1. Lifting up mutual ministry.
One of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission's mandates [from Commitment Seven of the Waterloo Accord (2001)], is to nurture our growth in communion. The Commission believes that a very important part of what we do for one another is to pray and has prepared an Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer (Canada) to encourage all of our congregations in this very important mutual ministry. It is the hope of the Commission that every congregation in our two churches might take advantage of this offering in a very intentional way, and uphold both of our churches through the sacred work of prayer. View the Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer.
2. Update on Treasurer's Resource.
The 2009 Treasurer's Information Booklet will be mailed out to all congregations by the end of December. The resource and accompanying forms will also be placed online when available: http://elcic.ca/Treasurer-Resources/default.cfm
3. The 2009 National Convention.
The 2009 ELCIC National Convention will take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from June 25 to 28, 2009. A notice regarding the election of lay delegates is being mailed out to all congregations. See the website for a copy of this notice. The Committee on Nominations is required to nominate two persons for each position to be filled on National Church Council, the Group Services Inc. Board of Directors, and the Court of Adjudication. A Request for Nominations will appear in the December issue of Canada Lutheran, and the Eastern Synod Lutheran. A copy of this Request for Nominations has also been posted to the website. Information on accommodations will be posted to the ELCIC website by December 5th. The delegate information letter and registration forms will be mailed out to all congregations on February 1, 2009.
4. Search for ELCIC Group Services board members.
The final term for two ELCIC Group Services Inc. (GSI) appointed board members ends in June 2009. GSI is seeking individuals with an actuarial background or experience with investing and finance. If you know someone in your congregation with this skill set please invite them to contact GSI to discuss this volunteer opportunity. Phone: 1-877-352-4247 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. CEP - Long term study.
Members of the ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) who have been an active contributor to CEP for at least one full year and have been in an ELCIC-approved ministry for at least five years are eligible for long term grants. They are intended to support members in developing knowledge and skills and in experiencing growth for more effective ministry. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and the application deadline is January 15, 2009. Application form and additional information is available at:
6. It's Your Call.
It's Your Call resources will be available at: http://www.easternsynod.org/resourcescatagory.php (under the heading: candidacy). It's Your Call is a recruitment program aimed at encouraging members of our church to consider a vocation as an ordained or diaconal minister. In the process, It's Your Call encourages us all to consider or reconsider our vocations as we live out our baptismal call to ministry. January 25, 2009 has been designated It's Your Call Sunday.
7. New devotions and Advent resources from ELW.
The following resources are available online from Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW):
- New devotions are now available on the website. These short devotions written by David Saude focus on hope and intimacy and are designed for personal or group contemplation.
- Need an Advent program? Preparing for the Advent of Advent, written by Irene Adams, includes a script for five actors. It take a playful approach to the age-old question, "How do we slow down so as not to miss Advent in the rush up the Christmas?
8. Gifts that make a difference.
The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) introduce for the second year in a row a joint Gifts from the Heart catalogue with many new and interesting gift ideas you can choose from that will directly support important local and global development work in the coming year. All ELCIC members should have received a brochure in their congregational mailboxes. To request a brochure, email email@example.com.
9. Housing and Homelessness initiative.
In February 2008, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada began a joint action on poverty and homelessness. A Poverty and Homelessness working group has been gathered to meet by conference call and to strategize on actions. In November 2008, Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz wrote a joint letter to the new minister responsible for housing, the Honourable Diane Finely. Here are a few things you can to do get involved!
- Read the Bishops?? letter
- Check out No Place Like Home a resource for understanding homelessness, available through ELW
- If you would like to directly receive periodic updates from the Poverty and Homelessness working group, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Greening Church accreditation.
The ELCIC's Stewardship of Creation initiative offers congregations an opportunity to be accredited as a Greening Congregation. A new form is available to apply for accreditation as a greening congregation, for further information contact Rev. Paul Gehrs.
11. National Youth Project resources.
The latest devotion and ideas for the National Youth Project (focusing on the area of Stewardship of Creation) will be posted online at www.youth.elcic.ca on December 1, 2008.
12. Evangelical Lutheran Worship occasional services book.
Pastoral Care is the new occasional services book for Evangelical Lutheran Worship now available from Augsburg Fortress. This new volume includes some material such as readings and prayers for cremation, a missing person, children in a time of separation, those who suffer abuse and those who abuse. The Blessing for a Home includes readings and prayers for a teenager's room and a pet's area. There is a service for the Sending of Holy Communion to bring the sacrament from the assembly by trained lay people to those unable to attend.
A second volume that will include the rites for ordinations and installations will be published soon. The ELCIC rite for the ordination of a bishop has been revised and will be included in this volume.
