1.   Lutherans Connect
2.   Canada Lutheran
3.  The Call to Faithfully Journey
4.   KAIROS
5.   Empowered Disciples
6.   Reconciled Relationships
7.   One Body Working Together
8.   Schools and Seminaries
9.   Tell Your Story
10. Share These Resources

Advent Devotion
In Mission Nominees
A Proposed ELCIC Resolution
Indigenous Women of Courage
CEP, WCC and More
ACC, LWF and More
JALC, WCC and More
Luther College, LTS and MLUC
Share Your Story In Mission for Others
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1. Faith in the Night - Lutherans Connect Advent Devotion

Our Lutherans Connect project for Advent 2018 is called "Faith in the Night." From the time of his birth through the agony at Gethsemane, some of the most significant moments in Jesus' life happen at night. Taking our inspiration from the Luke accounts of the nativity of Jesus. This Advent, we will explore the experience of biblical figures who are visited by God or request God's presence, find escapes and safety from grave and danger, or are simply in a place of unknowing waiting - at night. In addition, we will explore contemporary stories of those who wait in darkness for hope and change. How can we experience darkness as an aspect of God? How does God work with us in the dark passages of our own lives to prepare us for transformative change? And to help effect change in the lives of the church? Join us daily from December 2nd to December 25th as we reflect together and anticipate a dawn of hope." Bookmark this link: https://lcfaithinthenight.blogspot.com/

 

2. Canada Lutheran Seeking In Mission Nominees

 

Every congregation has special people who use their energy, talent and leadership in ways that make them role models. That's the kind of person whose ideas Canada Lutheran wants to share in our In Mission column. Please take time to let us know about such people and why you think we should interview them. Get in touch with us at editor@elcic.ca.

3. The Call to Faithfully Journey With Those Who Are Dying: A Proposed ELCIC Resolution

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 by clicking here. NCC invites members of the ELCIC to prayerfully consider these matters.

4. KAIROS: Indigenous Women of Courage

                              

 

KAIROS hosted for the first time, ten international partners for the inaugural Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security global partners gathering in Toronto and Ottawa, November 19-27. The gathering highlighted the critical role of women's grassroots organizations in international peace building - a message the partners conveyed to Parliamentary and government officials in Ottawa.

 

The Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security program is jointly supported by KAIROS and Global Affairs Canada. To ensure that the partners' work in Colombia, Palestine, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and the Philippines is sustained and expanded, KAIROS needs to raise $1.3 million dollars over five years to match government funds. Learn more about the partners, the gathering and how you can contribute to this powerful story of women transformed into effective peace builders. To find out more information, please click here.

5. Empowered Disciples

Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

The Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Member Account is available to each individual member to provide funds for registration, tuition, travel and accommodation when engaged in continuing education. The format of a skill development for mission can be workshops, classes, retreats, courses, guided projects, individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more information, please click here.

 

Light of a Star: New KAIROS Epiphany Worship Resources

The Wise Ones found Jesus, the Light of the World, by following the light of a star. The journey of the Wise Ones and the machinations of a despot king make us think of those who are on the move because of injustice, seeking shelter, seeking work, seeking a better life. Migrant workers are ever hopeful  when they land on Canada soil. Can we nurture communities that embrace these seekers? To access this resource, please click here.

 

WCC Grants

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) offers three types of grant programs to empower grassroots projects. Please click here to read the application details and inspiring stories from the recipients.

 

Addressing Racism and Privilege

Cracking Open White identity Towards Transformation is a resource prepared by the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network of The Canadian Council of Churches. At the link provided, the resources can be ordered and some excerpts can be downloaded. Please click here for more details.

6. Reconciled Relationships

Restore: Ending Violence Against Women

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada provides an informative resource against gender-based violence called Restore. This resource talks about abuse and how to respond to it in our lives, communities and churches. For more information and to access this resource, please click here.

 

Resources on Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation

The Anglican Church of Canada has developed several resources on Truth and Reconciliation, including a Reconciliation Toolkit and A First Look At brochures on the Doctrine of Discovery. To access these resources, please click here.

 

Supporting the UN Declaration Act

Join KAIROS in urging all Senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Please click here for more information.

 

LWF Call to Limiting Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees Centigrade

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)  joins faith-based organizations in expressing concerns that marginalized, vulnerable, and poor people are affected by climate change impacts that are increasingly exposing them to emergencies and humanitarian crises. For more information, please click here.

 

Holy Land Prayer Vigil - 24th of Each Month

The ELCIC joins people around the world in praying for peace in the Holy Land on the 24th of each month. For more information, please click here.

7. One Body Working Together

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Fall 2018 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is being prepared with scores of changes great and small. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), 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 a full-communion relationship in a celebration at Waterloo, Ontario. Please click here to avail of the current edition.

 

Do you know of a change to an existing entry? Do you have information on a new entry? Simply contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca and watch out for a new Waterloo Ministries Directory coming in May 2019. See also Waterloo Ministries on Facebook and JALC on Facebook.

 

Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer - 2018-2019 Edition

The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC) has created a Cycle of Prayer for use on Canadian Anglican and Lutheran congregations and communities in Sunday liturgies throughout the year. For each Sunday there are intentions for specific dioceses/synods/groups in both the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Cycle runs from Advent 2018 to Advent 2019. Please forward any revisions to Marion Jenkins at myjenkins@bell.net.

 

LWF Updates:

2017 Annual Report

The Lutheran World Federation offers a helpful annual review of the life and work of our Communion of Churches. The 2017 Annual Report is available here.

 

World Council of Churches Updates:

Annual Review

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers an excellent annual review of its life and ministry. To read the latest edition, please click here.

 

Arusha Call to Discipleship

 

                                      Photo credits: Albin Hillert and WCC

 

Earlier this year, the WCC published the Arusha Call to Discipleship or "Arusha Statement." It was issued at the conclusion of the WCC's Conference on World Mission and Evangelism which met in Arusha, Tanzania, from 8-13 March 2018. More than one thousand participants - all of whom are engaged in mission and evangelism - gathered from many different Christian traditions and from every part of the world including Canada. The Arusha Statement sees discipleship as fundamental to a right appreciation for God's mission and for the church's work of evangelism. A very worthwhile read!

 

8. Schools and Seminaries

 

Luther College Residence - You Belong Here

Independence. Convenience. New friends who feel like old ones. The Luther College Residence makes it easy to make yourself at home. We are offering a special promotion for students starting university in Fall 2019 - Room, meals, laundry, wifi and utilities - all for $975  a month! Take advantage of this limited time offer and apply now to live in the Luther College Residence! Offer valid only until December 20, 2018. Visit our website for more details.

 

LTS Fall Newsletter

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) offers its fall newsletter. To view this publication, please click here or visit their website.

 

MLUC: Back To A Renewed School

 

 

Martin Luther University College, (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary), is welcoming 195 incoming and returning students! They are the first to study under our new name, and the first to experience our completely renewed building. Here's the student breakdown by programs: 16 BA; 10 MDiv; 12 Divinity combined with another degree; 96 MA; 11 General Graduate Studies: 7 Psychotherapy, continues to be our strongest program. If you're a high school student looking for a university program and community, a fourth-year student thinking about grad studies; someone looking for a career change or professional development or know someone who is considering university studies, feel free to check out the program page at luther.wlu.ca.

 

9.Tell Your Story

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