1. Bulletin of Reports Now Available Online
The Bulletin of Reports for the 2013 Joint Assembly and the ELCIC 14th Biennial National Convention is now available online. The meeting agendas and information for attendees are also included in the Bulletin. To view the Bulletin of Reports, go to http://jointassembly.ca/delegates/elcic/bulletin-of-reports
2. ELCIC Praise Appeal Sunday
Support the ministry of the wider church through your participation in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal. Check out the resources available and plan to hold your congregation's Praise Appeal Sunday. The resources for this year are based on your feedback; this year we have even included a resource for a children's message.
3. Canada Lutheran Honoured at Canadian Church Press Convention
The ELCIC's national publication Canada Lutheran, received five awards at the recent Canadian Church Press (CCP) annual convention held on May 16 and 17 in Toronto.
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson expressed her pleasure at hearing the news. "I am proud of the staff of Canada Lutheran. The awards confirm what I already know about their talent, creativity and commitment to our church."
The awards received include: second place in the category of Feature Layout and Design for A Lutheran Handbook to Lent, January/February 2012 issue; second place in the category of Magazine Column, Justice Agenda; third place for Front Cover Page, January/February 2012 issue; third place for Layout and Design of an Edition, January/February 2012 issue; and third place in the category of Personal Experience, First Person Account, the article Songs Ancient and New, September 2012.
To view ELCIC's news release, please click on this link: ELCIC's National Publication Honoured With Five Awards At Recent Canadian Church Press Convention (May 28, 2013)
4. Announcing the 2013 Women of Faith Fund Grant Recipients
The following projects have been approved to receive grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund for the year 2013.
Lutheran Urban Ministry's Freedom to Change (MNO Synod): $1,700
Whalley Women's Drop-In (BC Synod): $3,000
DivorceCare4Kids (SASK Synod):$975
Cozy Quilts for Comfort (SASK Synod): $1,300
Ascension Lutheran Community Kitchen (BC Synod): $10,000
Scholarship/Bursary for Women in Christian Studies & Global Citizenship program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Eastern Synod): $12,000
Women in Leadership - Cameroon Companions to Canada (MNO Synod): $5,000
Lutheran Women's Retreat & Spring Connection (SASK Synod): $1,837
Churchill Vacation Bible School (MNO Synod): $2,100
For more information on ELCIC Women of Faith Fund, please click here.
On ELCIC Women of Faith Fund:
In recognition of the "significant contribution of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), a new ELCIC Women of Faith Fund was established in 2011.
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund will provide grants for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating, "the Christ-centred ministry of women within the (ELCIC) and In Mission for Others."
"The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund will honour the work of women in our church in the areas of faith and spiritual growth, fostering supportive communities, developing leadership skills and working towards justice and peace," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.
5. Compassionate Justice Updates
National Aboriginal Day
On June 21, the 11 days of Celebrate Canada! kicks-off with National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), and concludes with Canada Day (July 1). For more information, click on the following link: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249
ELCIC endorses the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN General Assembly and adopts the declaration as a standard for our own practice. Congregations are encouraged to attend an event in their areas to meet their neighbours and to say a prayer for right relationships with Indigenous peoples.
Read our Church's An ELCIC Resolution on Encouraging Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples"
Our Waters Our Life - KAIROS
Join us for a series of individual, local, and national actions between World Water Day (March 22) and National Aboriginal Day (June 21), 2013. This action is a continuation of more than 40 years of work to build right relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Relevant to the National Youth Project:
Join KAIROS in Protecting Canada's Water
An invitation to bless water in your congregation:
Take Action for Indigenous Rights and to Protect Water! June 2 or 9 in YOUR Church!
