1. Join in Prayer for Christian Unity This January
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from January 18 to 25 with the theme “What does God require of us?” (Micah 6:6-8). ELCIC congregations are encouraged to join other Christians from around the world in praying for unity within Christ’s Church. This is one of the oldest and most widely observed ecumenical events in the world and which is also observed by various denominations in Canada.
Finding ways to pray together during this time means that we are in harmony with people everywhere which brings its own graces; in this manner we are one with others who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity. For more information and to learn how to order a resource kit for your congregation (poster, bulletin cover, copy-ready texts and more), go to The Canadian Council of Churches website at http://councilofchurches.ca/en/Our_Faith/week-of-prayer.cfm
To view the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material, please click here.
Background for the Theme
The new theme reflects the youthful character of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) which takes into account the Dalit reality and offers an opportunity to share in their spirituality. Throughout the Week of Prayer, Christians around the world will explore in ecumenical fellowship what it means to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. The theme is developed over the eight days by the metaphor of walking. The walk towards freedom is inseparable from the walk towards unity for Dalit communities. To walk with Dalits in the Week of Prayer and with everyone who longs for justice is an integral part of prayer for Christian unity.
2. Epiphany Devotions Give Inspiration and Joyful Purpose
A joint effort between the members of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee (USA) and the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (Canada) has produced an inspiring and wonderful collection of devotions for the Epiphany season. The series of six follows the weeks in Epiphany from January 6, 2013, Feast of the Epiphany, to Feb. 10, 2013, Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.
Leaders of the four participating churches, Anglican Church of Canada (ACC); Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); The Episcopal Church (TEC); and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) launched the devotions with a pastoral letter on Reign of Christ Sunday, Nov. 25.
3. Call to Spiritual Renewal Lenten Resources Now Available
National Bishop Susan Johnson encourages a Call to Spiritual Renewal and deeper discipleship within our church including: regular attendance at worship; daily prayer and scripture reading; yearly involvement in a program of study; regular service in the community (not just the congregation); regular and proportional giving similar to the understanding of the tithe found in scripture; and commitment to sharing the good news with those around us, beginning with our family and friends. A simplified list of this call includes: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell.
Use these seven areas to help focus your Lenten journey. Resources are now available online at www.elcic.ca/csr/resources.cfm to help everyone in the church, individually and as congregations, and in specialized ministries, to strive for a deeper discipleship as we live out our baptismal covenants.
Read the invitation from National Bishop Susan Johnson to join the Call to Spiritual Renewal.
4. Study Further with the Continuing Education Plan
Long-term study grants help support ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) members in developing knowledge and skills and in experiencing growth for more effective ministry. CEP members who have been an active contributor to CEP for at least one full year and normally have been in an ELCIC-approved ministry for at least three years are eligible. Applications are considered annually and must be received by January 15, 2013. View the application form here: http://www.elcicgsi.ca/Members/Continuing_Education.html
5. Opportunity to Learn More on Generous Stewardship and Gift Planning
The Ecumenical Stewardship Centre (ESC) in which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is a partner denomination, has an upcoming educational opportunity for those engaged in stewardship ministry, including laypersons, pastors, and professional staff.
The biennial North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy (NACCP) is taking place on February 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. The event combines worship, plenary sessions, and workshops focusing on generous and faithful stewardship for a meaningful, insightful, and inspiring experience. Attendees are challenged theologically and receive practical information on enhancing and enriching individual and community understanding of stewardship and philanthropy. NACCP includes an emphasis upon gift planning both for those new to the field and long-term practitioners. Find out more about this event at http://stewardshipresources.org/north-american-conference-christian-philanthropy
6. YAGM Program Lets You Live Out Your Call In Mission For Others
Have you ever thought of going for an overseas mission? Now is your chance to be involved in a one-year international mission and learning opportunity! The Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) is a volunteer program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It is made possible through the partnership of the ELCIC-ELCA Global Mission Agreement and is open to ELCIC youth between the ages of 19-29.
For the 2013-2014 program year, the ELCIC in partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief will sponsor two ELCIC youth. Deadline for applications is on February 1. More information on the application process, financial considerations, and program expectations is available online at www.elcic.ca/global-mission.
7. Supporting Syrian Refugees in Jordan
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is appealing for donations to support Syrian refugees who fled their homes due to ongoing violence in their home country. Many left with only the clothes on their backs. Since winter has begun in Jordan, there is an urgent need for warm clothing for children, shelter, and heaters at the Za’atari refugee camp. You can help by making a financial donation in any of the following ways:
- By making a designated offering donation (indicate Syrian Refugee Relief 2012) at any ELCIC congregation.
- Online at www.clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies, and select “Syrian Refugee Relief 2012.”
- By calling CLWR's toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Syrian Refugee Relief 2012.”
A video from ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson sharing her reflections on her experience at the Za'atari refugee camp can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rLP9qOiPR0&feature=share&list=PLF19F6C2B235F6877
To view ELCIC’s news release, please click on this link "Appeal issued to assist Syrian Refugees in Jordan" (November 27, 2012)"
8. Youth Global Encounter to Peru
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is now accepting applications from Canadian Lutherans ages 18-35 who wish to participate in an experience in May 2013 by witnessing first-hand the work that CLWR supports in the world.
The Global Encounter group will connect with a worshiping community and visit Peruvians who have benefited from CLWR-sponsored training and infrastructure development. To find out more information or to apply, go to clwr.org/Get-Involved/YouthGEPeru.htm. Applications are due no later than January 28th. Successful applicants will be notified by February 1st.
To learn more about the work being carried out by CLWR here in Canada and around the globe, please go to www.clwr.org .
9. CLWR’s 2011-2012 Annual Report Now Available
The annual report from Canadian Lutheran World Relief highlighting its work in community development (including ELCIC church priority projects), emergency relief, refugee resettlement, and the We Care kits and quilts program for the 2011-12 fiscal year is now available online at www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/Annual_Reports.htm
10. Canada Lutheran Renewals
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11. Opportunity for Young Communicators to Join WCC 10th Assembly
If you are a communicator who would like to work with a diverse team of communications professionals around the world, and would like to share your unique perspective in telling stories with audiences across the globe,
now is your opportunity to be part of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea from October 23 to November 10, 2013.
Various media and communications positions are open and fluency in Korean, French, German or Spanish will be an asset for some positions. If you are between 22-30 years old and have three to five years of experience in the field of media and communications, you are invited to review the job profiles and consider applying. Applicants require the endorsement of their national church. For ELCIC members wishing to apply, please contact Rev. André Lavergne for further information. Deadline for applications is January 31.
12. Apply for the World Council of Churches Stewards Program
Young Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Stewards Program for a 3-week hands-on learning experience at the WCC 10th Assembly from October 23 to November 10, 2013. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.The WCC assembly will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, addressing the theme "God of life, lead us to justice and peace."
Before the assembly begins, stewards will follow an online and on-site ecumenical learning program, exposing them to the key issues of the worldwide ecumenical movement. During the assembly stewards will assist in the areas of worship, plenary productions, documentation, communications and other administrative and support tasks. Following the meeting, stewards will design ecumenical projects that they will implement in their churches and communities upon their return.
The WCC assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every seven years. 150 stewards will help to make this event happen.
Being a steward means hard work, but it is also a unique ecumenical experience of togetherness with other young people from different churches, countries and cultures.
Applicants are invited to send a completed application form to the WCC youth program no later than February 7, 2013. Applicants require the endorsement of their national church. For ELCIC members wishing to apply, please contact Rev. André Lavergne for further information. Details on the application process can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1634/apply-now-assembly-stewa.html
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