1.   Letter to the Church
2.   Worship Recognition
3.   CLAY 2018
4.   Canadian Council of Churches
5.   Annual Report
6.   Courageous Innovation
7.   Empowered Disciples
8.   Reconciled Relationships
9.   One Body Working Together
10. Schools and Seminaries
11. Tell Your Story
12. Share These Resources

World Refugee Day 2018
2018 CWA Recipients Announced
Registration, Theme Song, Bible Study
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Place Your Orders
Public Ministry in the ELCIC
CEP, DUIM and More
Project Ploughshares, CEARN and More
LTS, MLUC and Luther College
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. A Letter to the Church on World Refugee Day 2018


Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written a letter to the church on World Refugee Day.

To download this letter in PDF format, please click here or if you want to read the full news release, please go to our ELCIC website or click here.

2. 2018 CWA Recipients Named


In the continuing spirit of full communion, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Companion of the Worship Arts (CWA).

The ELCIC recipient of the CWA award for 2018 is Rev. Eric Dyck, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Montreal.

Blanche Kate Gates is this year's Anglican recipient of the CWA award.

The CWA is awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of both churches. Since 2014, one Anglican and one Lutheran recipient receive the honour, recognizing ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts.


The CWA awards are to be presented at the 2018 National Lutheran and Anglican Worship Conference, Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence, taking place from July 16-19 in British Columbia.


To view the news release posted on our ELCIC website, please click here.

3. CLAY Registration Now LIVE

Every two years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) host a national gathering of youth and their leaders. CLAY 2018 will take place on August 15-19, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To register for threads, please click here. General information surrounding CLAY 2018 can be found at: www.claygathering.ca.

If you are planning on attending CLAY but haven't registered yet, please make sure you do as soon as possible.

Humans of CLAY Theme Song
Over the past few months, you've met some of our Humans of CLAY over social media. People who have been involved in CLAY in the past. People who want to share their favourite moments at CLAY, what they look forward to the most in the months leading up to a gathering, how many gatherings they've attended, or anything else about CLAY. Our latest Humans of CLAY are the band and drama teams, as well as the production team! Check-out their stories on our website by clicking here and follow CLAY on Instagram @claygathering and on Facebook: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering.

Theme Song
The 2018 theme song, O Great Weaver, is now available on the CLAY website at: http://claygathering.ca/threads-theme-song/
Chord and lyric sheets are also available on the site. Listen and strum along as you start to get to know our new theme song!

Pre-Gathering Bible Study
The CLAY 2018 pre-gathering bible study can be accessed on the event website by clicking here. Go to the resources tab and you can download the document from there.

4. July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has produced a new Sexual Exploitation in Canada: A Leadership and Learning Kit for Churches. Contact CCC at info@councilofchurches.ca for more information. The Anglican Church of Canada has also posted resources including a video. To access these resources, please click here.

5. Order Your Free Copies of Our 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is now available. If your congregation would like to get free copies, please send an email to orders@elcic.ca.

6. Courageous Innovation

Public Ministry in the ELCIC: A Preliminary Draft

In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) directed the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry. FOD surveyed recent and historic literature, consulted ELCIC scholars, spent a day with our diaconal community, and in 2016 released a study guide entitled To Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. Since then, FOD has considered responses and has now produced a document which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft. It is an aspirational document.

Bishop Susan Johnson writes: "For the next few months I'm inviting all expressions of the church to review, reflect and respond in particular to the principles and possibilities elaborated in Section 4 and the preliminary recommendations made in Section 5." FOD has requested that Public Ministry in the ELCIC be circulated to the whole church for review, reflection and response:

  • Synods might invite their Council and various committees to give Public Ministry some thought and to respond accordingly.
  • Seminaries and schools might wish to offer ideas from their perspectives in teaching and formation;
  • Deans might gather their Area or Conference networks to study the document and respond from their unique contexts or settings;
  • Bishops, pastors and deacons might pull a local --or Skype or Zoom!-- study together to offer insights from their particular rostered community;
  • Lay folks would be especially welcome to get together and give FOD their input.

Next fall, FOD will take into consideration all responses to produce a final draft of this paper. Material should be sent as an MS Word file in an email labelled "FOD - Public Ministry" c/o alavergne@elcic.ca. Responses are due by Sunday, September 30, 2018.

7. Empowered Disciples

Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

The 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 skill development for mission can be workshops, classes, retreats, courses, guided groups, individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more information, please click here.


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM)

DUIM is a five-day interactive program focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. It is for ministry leaders and community members nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities.


Next event: November 26-30, 2018 in Barrie, Ont. with particular focus on the unique intercultural context of "urbanizing" mid to small size Canadian cities. Please click here for more information.


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 resource can be ordered and some excerpts can be downloaded. Please click here for more details.


Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism offers an excellent Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. This year's programs will be offered on July 10-13 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Saskatoon, and will feature visiting scholars. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both are highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Complete details for this continuing education opportunity are found at: http://pcecumenism.ca/content/program-ecumenical-studies-and-formation-2018. Early bird registration pricing is available.


