1. Lutheran World Federation: Getting ready for Stuttgart.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) North America Pre-Assembly Consultation was held January 29-31 in Kitchener, Ontario. Delegates from the three member churches in North America, plus advisors and LWF staff, gathered together to intensify their preparation for the LWF Eleventh Assembly in July 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany. Join the preparations, learn more, and pray "Give Us Today Our Daily Bread." See www.elca.org/lwf
2. Hands On!
The 2010 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY) takes place August 19-22. Two churches + one gathering = how many youth? Registration continues for the first ever joint Anglican Lutheran youth gathering. Don't miss it!
3. Lenten bulletin inserts from CLWR.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), the ELCIC's partner in international relief and development, has produced a series of Lenten bulletin inserts highlighting various aspects of the agency‚??s work. The inserts are available from CLWR‚??s website, www.clwr.org.
4. Ask and Imagine.
Ask and Imagine is for young people in the Anglican Church of Canada and ELCIC. It's more than a camp, it's more than a youth conference - it's a 10-day experience of living and learning in community with other youth and adult mentors. It is an encounter with self, life, leadership and faith for Anglicans and Lutherans ages 15-18 and 18-26.
- May 15 -23 - adults 18 and over ‚?? academic and experiential formation for youth ministries
- August 12-26 - youth currently in high school, fully integrated in CLAY 2010
5. Dignity for All campaign.
The Dignity for All campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada. The campaign calls for:
- A federal plan for poverty elimination that complements provincial and territorial plans.
- A federal anti-poverty Act that ensures enduring federal commitment and accountability for results.
- Sufficient federal investment in social security for all Canadians.
Together, we can eliminate poverty in Canada!
The ELCIC supports the Dignity for All Campaign. Learn more at www.dignityforall.ca.
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6. KAIROS update.
Delegations from KAIROS members churches have visited over 100 Members of Parliament expressing their support of KAIROS' valuable work and concern about CIDA funding cuts. As KAIROS continues to seek development funding for its overseas partners, its other social justice work continues. Find out more at www.kairoscanada.org, including Carbon Fast for Lent, video of overseas partners, rights for health workers in the Philippines and reflections on climate change-post Copenhagen.
7. 2010 World Religions Summit.
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) is offering key leadership to the 2010 World Religions Summit, June 21-23 at the University of Winnipeg. Held parallel to G8/G20 government leaders summit, which Canada hosts June 25-27, the World Religions Summit offers interfaith leaders the opportunity reflect and comment on global issues. The CCC‚??s goal is for an interfaith dinner to be convened in every federal riding, where the local MP would be invited to discuss the interfaith statement with concerned citizens. Under ‚??resources‚?? on www.faithchallengeg8.com you will find the statement - The 2010 Interfaith Statement: A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action, suggestions for hosting an interfaith dinner, and much more.
8. CCCC Advancing Stewardship - a 3-day intensive training program.
The Canadian Council of Christian Charities is presenting a 3-day intensive training program in 2 locations:
- Mississauga, ON: May 18-20
- Calgary, AB: October 19-21
This 3-day intensive training program provides an excellent foundation for new stewardship and fundraising staff as well as a primer for charity leaders on stewardship fundamentals. Find out more and register online at www.cccc.org/stewardship.
9. Justice camp.
In May, the Diocese of Niagara is hosting Community Justice Camp. The theme is community development. Unlike a conference, Justice Camps are interactive with learning through immersion experiences with local justice partners. Participants are at least 50% young adults (18-35) with 50% local participation and 50% of the participants being from all across Canada. Through experiential learning and training participants will explore how to integrate justice-making into their lives, that of their parishes and of their communities.
10. North American conference on christian philanthropy.
The ELCIC is one of 20 denominations in the United States and Canada that has joined with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC) to work in effective partnership in the area of stewardship resource development. The ESC publishes an annual publication Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation and related theme materials.
Also organized by the ESC is the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy (NACCP) will be held on April 14-16, 2010 in Indianapolis, IN. Featuring 27 workshops during the 2 day conference, the workshops are divided into 3 tracks to help you design the event for your specific needs.
3. Estate & Financial Planning
To find out more, go to www.naccp.net.
11. Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah: Let us walk together.
This resource for congregational study and reflection has been prepared by the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, Canadian Council of Churches. It is designed to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal peoples live with today. It offers brief essays, reflections and testimonials followed by discussion questions. To order, contact the Canadian Council of Churches.
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