1. National Convention

2. Convention Theme

3. Keynote Speaker

4. Thursday, July 6

5. Sunday, July 9

6. Visitors Welcome

7. Convention News

Counting down to Convention

Liberated by God's Grace

Rev. Dr. Munib Younan

Thursdays in Black campaign

Sermon for congregational use

Be a part of our national gathering

How to stay informed

Convention Links


- Visitors

- Volunteers

- Bulletin of Reports

- ELCIC website


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1. Countdown to Convention

In just a few short weeks, Lutherans from across the ELCIC will meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the 16th Biennial National Convention taking place July 6-8. As we count down the weeks to convention, we will highlight what's new, what to watch for, how to keep informed and news to know, in this newsletter - Countdown to Convention.



2. Liberated by God's Grace

This convention continues our three-year emphasis on the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The theme The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has adopted for the commemoration, Liberated by God's Grace, along with the three sub-themes, Salvation-Not for Sale, Human Beings-Not for Sale, and Creation-Not for Sale, has also been used by the ELCIC at Synod Conventions, the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering, the National Worship Conference, and other gatherings across our church.



3. Convention Keynote Speaker

To lift up the Liberated by God's Grace theme, we look forward to welcoming Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and past president of the LWF. Bishop Younan's keynote presentation will take place on the Thursday evening of convention.



4. Thursdays in Black

On Thursday, the first day of convention, we invite you to wear black and participate in Thursdays in Black. This campaign was started by the World Council of Churches in the 1980s as a form of peaceful protest against rape and violence - especially taking place in areas of conflict. Thursdays in Black focuses on ways through which individuals may challenge attitudes that lead to gender-based violence. This is one way that we can participate in the programming of one of our ecumenical partners. It also lifts up concerns for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.



5. Sunday Sermon

National Bishop Susan C. Johnson will prepare a sermon for use in congregations on the Sunday following convention, July 9. While traditionally prepared for use by a lay leader in the absence of a rostered minister who has been selected as a delegate for convention, all congregations are encouraged to use this message from our National Bishop. This sermon will be made available on June 23. We will share it in an upcoming Countdown to Convention and also post on the National Convention website.



6. Visitors Welcome

The ELCIC's National Convention isn't just for delegates! Visitor fees are very reasonable and allow you to attend business sessions, hear greetings from special guests, take in the keynote presentation and ecumenical panel discussion, and be uplifted by worship. Further information on how to register as a visitor for the 2017 National Convention is available on the convention website.



7. How to stay informed

In addition to this newsletter that will be distributed leading up to convention, there are many other ways you can keep informed with all things convention related. We will post highlights and new information on these pages leading up to and DURING convention:

  • 2017 National Convention website
  • News releases. Email info@elcic.ca with "subscribe" in the subject link to receive news releases from the National Convention and National Office.
  • Facebook - like our page and also post your own updates and highlights from convention using #ELCICconv
  • Twitter - follow the ELCIC and the National Bishop
  • Instagram
  • Web Streaming. We will be once again live streaming the National Convention. Links will be posted via the ELCIC website.

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