Parliament of the World's Religions in Canada

The next international gathering of the Parliament of the World's Religions will be held in Toronto, November 1-7, 2018. The Parliament, which is open to all provides a rich context in which to express the astonishing  variety of expressions of faith in the world today. The event represents a terrific close-to-home continuing education possibility. To visit the Parliament website, please click here.

8. Reconciled Relationships

Praying for Peace in the Holy Land - 24th of Each Month

On the 24th of each month, you are invited to pray for the Christian communities in Palestine and Israel, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world. For more information, please click here.


Striving for Peace

Project Ploughshares promotes peace and disarmament with expert analysis from a faith-based perspective. This includes addressing issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Arms Trade Treaty and the effects of conflict on refugees. For more information, please click here.


150 Acts of Reconciliation

This article from last summer offers many ideas on how to act for Indigenous justice and reconciliation. If you are looking for support on how to acknowledge a  territory where you are meeting, check-out the Interactive map of nations in North America by clicking here. An acknowledgment guide based from Canadian Association of UniversityTeachers can be found here.


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

November 26-30, 2018, Barrie, ON

Five days focused on faith, heart, mind and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. This session has a particular focus on smaller urban and urbanizing communities. Training offered by the Forum for Intercultural Learning and Leadership (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches. Get more information and register online by clicking here.


Designing a Racial Justice Workshop

Have you been asked to lead a racial justice workshop and don't know where to start? FILL is offering an October 20 participative workshop led by the experienced workshop designers and facilitators of the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN)  a component of FILL.


  • Experience elements of successful workshops
  • Receive tips on design, process, and pitfalls
  • Opportunity to design your own workshop with others


For more details, please click here.


ELCIC Interfaith Relationships




Delegates to the 2017 ELCIC National Convention approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. If you are greeting people from the local mosque, you might wish to have a copy of the next item for conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2016.


Muslim-Christian Relationships

Last summer, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document has been very well received in the Muslim community and is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.


Are you already engaged in some sort of Christian-Muslim engagement? Do you want to be part of a community where Canadian Muslims and Christians encounter one another, build friendships, and work together? You are encouraged to participate in the "Mapping Diversity" project! The Christian Interfaith Reference Group of The Canadian Council of Churches is collaborating with the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee to facilitate ways for members of our faith communities to know each other, to foster respect and to create opportunities for dialogue and joint action locally and nationally. For more ideas, please click here.

9. One Body Working Together

Waterloo Ministries Directory - Spring 2018 Edition

The Spring 2018 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory 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 into full-communion relationship. The directory is revised twice a year. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Fall, 2018 edition to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at alavergne@elcic.ca.


KAIROS Video Showcases Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships


KAIROS is pleased to share a video showcasing the Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Canada events that had taken place over the last few months. Help us ensure that these friendship gatherings continue. Watch and learn more!


WCC's Annual Review and Current Dialogue

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers an excellent Annual Review of its life and ministry. Click here for the latest edition.


On the other hand, WCC's latest issue of Current Dialogue deals with one of the most vexing topics of our time

s: religion and violence. The journal explores how religion can offer solutions to the common yearnings of pilgrims on the path of justice and peace. This online journal is free to download.


CLWR: Busting Seven Myths About Refugees


The Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is busting seven myths about refugees and offering ideas for how you can support them. To learn more, please click here.


Winding Road of a Refugee Sponsorship Leads to New Start for Syrian Refugee


Here's a story of refugee sponsorship undertaken by St. Andrew's Anglican/Zion Lutheran Church in Colinton, Alberta. To read the story, please click here.

10. Schools and Seminaries

The Lutheran Theological Seminary Late Spring Newsletter

The Lutheran Theological Seminary late spring newsletter is now available. To download the newsletter, please click here. Information on the seminary's new Challenge Scholarships and Fall Course Offerings brochure can be found on the LTS website.


Martin Luther University College: The next step in seminary's dynamic history



Waterloo Lutheran Seminary implemented its new name and logo during the Eastern Synod's assembly in Toronto on Saturday. June 23. As of a presentation to the assembly by Re. Dr. Mark Harris, principal-dean, the school is operating as Martin Luther University College. The school's Board Governors approved the name change in 2015 to better reflect the multicultural, multi-faith nature of the school  whose student majority is enrolled in spiritual care and psychotherapy programs. The new name honours the denominational heritage of the school, but is expected to be more inviting to prospective students.


Read the official statement or visit the school's new website at luther.wlu.ca .


The heart of the school's new logo, designed by Kitchener creative firm Studio Locale, is the Ringing Rose icon. Rendered in vibrant colours, the symbol honours the school's Lutheran traditions and rings hope as the school, students and alumni continue to make positive contributions in God's world.


The school's social media platforms using the handle @LutherWaterloo include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find Luther Waterloo's YouTube channel by clicking here.


Pay for Your Luther Residence Fee by August 15 and Enjoy Some Savings




Pay for your Luther Residence fee by August 15, 2018 and save up to $225! Apply to live in Luther College's Residence and not only will you get a private dorm room including free wifi, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-care-to-eat meal plan (we provide the most comprehensive and economical post-secondary meal plan options in SK), but you can also choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.


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