1. Word and Sacrament ministry survey
The ELCIC's Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee is developing a study guide on Word and Sacrament ministry. This is a reminder to you to offer your early input for the development of this study guide.
An initial survey draws together concerns expressed about the realities of geographical isolation, the lack of available pastors to provide Word and Sacrament ministry, and how an increasing number of small congregations cannot afford full-time Word and Sacrament ministry. You are invited to provide your initial thoughts through this survey to help frame the study guide. The survey response to date has been heartening.
By request, the deadline for this initial survey has been extended to June 30, 2013.
Visit www.elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine/default.cfm for details.
Please review the hard copy version of the survey and then follow the survey link to participate. The publication of the study guide (winter, 2013-2014) will provide the whole church a much more in-depth opportunity for reflection and participation in this important work.
2. Share your greetings with 2013 Joint Assembly delegates
Help kick off the first ever joint ELCIC-Anglican Church of Canada
assembly in Ottawa this summer! As a group or individually, clergy or lay, young
or old, consider doing something that shows your part of the country
and record your video greeting which will be played at the 2013 Joint
Assembly. Find out more here.
3. Let the peoples praise you, O God
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 have been updated based on your feedback; this year we have even included a resource for a children's message.
4. Compassionate Justice Updates
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/
June 11- walk and write letters for culturally based equity for First Nations children
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. Find out more here: http://www.fncaringsociety.ca/our-dreams-matter-too
Prayers for Holy Land on the 24th of every month
The ELCIC's National Bishop Susan C. Johnson
invites members of the church to pray for peace in the Middle East on the
24th of each month. The regular call to prayer is part of a global
ecumenical prayer vigil initiated by ACT Alliance. Read more about the
Bishop's call for prayer here: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=315
Faith and Genetics
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 the ELCIC office, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-984-9156.
Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse
May 27 & 28, 2013 - McGill University, Montreal
conference will focus on understanding the role of religion in public
discourse and how religious voices can make positive contributions to
the pursuit of the common good. To find out more, please contact Sheida
Rezapour at 416.972.9494 extension 41 or email@example.com- and check out http://www.bridgingthedivide.ca/
Caught in Traffick
This 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/
5. 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.
6. 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 applications process: www.askandimagine.org For questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
7. CLWR UPDATES
CLWR supports Bolivian families in increasing food production
Adelfa Correa greeted her visitors with a smile and a plate of tasty bananas, which were grown with assistance from CLWR and one of CLWR's Bolivian partners.
CLWR staff met Adelfa, of San Andres, Bolivia, earlier this year. She is one of several in her community to benefit from CLWR-supported training in crop production. The training, which is provided by Fundacion ARADO (Ploughshare Foundation), has allowed Adelfa and her family to produce more food, reducing the threat of hunger. Extra produce can be sold to create income. She is benefitting from the support of a local growing association, whose members are involved in growing fruits like bananas, apples, pineapples, oranges, limes and lemons, as well as beans, corn and cassava.
Adelfa Correa and her family now grow bananas after receiving CLWR-supported training. CLWR/A.Aguillon
Hold a CLWR Sunday
CLWR Sunday is an opportunity to give recognition to what has been accomplished through the joint efforts of CLWR and ELCIC, as they partner together in mission and service for others. The 2013 CLWR Sunday worship package will be ready in June, but the 2012 package is still available for use: http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/documents/CLWRSunday2012WorshipResourcesELCIC_000.pdf
Contact CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 to arrange for a speaker to attend your CLWR Sunday, or to discuss your resource needs.
CLWR 2014 Global Encounter to the Holy Land
CLWR will be hosting a Global Encounter to Palestine and Israel, from February 19 - 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.
Come and join us for what will be a rich experience that will make a permanent impression on all who participate! The cost is estimated to be no more than $6000, all inclusive (final budget and itinerary pending). Please register by June 30, 2013 by contacting Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director, at email@example.com. A deposit of $1000 is required.
CLWR has moved!
Effective May 1, 2013, CLWR's head office address is changed to:
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
600-177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5
Telephone and fax numbers, emails and our website remain the same. CLWR's warehouse, home of the We Care kit and quilt program, has not moved. CLWR and ELCIC's head office have moved together and will continue to share space at the new Lombard location.
8. Act Now to Protect Canada's Waters and for Right Relationship with KAIROS
KAIROS asks you to join in advocating with your MP for the protection of Canada's waters, and for right relationship with Indigenous peoples.
Omnibus bills C-38 and C-45 have imposed changes on more than 100 federal laws without adequate consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. This undermines not only the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent as required by the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (endorsed by Canada in November, 2010) but also section 35 of The Constitution Act (1982). Bill C-38 threatens Indigenous rights upheld in our own Constitution by limiting environmental assessment processes and removing certain environmental protections. Bill C-45 goes even further; among other concerns, it removes more than 99% of Canada's lakes, ponds and rivers from the environmental oversight previously provided by the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Please visit the Our Waters, Our Life MP letter page to send a letter to your MP asking for her/his support in calling for repeal of those parts of the Bills C-38 and C-45 compromise environmental legislation and Indigenous rights. Your letter will also be copied to the Hon. Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment; and the Hon. Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
In addition, we are encouraging you, between now and June 9, to hold a community or congregational event honouring your watershed and to send us water from this to contribute to our national "gathering of the waters" action in Ottawa on June 20. More information is available at the Our Waters, Our Life action page.
9. Get a Copy of Gather's newest brochures for Upcoming Bible Study Sessions
Download and print a copy of Gather magazine's new brochure to find out about upcoming Bible study sessions. Hang it on your church bulletin board or put it in your Bible for easy reference. To receive a copy, call1- 800-638-3522, ext. 2730. Order our Bible study resources from the ELCA Distribution Center: Phone 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2580 or online.
10. Support the CCC in an Evening of Scripture and Song in The Rhythm of the Rock
All are warmly invited to join The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) for an evening of scripture and song on May 15, 7:30 p.m., at
Metropolitan United Church (Toronto). The ecumenical celebration will
be hosted by CBC Producer Frank Faulk and will feature eight top
musical acts including the renowned St. Michael's Choir School. The
event will also inaugurate the Eleos Award. The first three recipients
of this recognition for contributions to ecumenism are Rick Tobias,
President and CEO of Yonge Street Mission, the Rev. Archpriest Zareh
Zargarian of Holy Trinity Armenian Orthodox Church, and the Very Rev.
Dr. Marion Pardy, Former Vice President of the CCC and President of the
St. John's and Area Council of Churches.
Please join us for this wonderful evening and support the ongoing work of The Canadian Council of Churches. Buy your tickets here.
11. World Council of Churches 2012 Annual Review
As member churches, partner organizations, and other churches await the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in October at Busan, Republic of Korea, the 2012 Annual Review of the Worlc Council of Churches (WCC) can be a useful resource to provide you with vital information regarding WCC's programs and activities over the year. To view WCC's 2012 Annual Review, please click here.
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