1.     ELCIC
2.     FOD
3.     Chew on This
4.     Remembrance Day
5.     CLAY
6.     Canada Lutheran
7.     Resources
8.     Annual Report
9.     Empowered Disciples
10.   Reconciled Relationships
11.  One Body Working Together
12.  Schools and Seminaries
13.  Tell Your Story
14.  Share These Resources

Letter From The National Bishop
Public Ministry in the ELCIC
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
100th Anniversary Worship Resources
Contributions Needed
Stewardship Resources and Annual Report Covers
Place Your Orders
CEP, CEARN and More
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. A Letter From The National Bishop: We Commit To Upholding The Dignity Of All People

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written a letter to the church affirming the commitment to upholding the dignity of all people and to standing with our LGBTQ2+ siblings in Christ, both inside and outside of our church.

A pdf of the letter can be found here. To view it on our website, please click here.

2. Public Ministry in the ELCIC: A Preliminary Draft - Last Chance to Get Submissions In

The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) is meeting a month later than originally planned (moved from October to November). The due date for submissions has been extended to Friday, October 26. FOD is grateful for all the submissions received as to date.


In May 2015, the ELCIC 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 inviting us to live into a fresh vision for our church.


  • 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 perspective in teaching and formation;
  • Deans might gather their Area 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.


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 Friday, October 26, 2018. In November, FOD will begin to produce a final draft of this paper for National Church Council.

3. Chew on This - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17, 2018

Chew on This is an annual campaign to raise awareness of issues about poverty. Activities are focused around October 17 - the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is organized by "Dignity for All," a multi-partner, non-partisan campaign with a vision to create a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada. To learn more, please click here.

4. Worship Resources for the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. This is an opportunity to remember and to pray for peace. The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Canada and Veteran's Affairs has invited churches to consider joining the 'Bells of Peace' initiative ringing church bells one hundred times at the setting of the sun on November 11, 2018. To access our worship resources for the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day, please click here.

You can also access these worship resources under the top menu tab "Resources" on our ELCIC website.



5. Lutheran, Anglican Youth From Across Canada Gather in Thunder Bay




The 2018 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering (CLAY 2018) has come and gone, but the memories, lessons learned and experiences gained will live on for years. Held every two years in a different Canadian city as a joint youth gathering between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), CLAY 2018 took place this year at Lakehead University Campus in Thunder Bay, Ont. on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory of the Robinson Treaty of 1850.


To continue reading this news article, please click here.

6. Contributions Needed for Canada Lutheran

Your synod editor at Canada Lutheran needs your help. Every congregation has special events and special people that Canada Lutheran readers would enjoy reading about. Why not take a moment to have someone write about one of them, take some photos to go with the story, and send your material to the editor of your synod's section? Or send it to editor@elcic.ca and we'll pass it on for you!

7. Order Your 2018-2019 Stewardship Resources and Annual Report Covers

The ELCIC National Office supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available and distributing annual stewardship resources. This year's materials focus on the theme Live Courageously. It is the last in a four-year series based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.


Congregations should have received a sample package of materials in July. Once you have gone through the wonderful resources made available to your congregation, you can then place your order by sending an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177.


Please place your orders the soonest and no later than October 31. Order while supplies last.

8. Order Your Free Copies of Our 2017 Annual Reports

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

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


Reimagine Conference - October 19-20 at Hamilton, Ontario

Reimagine Conference is convening a broad cross section of innovative leaders who are working hard to transform the Canadian Church to become in, with, and for the neighbourhood. Join with hundreds of neighbourhood practitioners who are reimagining local economies, re-engaging the land and built environment, and recovering a deeper sense of equity and civic voice. For more information, please click here.


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


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 explore 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.

10. Reconciled Relationships

I Care Campaign to Increase Aid for Ending Hunger

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) invites you to let the Government of Canada know that you support increasing the aid budget for ending global poverty and hunger, and that we can be an even more compassionate and generous country. To get more information, please click here.


KAIROS: Supporting the UN Declaration Act

Join KAIROS in urging all Senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. For more information, please click here.


Sign Up for KAIROS Times Newsletter

KAIROS invites you to sign up to receive the KAIROS Times Newsletter via email on a monthly basis. Please go to www.kairoscanada.org and hit the Subscribe button. You will find a variety of options for receiving updates, including Spiritual Reflections, a weekly theological / devotional piece based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings.


