1. GHDA Sunday is May 3
Join congregations across the ELCIC on Sunday, May 3 as we lift up the work of the ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) through:
- Prayer: Pray for all who are in need of relief from hunger and other emergency needs; for all who struggle with the causes and effects of poverty and injustice; for individuals, organizations, and partners responding to these needs; and for the earth and all of God's creation.
- Awareness: Caring for the earth involves understanding what impact we as individuals and congregations have on the environment. Use the Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator (www.earthday.net/footprint.index.html) to find out how many earths it takes to support your lifestyle. Find out how many earths it takes to support your entire congregation!
- Education: Share your ministry for the earth with others. Host a viewing of the 15-minute KAIROS video, A Different Kind of Oil Crisis (www.kairoscanada.org/en/), in your congregation and invite discussion afterward with a goal of identifying what you can do within your congregation to be better caregivers of God's earth.
- Support: Make a donation to GHDA and help support the work we do together In Mission for Others.
2. Coming Soon... ELCIC Global Mission
In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a new approach for world mission will allow for the ELCIC's Mission in the World program to be integrated with ELCA Global Mission while ensuring that the commitment of the ELCIC to God's mission in the world remains undiminished. This new way of working together will allow the ELCIC to continue much of its existing world mission program at current levels and provide new avenues for ELCIC members as described in the document Coming Soon... ELCIC Global Mission on the ELCIC website.
3. Stewardship of Creation - Highlights Across the ELCIC
Eastern Synod commits to annual celebration of Sunday of Creation on Ember Week Sunday (the Sunday after the Holy Cross day). The Ember Days is part of the early church liturgical calendar and the purpose has originally been "to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach [us] to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy." These are all appropriate themes to apply to a Creation Sunday in addition to the themes we are aware of today. Worship material for Sunday of Creation is available on the Eastern Synod website (scroll down to Stewardship of Creation heading) and is recommended to be used as a launching service for the Stewardship of Creation initiative.
National Youth Project 2008-2010 focuses on the ELCIC's national Stewardship of Creation initiative. Three new editions of Devotions and Opportunities have been posted online, including: #1 Our Neighbourhoods - Holy Ground / Travel Light; #2 Food; and #3 Thinking about Energy.
ELCIC Greening Congregation - Four congregations have now been accredited as ELCIC Greening Congregations. Congratulations to: Glory, Sherwood Park, AB; Holy Spirit, Edmonton, AB; St. John's, Laird, SK; and Trinity, Calgary, AB. Interested in how your congregation can be accredited as an ELCIC Greening Congregation? View the forms online.
4. LWF Youth Blog
At the LWF Youth Blog young adults from around the world write about youth ministry, events, faith and justice. Are there young adults in your community looking for global faith connections? Let them know about the LWF Youth Blog.
5. Canadian Lutheran World Relief Sunday is September 27
Mark your calendars to celebrate Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Sunday in your congregation on September 27. CLWR is a partner of the ELCIC. Worship resources, including prayers, music suggestions and ideas to mark the day are available June 1 online at www.clwr.org.
6. Book of Faith Initiative
In March, the ELCIC's National Church Council voted to encourage the participation of ELCIC congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith Initiative (BFI). Congregations may make use of available resources and basic information about the initiative may be found at www.bookoffaith.org. In addition, a Book of Faith Jubilee - Equipping Everyday People to Read the Bible - will be held August 14-16 at Luther Seminary.
7. On The Web
Trinity College presents Your People Shall Be My People: Anglicans and Lutherans Together; Visions for the Future June 15-17, 2009. Building on the full communion relationship between the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada, this conference will examine the events, successes and difficulties of the past eight years of full communion and look forward to future opportunities. Conference worship will draw equally on the two liturgies and clergy. Conference leadership is shared and it is hoped that attendees will come from both churches. Lay participation is particularly invited and encouraged.
The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is once again inviting submissions for its Annual Nationwide Art Contest to illustrate the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010. Canadians of all ages are encouraged to submit their own artistic interpretation on the worldwide theme selected by Scotland: "You are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24.48). Please click here for details.
The North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC), an ecumenical organization which provides training and support for churches engaged in the process of baptismal conversion and making Christian disciples, is hosting Gathering 2009: Ancient Rites for a New Generation of Disciples August 3-6, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Visit www.catechumenate.org for information and registration.
Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) is a World Council of Churches program with the main purpose of advocating for the inclusion, participation and active involvement of persons with disabilities in the spiritual, social and development life of church and society. EDAN publishes a quality newsletter. Read more about EDAN online.
Commemorating the Apology - June 11 marks the first anniversary of the Government of Canada's Apology to Survivors of Aboriginal Residential Schools. June 11, as well as Sundays June 7, 14, and 21 (National Aboriginal Day) are opportunities for churches to pray for Indigenous rights and the ongoing process of truth and reconciliation. Some suggestions for commemorating this day include bell ringing, drumming, singing, and dancing. Existing liturgical and church resources are available from:
KAIROS Gathering 2009: The end of the world as we know it... Thank God! Learn, pray, act, reflect and build community for education and action together with the many communities that make up KAIROS at this four-day gathering of justice and peace-focused individuals June 17-20 at the University of Waterloo, ON.
8. Photo featured in this issue of E-Communique
This issue's photo comes from St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in London, ON. Thank you to Rev. Elina Salonen for submitting her pictures from St. Ansgar's Easter celebrations.
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