13. Schmieder Resident
The Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is now receiving applications / nominations for the Schmieder Resident for the 2009-10 academic year. The person selected will be a pastor-in-residence, a friend and companion of students, a tutor in spiritual formation and direction. Normally, the Schmieder Resident also teaches one elective class (in the area of his/her expertise and filling the needs of the Seminary curriculum). This is a one-year term position. The application deadline is April 30, 2009. To apply for this position please send letter of application (there is no formal application form) to: President Kevin Ogilvie, 114 Seminary Crescent, Saskatoon SK, S7N 0X3; phone (306)966-7850; fax (306)966-7852; email: email@example.com
justgeneration.ca is the youth initiative of The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) - The Anglican Church of Canada. PWRDF is the Canadian Anglican agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice.
- justgeneration.ca is Canadian Christian Youth (16-30) getting active in the struggle for Just Development
- justgeneration.ca is made up of youth and young adult leaders from every part of Canada
Be sure to check out: www.justgeneration.ca.
15. KAIROS highlights.
Get the latest information about the work of KAIROS (the ELCIC is one of eleven members) from www.kairoscanada.org - NOTE: KAIROS launched their NEW website November 27 - if you don't see it right away, you can try to refresh your browser screen.
Currently posted on the KAIROS website is information about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, several items about climate change, an announcement about the KAIROS national gathering in June 2009, and more.
Re-energize: Time for a Carbon Sabbath enters its second campaign year
with a collection of great new resources and action ideas. If you want to
take a stand for global energy justice, why not participate in the second
year activities for the Re- Energize campaign? Send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to get copies of the following resources:
· "End Oil Aid" action card - no charge, except postage, for
individual orders of up to 500 copies. In addition, the following resources are available:
- A Different Kind of Oil Crisis education and action guide.
Includes instructions for how to hold a Bake Sale for Big Oil (skit or
actual public event); an outline for Earth Hour 2009; and a host of advocacy
ideas ranging from raising public awareness to meeting with your MP to
making a presentation at the pre-budget hearings. $6.00 per copy/ $4.00 for
orders of 4 or more.
- A Different Kind of Oil Crisis PowerPoint/Flash video
presentation (15 minutes). Why is responding to the Re-Energize campaign a
question of faith? Watch this video and find out. $3.00 per copy/ $2.00 for orders of 5 or more.
For more information on these resources, or to sign up for the Re-Energize
campaign information list, contact Campaigns Coordinator Sara Stratton at
email@example.com or 1-877-403-8933 x 241.
16. Upcoming events.
Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist and Mujerista Perspectives - www.elca.org/justiceforwomen/conference
Host: Justice for Women Program, ELCA Church in Society Unit
Where: Renaissance O??Hare Hotel, 8500 Bryn Mawr, Chicago, Illinois
When: Friday & Saturday, January 23-24, 2009
- For current and future church leaders to engage with euro-feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian, and other feminist theologies.
- To examine this church's work regarding justice for women.
- To intentionally provide the opportunity for seminary and college students and rostered leaders to engage with academic theologians across the ELCA.
- To inspire Lutheran theological developments in the area of feminist theologies.
Ask & Imagine is a program offering leadership and theological formation for high school youths and young adults in the Anglican Church from all over Canada. Members of the ELCIC are well come to participate as full communion partners.
There are two sessions: in May 10-21, 2009 for young adults (ages 18-25) and in August (2009 dates TBA) for high school students. It's more than a camp; it's more than a youth conference--it's a 10-day experience of living and learning in community with other young people and adult mentors. Rostered Ministers, mentors and youth leaders are encouraged to consider youth and young adults in their ministry contexts who may be in the at a place in their spiritual journey where they might benefit from such an intense formation experience.
Additional information available at www.askandimagine.org
Justice Camp -
For several years, the Anglican church of Canada has been hosting Justice Camp which encourages participation of people from a wide range of backgrounds, with an attempt to have:
- 50% of the participants be 18-30 and 50% be over 30
- 50% of the participants be local and 50% be from away
- 50% of the participants be male and 50% be female
Justice Camp is a weeklong experience, divided into 3 main sections:
- Day 1 and 2 - Introduction: Community Building, Biblical Foundations, Education and Advocacy Skills
- Day 3 to 5 - Small Group Immersions: Hands-on experience exploring poverty with reference to a specific issue (such as Housing and Homelessness, Employment, Education, or Race)
- Days 6 and 7 - Integration and Celebration: Reporting, Reflecting, and Next Steps; Feast and Worship
The next Justice Camp will be August 9-15, 2009 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ELCIC is encouraging Lutherans to participate in this experience. Find out more at: http://justicecamp.ca/home .
17. Send in your photos.
Do you have photos from your congregation that you'd like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? When sending in your photo please indicate a description of the item or event featured, along with whether individuals in the photo have provided consent for their pictures to appeal in E-Communique. Send your jpeg photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org.