1. Observing Diaconal Sunday - February 24
ELCIC congregations are encouraged to lift up the mission and witness of diaconal ministry on Sunday, February 24 by praying for the witness offered by serving our neighbour and for Diaconal Ministers on the roster of the ELCIC. Resources will be available soon and posted here.
2. Joint Assembly Registration Package
The 2013 National Convention as part of the 2013 Joint Assembly with the Anglican Church of Canada will take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre from July 3 to 7. A letter was sent out on January 25 informing all ELCIC congregations that the registration information package will be posted on the 2013 Joint Assembly website on February 4, 2013. A copy of this letter is available on the Assembly website and online registration will be available starting February 18 with a closing date of April 12, 2013.
Congregations are reminded to elect their lay delegates and lay alternates by March 3, 2013. To see a copy of this notice and the delegate notification form, look under the "For Delegates" section of the Joint Assembly website. More information will be posted online as it becomes available at www.jointassembly.ca.
Notice of Convention and Election of ELCIC Lay Delegates
Form ELCIC Lay Delegates Notification Sheet
2013 ELCIC Lay Delegates Notification FILLABLE form
January 25, 2013 Letter on Registration Information Package
3. Pray for the Holy Land this Lenten Season
Remembering our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land through prayer unites us all in the spirit. On the second Sunday of Lent, February 24, ELCIC members are invited to include prayers for the Holy Land. The following are resources that you can use at your respective congregations.
Lord Jesus, during this season of spiritual renewal, we remember that the land where you walked is today a place of conflict and oppression.
We pray for peace for all people in the Holy Land.
Transform hearts that are inclined to violence. Strengthen hearts that are committed to respect and rights.
Lift up the voices and the visions that are committed to peace.
We pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and ask you to bless their efforts to increase hope through education, development and opportunity for Palestinian society.
Join our prayers with those who live in the Holy Land, that we might be drawn more deeply into your story of salvation and your way of truth and life. Amen.
Countries of Concern: Palestine & Israel at KAIROS website
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, (September, 2013)
4. Canada Lutheran Wants to Hear From You
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In an upcoming issue, we hope to explore what lies ahead for Together for the Love of the World: 2013 Joint Assembly scheduled for July in Ottawa. Have you been to a National Convention before? What made it an inspiring experience? What did you learn about your church and its people? What do you love about motions and meetings? Tell us your best memories of past National Conventions by emailing us in 200 words or less at email@example.com with “Convention” in the subject line. Deadline is March 11, 2013.
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5. Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth: A Tool to Living Out the Call
The Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth was developed by a national coalition of organizations facilitated by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). It provides a review of research on the use of physical punishment, and provides suggestions for alternate forms of discipline.
The ELCIC National Church Council endorsed the Joint Statement in September, 2012, and commends the Joint Statement to the congregations and members of the ELCIC as a tool for living out the call to "Support Families" that is contained in the 2011 ELCIC Social Statement on Human Sexuality.
CHEO's Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth
ELCIC's Endorsement of the Joint Statement (dated January 22, 2013)
6. ELCIC Resources
ELCIC has several resources that you could use for your congregation or ministry. The following resources are available (please note: limited copies available).
- No Place Like Home (congregational resource on understanding)
- What's Enough? (four-part study on making faithful decisions in a consumer society)
- In Peace and Friendship (KAIROS resource on relationships with Indigenous peoples)
- Horizons for the Reign of God: 1997 Social Statement on Sustainable Economics
To order, send an email to Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at email@example.com .
7. Apply for the Young Adults in Global Mission
Through the ELCIC-ELCA Global Mission Agreement, members of the ELCIC can apply for the Young Adults in Global Mission. It is a one-year service and learning opportunity for ELCIC youth between the ages of 19-29. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013.
To find out more about the Young Adults in Global Mission Program, please visit http://elcic.ca/Global-Mission/YAGM.cfm.
8. Attend a CLWR's Concert, Appreciation Reception and/or Workshop
CLWR presents: Red Moon Road and Friends in Concert
Red Moon Road is an acoustic folk and roots band set to perform on Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street, Winnipeg. A $15 donation or $10 with a non-perishable item for First Lutheran's food bank is requested. For more information, please click here.
Friends of CLWR Appreciation Receptions
CLWR invites everyone to come to its appreciation receptions to be held in various locations. It's an event to thank all its supporters and provide updates on CLWR's programs. All receptions run from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a presentation at 2:30 p.m. Receptions are FREE and all are welcome to attend!
