events, please click here.


6. Canada Lutheran: Parents and Teachers Wanted for a Feature Article

Canada Lutheran is looking for parents and teachers who are willing to be interviewed for an upcoming feature article in the October/November issue about parenting in a digital world. If interested. please send an email to editor@elcic.ca with "parenting in a digital world" in the subject line.

Enjoy Reading Canada Lutheran With Our Individual Subscription Plan

For more than three decades, Canada Lutheran continues to nurture the Lutheran spirit by providing information, inspiration and interpretation of particular interest and benefit with to the members of the Evangelical Lutheran in Canada (ELCIC). Published eight times a year, every issue of Canada Lutheran is packed with feature articles that explore our faith and its role in our lives and of those around us.


If you haven't subscribed yet, act now by sending an email to: canaluth@elcic.ca . Individual subscriptions are available. Please click here to find out more. If you'd like to discover what Canada Lutheran is all about, please go to www.canadalutheran.ca .


7. Empowered Disciples


Vocational Sunday - May 12, 2019

The ELCIC marks the fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry. ELCIC members and congregations are invited to include prayers for this day. Preachers are encouraged to include the subject on vocation as part of their sermon and are also challenged to post brief reflections on the meaning of vocation through a video. For more details, please click here.


KAIROS: Register Today for Streams of Justice: KAIROS Atlantic Gathering 2019



Join KAIROS from May 2-5 for Streams of Justice, a diverse, inter-generational gathering at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq. Be part of the movement for social and ecological justice. Buuild your advocacy skills and meet others working together for change. This three-way event will help bring together the Atlantic ecumenical social justice movement. Group rates available! Registration closes April 15. Spread the word kairoscanada.org/atlanticgathering. Enter the Atlantic Gathering's E1B2 contest for exciting prizes and discounts to attend the Gathering. There are only 2 steps! 1) "Each 1 Bring 2" (E1B2) means, you get two of your friends to sign up for the event. Together you make an activist team and are eligible for a team discount of $30 per person! 2) Share with us why you think a gathering of activists or changemakers, like the one KAIROS is hosting, is important to you. It can be a social media post, a blog, a selfie with a caption, or even a video. Learn more here.


Mutual Ministry Guide

A new Mutual Ministry Guide has been prepared by the ELCIC. The purpose of this guide is:

  1. To help congregations and leaders to nurture good and healthy mutual relationships.
  2. To provide guidelines to facilitate intentional and regular evaluations of congregational ministries, the staff and rostered ministers.
  3. To seek together opportunities for growth and renewal.


For more information, please click here.


Learning Events-

Our Whole Society: Identity and Common Ground in an Age of Transition - April 28-30

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation is sponsoring the fourth conference called "Our Whole Society" which aims to foster a new dialogue about the changing role of religion in a pluralistic Canadian society. This conference is going to be held in Toronto, Ont. from April 28-30. For more information, please click here.


Canadian School of Peace Building - June 10-14 & 17-21

The Canadian School of Peace Building in Winnipeg, offers several courses each year. June courses include "Indigenous Perspective on Salvation, Repentance, Peace, and Justice." To learn more please click here.


Skylight Festival - July 26- 28

Skylight is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice. This festival will run from July 26 to 28, 2019 at Five Oaks, Paris, Ontario. For more information, please click here.


Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness - Annual Conference (November 4 to 6)

The 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is set on November 4 to 6 in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, please click here.

8. Reconciled Relationships


Healing Poverty: Reflecting the Root Causes and Spiritual Impact of Poverty

The Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches recently released a new report called "Healing Poverty." It looks at the root causes of poverty in Canada and their spiritual impact on our whole society while also offering concrete suggestions for faith communities to make action. For more details, please click here.


Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice

A new World Council of Churches resource rooted to the congregation level of churches' engagement in ecological and economic justice is an invitation to join in pilgrimage for an Economy of Life and climate justice, to commit to make changes in the way people live, and to share succesfful ideas to encourage one another. For more details, please click here.


Our Church and Our Muslim Friends and Neighbours

For several years, the ELCIC has been moving in the direction of greater engagement with our neighbours of other faiths and with Muslim sisters and brothers in particular. In light of recent events in Christchurch, New Zealand, here are several items which will help congregations in getting to know Muslim neighbours in our communities.



This summer the 2019 National Convention will consider a motion to adopt a joint Anglican-Lutheran program of ecumenical Christian-Muslim engagement based on A Common Word.


The Call to Faithfully Journey With Those Who Are Dying

National Church Council (NCC is recommending to the 2019 National Convention that a new resolution on The Call to Faithfully Journey with those who are Dying be adopted. The proposed resolution, along with resources for theological reflection and Dwelling in the Word, are available here. NCC invites members of the ELCIC to prayerfully consider these matters.


Canadian Interfaith Conversation: Our Whole Society Conference

On April 28-30, 2019, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation is sponsoring the fourth "Our Whole Society" conference which aims to foster a new dialogue about the changing role of religion in a pluralistic Canadian society. Previously held in Montreal (2013), Vancouver (2015), and Ottawa (2017), and now in Toronto, the gathering brings together leading thinkers from all sectors of society to create a space for meaningful exploration, where a variety of insights can shed light on the place and contribution of religion in a secular age. In this conference, we are building on an approach to discourse that seeks to draw on insights from diverse religious and secular traditions to navigate the challenges of constructing a society that is more robust and unified amidst its diversity. Our three sub-themes are: Rethinking Identity, Addressing Extremism and Polarization, and Technology, Values and Society. To find out more information, please click here. The ELCIC is a founding member of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation.


Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning

The Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches is an ecumenical partnership through which Canadian churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally. Through FILL, Canadian churches engage in innovative education and programming; come together for reflection on contemporary issues; participate in dialogue about honouring diversity and God's unequivocal welcome; and networking and support for intercultural ministry. FILL offers an e-newsletter highlighting a wonderful array of programs and initiatives. The most recent issue touched on:


  • Building a Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network
  • United Church of Canada Becoming Intercultural Survey
  • FILL Reference Group Update
  • Academic Credit for FILL Programs
  • A Shalom Approach to Poverty in Canada
  • Looking for Intercultural Resources for Sunday School and Teens
  • 2019 Programs
  • Grow Your Intercultural Skills


To sign-up for the e-newsletter, please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Ask Senators to Pass Bill C-262 (The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, is in second reading in the Senate. The bill will, if enacted, ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration. Join ecumenical efforts to encourage the Senate to pass this bill. For details, please click here.


New Video on Bill C-262

Watch the video on Bill C-262 featuring ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Anglican National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald and Dr. Beverly Jacobs.


Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church's Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. For more details, please click here.


9. One Body Working Together


LWF Job Opportunity - Representative, Jerusalem

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is currently looking for an individual to fill the position of Representative, Jerusalem. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the LWF program in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and will be based in East Jerusalem. If this interests you and would like to find out more details, and also to apply for this position online, please click here. Deadline for applications is on April 7.


Waterloo Ministries Directory

Twice a year, spring and fall, the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes the latest edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory. The Fall edition is available on the ELCIC website. The work on the Spring edition is underway. The Directory lists ministries where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together and takes its name from the "Waterloo Declaration" which saw Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans enter our full-communion relationship. Additions and changes are welcome and will be reflected in the Spring edition. Email them in the format used in the directory to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca. Stories of deepening Anglican-Lutheran relationships are especially welcome!


With Passion for the Church and the World: LWF Strategy 2019-2024

The Lutheran World Federation recently released With Passion for the Church and the World which sets out the strategic priorities for the coming years. The priorities are (1) supporting churches' presence and vibrant witness in the world and (2) promoting human dignity, justice and peace. The full text is available for download here. The Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, will be with us at our 2019 National Convention.


Where There's A Will...

How recently have you updated your will? Your will is not just a legal document, it is a testament to your values and priorities. Remember the church and other organizations in your will, offering your lifelong support of those important ministries. Would you like help on how to include the church in your will? Please call or email Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the Bishop, Resource Generation at 204-984-9172, tgallop@elcic.ca.


10. Schools and Seminaries


Martin Luther University College Updates:


Credits: Antenna graphic by John P Warren, openclipart.org


Young Adult Communication Workshop

Martin Luther University College is holding a communication workshop for students entering Grades 9, 10 or 11 by September. Learn skills to help fulfill required volunteer hours for high school graduation! All denominations welcome. Each participant will learn how to make and execute a publicity plan for their congregation's events; create a flyer for one church event; publicize the event; hear how to pitch their ideas to an audience of 1 or 100; and see Luther's renewed building and Laurier's Waterloo campus. This workshop is on May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Limit of two participants per congregation and a maximum of 20 participants for the workshop. Registration is available online at bit.ly/LutherWorkshop by April 26. For more information, please contact Dorinda at dkrugerallen@luther.wlu.ca or 519-884-0710 x3241. Special thanks to Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for its support.


In Photo: Elder Edna Manitowabi

Circle of Dialogue

In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released 94 Calls to Action. Number 60 called on theological schools, seminaries and other educational institutions to develop curriculum teaching. "...the need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own right..." For the past decade, Martin Luther University College has been hosting a Circle of Dialogue event to foster reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours. We hosted this year's event on March 19. Our deepest thanks go to elder Edna Manitowabi; The Rev. Rosalyn Elm; and everyone else who participated. Manitowabi, who played the part of Naomi in the film Indian Horse, shared lunch with longtime friends and students at Laurier's Indigenous Student Centre; then led a workshop with two dozen students and faculty members in the afternoon; and then delivered a keynote talk during the evening dialogue attended by more than 80 people. To view more photos of the event, visit the photo albums on Facebook and Flickr.


Luther College: Student Scholarships and Bursaries

Luther College at the University of Regina offers over $100,000 in awards to Luther students each year as part of our commitment to student success. Did you know that one of these awards is funded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)? The ELCIC Bursary is given each year to an entering or continuing student who intends to pursue leadership in ministry and is an active member of an ELCIC congregation. In 2019, two $750 bursaries will be awarded to Luther students. Our online scholarship application form is open from March 15 to May 15, 2019. Visit our website by clicking here.


LTS Updates:

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon (LTS) is happy to share its Winter Newsletter! Get updates on our Advent Matching Appeal and learn new ways students are studying at LTS. Please click here to start reading.


The LTS Annual Study Conference: Breaking Open the Church

The LTS Annual Study Conference brochure and registration is now available. Under the theme "Breaking Open the Church - Making Space for Reconciliation in the Church," we are pleased to have Bishop Mark MacDonald (first Indigenous Anglican Bishop) as our guest speaker. There will also be a panel discussion and an alumni/donor dinner at University Club. Please make sure to check it out when you click here.

11. Tell Your Story

Do you have a story to share about the work of your congregation In Mission for Others that you would like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? Send your brief story and a picture to ommunique@elcic.ca and be featured in an upcoming issue!

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