KAIROS Nation to Nation Bike Tour: July 27 to August 25
This summer, KAIROS and The Otesha Project are partnering to co-host the Nation to Nation Bike Tour. This month-long cycling event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, as well as feature a new version of the Blanket Exercise as participants bike across South-Eastern Ontario. Find out more: http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/nation-to-nation-bike-tour/
Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Colombia: KAIROS Sends Messages for Peace
Hundreds of church leaders, clergy, ecumenical organizations, and representatives of social movements gathered for the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Bogota, Colombia on May 18 and 19. The forum convened with an impressive number of church leaders and representatives, and aimed to increase participation and amplify the prophetic voice of the Colombian churches in the country's peace process. Please click on the following link to read more:
Hopes and Prayers for Colombia: KAIROS sends messages to the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Colombia
Walk and Write Letters for Culturally Based Equity for First Nations Children on June 11
Our Dreams Matter Too is a walk and letter-writing event supporting the rights of First Nations children to grow up safely at home; get a good education; be healthy; and be proud of their cultures. An initiative of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society , KAIROS is collaborating on this 2nd annual, nation-wide show of support. Please click on the following link for more information. http://www.fncaringsociety.ca/our-dreams-matter-too
Canadian Church Leaders Address Crises in the Middle East
Through the Canadian Council of Churches, church leaders had written to the Prime Minister out of concern for the people in the Middle East. Read the letter at http://www.councilofchurches.ca/en/news-view.cfm?newsID=213
You may wish to add these concerns to your prayers and forward the letter to your MP.
1000 Days to Go - Faith Leaders Call for Action on Millennium Development Goals
April 5th marked 1000 days to go to meet the millennium development goals.
Issues of poverty continue as a burden to many, a challenge to true community and a call to Christian vocation. Following are resources to support your ministry.
Pray for the Holy Land on June 24 (and on the 24th of every month)
Faith and Genetics
The Canadian Council of Churches has developed a new study resource on Faith and Genetics designed for small group study. If your congregation is interested in using this resource, contact Rev. Paul Gehrs at email@example.com or call 204-984-9156 or toll-free at 1-888-786-6707 ext. 156.
Caught in Traffick
national women's gathering on human trafficking will take place in
Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 21-23, 2013 at the Canadian Mennonite
University. For further details visit: http://www.wicc.org/caught-in-traffick/
6. Diverse Faces Updates
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 resource
includes stories, biblical reflections, and workshops. They are
presented in a format that is usable as a discussion and study guide in
a variety of small group settings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A contribution of $10 per copy is requested.
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
- 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 CCFGM co-directors at 416-924-9351 or email@example.com.
7. Is your congregation an Inclusive Church?
In an upcoming issue of Canada Lutheran, we hope to explore how churches welcome people with special needs. How does your church include everyone in worship? How are you adapting Christian education so that every person can learn? What barriers to full participation in church life are you, your children, or your parents encountering? Tell us about your experience by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Inclusive Church" in the subject line. Deadline is June 17.
8. Spirited Discipleship Updates
Ask and Imagine: August 10-24, 2013 Youth Scholars program
The August program is for young people who wish to explore life and
leadership at the intersection of faith and culture. Participants must
be between 16 - 20 (by Dec 31, 2013) and who have completed at least
grade 10. Successful applicants are given full scholarship to attend,
but must provide their own travel.
Visit the website for details and application process: www.askandimagine.org For questions, please contact: email@example.com
Luther Hostel takes place at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary from June 10-14, 2013. Visit http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=12516&p=18314 for more information.
Faith and Wisdom is a website that compiles events and programs for life-long learning
for clergy, other church professionals, and for all who wish to pursue
education as Christians - http://www.faithandwisdom.org/
9. CLWR Updates
Visit the Holy Land with CLWR
CLWR will be hosting a Global Encounter to Palestine and Israel, from February 19 to March 3, 2014. The encounter will provide an opportunity for participants to meet with CLWR project partners in Palestine and experience some of the religious heritage sights and rich culture of the region. We will see the quality care provided by the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, as well as the training offered to students at the Lutheran World Federation's Vocational Training program in Beit Hanina and Ramallah. We will also engage with the Dar al-Kalima high school and college in Bethlehem and see the results of CLWR support. There will be opportunities to spend time in the old city of Jerusalem and participate in a religious pilgrimage to other parts of the West Bank.