- Saturday, January 26, at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross, 10620 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB
- Saturday, February 2, Christ Lutheran Church, 47 Walkover Street, Thunder Bay, ON
- Saturday, February 16, Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 2096 Windsor St, Halifax, NS
- Saturday, February 23, All Saints Lutheran Church, Newcombville, NS
- Saturday, March 2, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 40 Holmes Street, Red Deer, AB
Free Workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church, March 9
CLWR is holding a free workshop on Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1909 Ottawa St., Regina, SK. "What in the World are Lutherans Doing?" will talk about how CLWR is working on behalf of Canadian Lutherans to strengthen communities around the globe. Resource materials will be provided to help you bring the stories back to your congregations. Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 204.694.5602 or toll-free at 1.800.661.2597. Lunch will be provided.
9. KAIROS Continues Work with TRC for Truth, Reconciliation and Equity
Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) continues its important work as part of Canada's 2008 apology to residential school survivors. This is a significant opportunity for all Canadians and Christians to witness the truth of survivor stories and make a commitment to reconciliation. While Lutheran traditions in Canada were not involved formally in the schools, their often devastating legacy is a reality we all need to hear; this broken relationship has an impact on all of us, and in Christ we are called to hear the truth and take steps towards reconciliation and right relationship.
Churches have been an important part of TRC’s work and KAIROS would like to support you in this ministry. The current focus is Truth, Reconciliation and Equity: They Matter to Us! There are many worship and workshop resources available to you including a simple national photo action that is a first public step towards committing to right relationship. To view the various national events hosted by TRC in various regions across Canada, please visit their website at www.trc.ca.
For more information on KAIROS’ work on right relationship, please email Julie Graham, Education and Campaigns Coordinator for Dignity and Rights or call 1.877.403.8933 extension 233 or email Katy Quinn, Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator or call at 613.235.9956 extension 224. For more information on KAIROS, visit www.kairoscanada.org.
10. Attend Bridging the Secular Divide Conference on May 27 & 28 at McGill University, Montreal
The conference, Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse will focus on understanding the role of religion in public discourse and how religious voices can make positive contributions to the pursuit of the common good. To find out more, please email Sheida Rezapour or call 416.972.9494 extension 41.
11. Seeking Energetic ELCIC Rep for the PWRDF Youth Council
The ELCIC is seeking for someone under 30 years of age to serve on the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Youth Council. For additional information, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at email@example.com .
12. Faithful Words from Doha on Climate Change
Jeff Buhse, Lutheran World Federation Youth delegate to the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Doha, Qatar shares his experience from this huge meeting of nearly 18,000 participants from around the world.
Buhse said, "If we really want to make change happen, it is up to us to be that change. As Christians we have a responsibility of environmental stewardship and conferences as large as COP take so long for policies to cause any effect in our local context, that it is up to us to ensure that we are protecting God's creation; have dominion over the Earth invokes responsibility and we must take this seriously. I pray that you will join me in prayer and action to good stewards of our wonderful creation."
To view Jeff Buhse's in-depth insight on climate change and his experience from COP 18, read his blog "The bank of climate change"
13. Project Ploughshares on Action for Peace
Find out about current issues, thoughtful research and reflection on action for peace. Learn more about their work, programs, initiatives and the latest news. To stay current with Ploughshares' new publications, program updates and special events, sign-up for their newsletter on this link or visit www.ploughshares.ca .
About Project Ploughshares
Project Ploughshares was established as an agency of The Canadian Council of Churches to give practical expression to the fulfillment of God's call to bear
witness to peace, reconciliation and non-violence and to contribute to
the building of a national and international order that will serve the
goals of peace with justice, freedom and security for all.
14. Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation
The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network has prepared a resource that zeros in on White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work. This resources includes stories, biblical reflections, and workshops. These are presented in a format that is useful for discussions and study in a variety of small group settings. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A contribution of $10 per copy is requested.
15. CCJC Shines Light for Justice and Corrections
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) serves as a shining light for restorative approaches to justice and corrections. CCJC provides information on various events and workshops, that would prove to be useful for education, advocacy and community development. Visit their website at www.ccjc.ca .
16. Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
The Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries (CCFGM) is offering several opportunities to focus on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. Designed for leaders of faith communities, participants will develop awareness of their own culture, engage theories of culture and healthy relationships, and apply learning to the practice of ministry.
2013 Program Dates & Locations:
- February 10-16, 2013: Toronto, ON, Scarboro Missions
- June 9-15, 2013: Toronto, ON, Toronto School of Theology
- Fall Weekend seminar series, Downtown Toronto, 9 days: Sept 12-14, Oct 10-12, Nov 14-16
For more information and to register, please visit: www.ccforum.ca
or contact our CCFGM co-directors at 416-924-9351 or email@example.com
17. See the Global Church at Work - Apply for WCC Stewards Program 2013
The Stewards Program is a great opportunity to see the global church at work. It provides a training opportunity for young people to equiip them with skills and resources to continue their work on issues important to the churches at a local and regional levels. Applicants require the endorsement of the ELCIC. Deadline for submission of applications is on February 7, 2013. For more details, contact Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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