1. Join the Earth Hour Challenge on March 23
Looking to do something positive for the environment? Then Earth Hour is an opportunity for you! The core challenge is to minimize the use of energy for one hour. This year consider going Beyond the Hour with lasting, behaviour-changing actions for a sustainable planet! Earth Hour takes place on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.earthhour.org for more information and inspiring ideas for you, your family, and your congregation and community!
About Earth Hour's Vision
Earth Hour is the single largest, symbolic mass participation event in
the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take
action on climate change,
Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in
over 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch
lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
2. Seeking an ELCIC Rep on PWRDF Youth Council
The ELCIC is looking for an individual under 30 years of age to serve on the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) youth counci. For additional information, contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at email@example.com .
3. Board Member Opportunities with ELCIC Group Services Inc.
ELCIC Group Services Inc. (GSI) is looking for energetic, talented and knowledgeable individuals to serve on its board. Appointments begin in the fall for a four-year term and meetings are held semi-annually in Winnipeg.
If you are interested in applying, complete the biographical data form found on the GSI website at www.elcicgsi.ca. For more information, please call ELCIC GSI at 1-877-342-4247. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying, please pass along this information.
4. Share Your Gardening Inspirations in Canada Lutheran
Whether you have a green thumb or not, gardening can be a hobby, a source of inspiration or even more.
In an upcoming issue of Canada Lutheran, we hope to explore how gardening feeds our bodies, spirits, and communities. How does tilling the soil help you unwind? Does spending time with green and growing things lift your mood or inspire your soul? Have you ever planted a row for the food bank or shared a community garden plot? Tell us what gardening teaches you about God's wise ways by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Gardens" in the subject line. Deadline is March 19.
5. Resources to Mark World Water Day - March 22
In Canada we tend to take water for granted - we're one of the heaviest water users in the world. In many countries, clean water for drinking, proper hygiene and growing food is hard to come by. CLWR works in communities where water availability is a problem to build wells and small-scale irrigation systems, educate about the importance of hygiene in disease prevention, and teach about the safe use and storage of water.
CLWR has a PowerPoint presentation resource you can use to mark World Water Day. http://www.slideshare.net/CLWR/safe-water-for-developing-communities
6. CLWR Celebrates 30 Years with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to Help End Global Hunger
Thirty years ago, a unique and amazing effort was launched to help end global hunger -- and Lutherans in Canada were there! In 1983 Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) was one of the founding members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end world hunger.
A project that CLWR and the Foodgrains Bank have collaborated on is featured on the front page of the 30th anniversary issue of the Breaking Bread newsletter. Billa village in Ethiopia, seems like an oasis of fruit trees in an otherwise brown, dry landscape. It wasn’t always this way. People struggled to feed themselves, and one main reason was a lack of water to irrigate their crops. The Lutheran World Federation, with the support of CLWR and the Foodgrains Bank, launched a project with Billa to build a permanent water diversion and irrigation scheme that provides a consistent source of water so people can grow their crops. Read more about the 30th anniversary: http://foodgrainsbank.ca/30th_anniversary.aspx
7. LTS Offers Course on Native North American Contexts of Ministry and Mission, May 13-17
An ecumenical graduate course titled "Conversations in Indigenous Intercultural Ministry" by Dr. Terry LeBlanc is offered at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) on May 13-17. A great resource for rostered leaders, this course
will introduce students to contemporary Native North American (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) contexts of ministry and mission via several teaching paradigms including: worldview; concepts of spirituality; issues in culture and faith; and ministry as community development. Moving beyond the notion of multi-culturalism, the course will engage these paradigms from an intercultural vantage point, offering a perspective framed by the historic mission and ministry issues characterizing colonial mission in Canada. Utilizing case studies from the Native North American context as well as community and personal illustrations from the instructor, the current climate of reconciliation between Native peoples in Canada and the wider Canadian population will form the consistent backdrop for discussion in class.
The course is open for graduate credit ($1000) to those who have an MDiv or Master of Theological Studies or equivalent, or audit ($500) to those who have any prior theological degree. To register, please contact Susan Avant at email@example.com.
About the instructor
Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq /Acadian living near Entwhistle AB. He is the Chair and Director of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), a formal and informal educational and capacity-building and training ministry with Indigenous peoples. He has written extensively on social issues and intercultural encounters as well as contributions to the Zondervan published Faith in Action Study Bible, The Edinburgh 2010 Documents and Global Theology in Evangelical Context. He is the managing editor for the journal of NAIITS and a contributing editor to Cultural Encounters. Terry holds a PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary.
8. Building Bridges
A "Building Bridges" group between Hobbema and adjacent Wetaskiwin in Alberta is being developed as part of CiRCLe M's First Nations Rural Neighbours Friendship Initiative that includes clergy, native elders, school principals, Truth and Reconciliation workers and others.
If you would like more information or to explore the
possibility of involving your congregation and community, please contact Colleen Rickard or Cam Harder at
CiRCLe M at 306-966-7867 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com. Visit their website at www.circle-m.ca .
9. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and be featured in an upcoming issue!
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