Join us and experience this rare opportunity that will leave a lasting impression on all those who will participate! Please go to the following link for more details. http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/visit-our-program-communities.cfm#geholyland
CLWR is accepting donations for tornado response in the United States
Tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, and Iowa have claimed lives and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. CLWR's partners are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Your gifts will be used to coordinate volunteers, rebuild homes, and offer spiritual and emotional care to those in need. Support will be provided through CLWR’s partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
You can donate by phone (1.800.661.2597), online, by mail (send cheque to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5), or by making a designated offering at your ELCIC congregation. Please indicate you wish to donate to the "Tornado Response in the US." Find this information online at: http://www.clwr.org/What-We-Do/emergency-relief.cfm#ustornadoes
Ask your MP to keep aid focused on helping those in need
In March, the federal government announced that it was merging the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Bill C-60, which was tabled in Parliament on April 30, 2013, provides guidelines on what will become the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
The House of Commons will be voting on Bill C-60 in June. Before that happens, we need you to reach out to your Member of Parliament and urge them to ensure that ending poverty and promoting human rights are at the heart of our international development efforts.
You can find your MP's email address by visiting the Parliament of Canada website.
The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) provides background information on the merger and an example of a letter to send MPs. Please click here to go to their website.
New photos from the Lutheran World Federation Vocational Training Program in Jerusalem and Ramallah
Earlier this month, CLWR’s Jenn Ardon joined the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on a study tour of the Holy Land. While there, they visited CLWR’s partners in the region, including the Vocational Training Program run by Lutheran World Federation-Jerusalem. The VTP makes a big difference in the lives of Palestinian youth and young adults, by providing them with training in jobs including auto-mechanics, plumbing and central heating repair, catering and office administration. Ninety per cent of graduates find work at least six months after graduating. In a region where poverty and unemployment are all too common, the VTP brings success to its students.
View new photos from the VTP:
Vocational Training Centre: Ramallah and Vocational Training Centr: Beit Hanina
Read Jenn’s reflections on her visit: http://clwr.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/lutherans-in-the-holy-land-part-2-2/
Stories and photos from the CLWR Young Adult Global Encounter to Peru
A group of young Lutheran Canadians have just wrapped up a visit to Peru with CLWR. If you would like to see photos and read about the trip, please click here. You will find links to CLWR’s youth Facebook page and three blogs written by trip participants.
10. An Invitation to KAIROS' Elements of Justice, October 24-27
Listen and learn from experienced activists about various social issues that are close to your heart. This event provides an opportunity to explore different issues and work towards solutions alongside activists, visionaries, local leaders, and peers in an atmosphere of collaboration and respect.
To be held in North Vancouver Outdoor School, you will get to experience a few days in the rainforest delving deeper into the social justice issues that are affecting many. To find out more information, please click here.
11. Gather App Now Available!
Can we get Gather on our tablet devices? APPsolutely!
Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, is now available in a digital format their website and as apps on the iPad, Kindle, and Android tablets. Search for "Gather magazine" in Google Play, the iTunes store, or on Amazon to download the app and your free copy of the June and July/August issues of the magazine.
Visit www.gathermagazine.org to view the online digital version. Beginning in September, you must be a print subscriber to access the magazine digitally. To view the magazine online or on your tablet, you'll use the subscriber ID number found on your address label.
The summer Bible study, "All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly," by Audrey Novak Riley is available in the summer issues of Gather. The three-session summer study is also available for download on our website, www.gathermagazine.org. Subscribe to Gather now to receive your magazine in time for the new nine-month Bible study that begins in September: "In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women" by Kay Ward.
A year's subscription to Gather (10 issues) is $15; two years (20 issues) is $28. The January/February and July/August issues are combined. Call 1-800-328-4648 to subscribe or go to www.augsburgfortress.org and search for Gather magazine.
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