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM)

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (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.


The next DUIM event will take place on November 26-30, 2018 in Barrie, Ontario with a focus on the unique intercultural context of "urbanizing" in mid-to-small size Canadian cities. Training offered by the Forum for Inter-cultural Leadership (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches. Get more information and register online by clicking here.


Free Webinar on Anti-Black Racism and Afrophobia in the Canadian Context

A webinar on Anti-Black Racism and Afrophobia in the Canadian Context will be held on October 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ET). This webinar is a partnership between the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs and The United Church of Canada. To find out more information and to sign up for this free webinar, please click here.


Learning How to Animate Racial Justice Workshops

The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning is offering Learning How to Animate Racial Justice Workshops on October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Toronto School of Theology, 47 Queens Park Crescent East, Toronto. For more information, please click here.


Restorative Justice Week - November 18-25, 2018

Resources and information are available for Restorative Justice Week. To find more information, please click on the following links.

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections

Government of Canada


Invitation to Consider Decisions at the End of Life

New resources on Decisions at the End of Life have been posted, including information motions coming to the 2019 ELCIC National Convention, and an invitation to prayerfully consider these matters. For more information, please click here.

11. One Body Working Together

LWF Updates:

2017 Annual Report

The Lutheran World Federation offers a helpful annual review of the life and work of our Communion of Churches. The 2017 Annual Report is available here.


New Secretary for Youth - Ms. Pranita Biswasi

The Department for Mission and Development of The Lutheran World Federation welcomes a new Secretary for Youth, Ms. Pranita Biswasi. Pranita comes from the Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church in India and brings a lot of experience as youth secretary of her Church. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences. As a member of the LWF working group on Climate Justice and Advocacy, she participated in the United Nations framework convention on Climate Change - COP 19, 20, 21 and represented LWF as an ecumenical witness during the Commemoration of the Reformation on October 31, 2016 in Lund.


World Council of Churches Updates:

Annual Review

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers an excellent annual review of its life and ministry. To read the latest edition, please click here.


Arusha Call to Discipleship


                                      Photo credits: Albin Hillert and WCC


Earlier this year, the WCC published the Arusha Call to Discipleship or "Arusha Statement." It was issued at the conclusion of the WCC's Conference on World Mission and Evangelism which met in Arusha, Tanzania, from 8-13 March 2018. More than one thousand participants - all of whom are engaged in mission and evangelism - gathered from many different Christian traditions and from every part of the world including Canada. The Arusha Statement sees discipleship as fundamental to a right appreciation for God's mission and for the church's work of evangelism. A very worthwhile read!


Current Dialogue

The latest issue of the WCC's Current Dialogue deals with one of the most vexing topics of our times: 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. Back issues focus on all sorts of ecumenical and interfaith matters always with a keen sense of real-worldly context.


12. Schools and Seminaries


MLUC: Back To A Renewed School




Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) is welcoming 195 incoming and returning students! They are the first to study under our new name, and the first to experience our completely renewed building. Here's the student breakdown by programs: 16 BA; 10 MDiv; 12 Divinity combined with another degree; 96 MA; 11 General Graduate Studies; 7 Graduate Diploma; 41 Phd: and 2 visiting. The MA field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, continues to be our strongest program. If you're a high school student looking for a university program and community; a fourth-year student thinking about grad studies; someone looking for a career change or professional development; or know someone who is considering university studies, feel free to check out the programs page at luther.wlu.ca


Professional Body Recognizes Luther Program

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) recently recognized Martin Luther University College's MA in Theology program, in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Kristine Lund, director of Luther's Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy programs, said recognition by the professional registration body will give students, and prospective students, confidence that the time and effort they spend studying at Luther will provide them with a solid foundation for pursuing registration from CRPO. "Our programs have been well-respected by professionals in our field for quite some time," Lund said. Luther streamlined its master's program to achieve CRPO recognition. "We are delivering the essential courses we always have," she said. "They are simply structured in a clearer, more focused way."


LTS: Cameroon Study Tour

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is offering a Study Tour to Cameroon in the spring of 2019. This Study Tour can be taken by audit or for course credit. For more information, please click here.


13. Tell Your Story

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