1.     ELCIC
2.     National Convention
3.     Leadership Award
4.     ACC and ELCIC
5.     Diaconal Sunday
6.     National Office
7.     Calendar of Events
8.     Canada Lutheran
9.     Empowered Disciples
10.   Reconciled Relationships
11.   One Body Working Together
12.   Schools and Seminaries
13.   Tell Your Story
14.   Share These Resources

Global Mission Sunday - February 3
Delegate Registration Package and Other Updates
Nominate Someone Today
Joint Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada
February 24
Statement of Support for Indigenous Rights
Year 2019
We Want Your Photos
YAGM, WCC and More
Call to Faithfully Journey, Dignity for All and More
Waterloo Ministires Directory and LWF
Share Your Story In Mission for Others
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1. Global Mission Sunday - February 3

On Sunday, February 3, you and your congregation are invited to lift up Global Mission Sunday. Let us celebrate our partnerships and focus together on the global impact of our church. To find out more information, please click here.

2. 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.

Delegate Registration Package

The Registration Package will be posted on the ELCIC website by February 15. Online registration will be available starting March 1, 2019 and will be closed to delegates on April 12, 2019.


Sponsors and Exhibitors Information Package

Opportunities exist for sponsorship or attending as an exhibitor at the convention. The Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages will be available on the ELCIC website by mid-February.


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 kgiesbrecht@elcic.ca . Areas where help is needed are the following:


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


Submission of Petitions

The deadline for submission of petitions from the synods or congregations to the National Secretary for inclusion in the Bulletin of Reports is on April 8.


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 .

3. ELCIC In Mission for Others Leadership Award

The ELCIC In Mission for Others Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of rostered and lay members in service to the wider church. This award will be presented at the 2019 National Convention in Regina, SK to individuals committed to advancing the mission and ministry of the ELCIC and demonstrating leadership In Mission for Others. To find out the criteria for this Leadership Award and to find out on how to submit your nomination, please click here.

4. Joint Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada together with Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister regarding the creation of an Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. To view the joint letter, please click here.


It has been over a year since this position was promised by the federal government but it has not yet happened. Additional background can be found on the KAIROS website.

5. Diaconal Sunday - February 24, 2019

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) observes the last Sunday on February 24 as Diaconal Sunday, in order to celebrate and lift up the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through the baptism all Christians are called to share God's word and to serve our neighbours in Christ's name. It is also a day to recognize and give thanks to God for the men and women who serve in public ministry as diaconal ministers. For more information, please click here.

6. Statement of Support for Indigenous Rights and Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

In a letter written to members of the ELCIC, National Bishop Susan C. Johnson reaffirms the church's support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right for free, prior and informed consent. To view the full article, please click here

7. 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.

8. Canada Lutheran: We Want Your Photos

If you enjoy taking photos, please turn your camera lens, imagination and creativity on the art, architecture, activity and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Canada Lutheran is available to display your talent through in sight on the inside back cover page. Send your digital photographs with a brief description to editor@elcic.ca with "in sight" in the subject line. A high resolution of at least 300 dpi is preferred.

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 .

9. Empowered Disciples

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)

The Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) provides opportunities for young adults to become the hands of feet of Jesus in the world by providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. Applications for this program open on December 1 and are due February 15 each year, for service beginning that same August. For more information, please click here.


WCC Grants

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) offers three types of grant programs to empower grassroots projects. Application details and inspiring stories from the recipients can be found when you click here.


KAIROS Updates:

Urge Canada to Support Women Peacebuilders



Right now, the Canadian government is preparing the 2019/2020 budget. Let's ensure that women peacebuilders in the Global South receive the development assistance they need to lay the groundwork for resilient peace in some of the world's most protracted conflict zones.


Please send a message to your Member of Parliament now asking for an increase in international assistance and funding to women peacebuilders. It will take only a minute. 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 even hopeful when they land on Canadian soil. Can we nurture communities that embrace these seekers? Please click here for more information.


KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

KAIROS invites you to sign up to receive the KAIROS Times Newsletter via email on a regular basis. Click here and hit the subscribe button. You will find a variety of options for receiving updates. KAIROS work includes pathways for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Women, Peace and Security; ecological justice, migrant justice and Spirited Reflections.


10. Reconciled Relationships


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.


The Call to Faithfully Journey With Those Who Are Dying: 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 here. NCC invites members of the ELCIC to prayerfully consider these matters.


Holy Land Prayer Vigil - 24th of Each Month

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


Dignity for All

Dignity for All invites you to reflect on Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty, and to consider endorsing an open letter to strengthen Canada's Poverty Reduction Bill. For more information, please click here.


Host a KAIROS Workshop

KAIROS workshop resources include the KAIROS Blanket Exercise; Reconciliation in the Watershed; Resource Extraction; Free, Prior and Informed Consent; and Equal in Dignity, Equal in Rights; and A Migrant Justice Workshop for Resource Communities. For more information, please click here.


11. One Body Working Together


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 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 use  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 at www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-lwf-strategy-2019-2024. The Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation, will be with us at our 2019 National Convention.


12. Schools and Seminaries


Martin Luther University College Updates:

Deadline: Holy Land Study Tour Registration

February 27 is the deadline to register for Martin Luther University College's Holy Land Study Tour. The program, from April 22-May 7, includes visits to sites in Jerusalem, Galilee and occupied territories. Meet teachers and students at Lutheran schools; Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Wi'am Human Rights Centre; CLWR development workers; and worship with Palestinian Christian, and Jewish congregations. The tour is designed for study, rather than tourism. Prospective travellers must be registered in a degree program (credit can be transferred to the home institution through a Letter of Permission) or you can join the tour as a continuing education student. In order to keep the cost of this program as affordable as possible, participants must travel to Israel as a group. Click here to view the flyer. Contact Dorinda for details at dkrugerallen@luther.wlu.ca


MLUC: Year in Review 2018



In Photo: Rev. Dr. Mark Harris addresses people gathered

for the blessing and donor appreciation event at Luther in October 2018.


Last year was truly historic in the life of our institution. The school's name changed from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary to Martin Luther University College, and a new logo was created and launched. We co-ordinated a major overhaul of the school and ran a successful capital campaign to help pay for the renewal. While wrestling with all of those tasks - and still running the school as per usual - we marked a series of firsts and lasts: We graduated the last class of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the first class of Martin Luther University College. We welcomed new faculty and staff, as familiar faces departed. And we vacated temporary offices as we settled into our renewed building, and welcomed visitors for special events throughout the fall term. To commemorate the year, we compiled dozens of images into an album on Facebook and an album on Flickr. We hope you enjoy reminiscing as much as we do. Check out LutherWaterloo's events and programs at luther.wlu.ca.

13. 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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