1.   ACC and ELCIC
2.   CLAY
3.  Worship Conference
4.   Faith, Order and Doctrine
5.   Climate Justice
6.   Canada Lutheran
7.   Healthy Church
8.   Compassionate Justice
9.   Effective Partnerships
10. Seminaries and Schools
11. Tell Your Story
12. Share these resources

With Hearts for Humboldt
Registration LIVE and Humans of CLAY
Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence
Public Ministry
Time for Creation
Share Your Stories and Ideas
Vocational Sunday, CEP and More
Study Guide, KAIROS and More
WCC, CLWR and More
Luther College, LTS and WLS
Share Your Story In Mission for Others
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1. With Hearts for Humboldt

 

 

With thousands of other Canadians, we watched CBC's coverage of the Vigil for all those impacted by the horrible Friday night crash that killed fifteen of the Humboldt Broncos Junior A Hockey Team and left the rest of the team with very serious injuries. As families grieve, a community grieves with them. As a community grieves, a nation grieves with them.

In the face of such tragedy as this people come together. In tears they embrace one another. They listen to messages of condolence and feel the sympathy offered. They join in prayer. Some bow their heads. Some lift their heads. Some close their eyes. Some look out as if to a distant horizon looking for the tender mercies of God. When invited to hold hands they do. They know their need for each other and for God. They share their pain and seek comfort through one another and in the balm of God's kindness.

To read the full joint letter, please click here.

2. CLAY Registration Now LIVE

 

 

Every two years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) host a national gathering of youth and their leaders. CLAY 2018 will take place on August 15-19, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To register for threads, please click here. General

information surrounding CLAY 2018 can be found at: www.claygathering.ca.

 

Humans of CLAY

Over the past few months, you've met some of our Humans of CLAY over social media. People who have been involved in CLAY in the past. People who want to share their favourite moments at CLAY, what they look forward to the most in the months leading up to a gathering, how many gatherings they've attended, or anything else about CLAY. Our latest Humans of CLAY are the band and drama teams, as well as the production team! Check-out their stories on our website by clicking here and follow CLAY on Instagram @claygathering and Facebook (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering)!

3. National Anglican & Lutheran Worship Conference

 

The 2018 National Anglican & Lutheran Worship Conference's Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence will take place at the Inn at Laurel Point, Christ Church Cathedral and Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria, BC on July 16-19, 2018. This year's theme - Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence acknowledges the experience of communities large and small to storms, fires, earthquakes, and violence. How can worship be a community resource and response?

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller will be the presenter and Chad Fothergill will serve as the conference musician. The conference will conduct workshops for musicians, worship planners, presiders and all involved with worship in our communities. Ready to register? Please click here.

4. Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft

In May 2015, the ELCIC's 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 paper which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft.

 

Public Ministry in the ELCIC is an aspirational document. In the preface, Bishop Susan Johnson writes: "In this document we are now invited to live into a new fresh vision for our church. A clear sense of where we are as a Christian community in Canada is set forth in Section 1. This is our real-wordly and contemporary content. Section 2 and 3 offer historical and theological foundations for what emerges as a renewed sense of our church in mission and a clearer understanding of what it means to be called into public ministry (Sections 4 and 5)." She goes on to note "For the next few months I'm inviting all expressions of the church to review, reflect and respond in particular to the principles and possibilities elaborated in Section 4 and the preliminary recommendations made in Section 5."

FOD has requested that Public Ministry in the ELCIC be circulated for review, reflection and response. Next fall, FOD will take into consideration all responses to produce a final draft of this paper. 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 Sunday, September 30, 2018.

5. Time for Creation - Worship Resources Request

The ELCIC welcomes ideas or ways that congregations can integrate environmental climate justice consciousness into worship experiences. Send your recommendations to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca.

6. Share Your Stories and Ideas with Canada Lutheran

Canada Lutheran creates material for its Of Note page by gleaning the internet and other publications. Each intends to inspire or inform. Sources and internet links are provided when possible for those who want to learn more. You can help to develop this page by passing on such items to editor@elcic.ca when you come across them. Please include as much detail about your sources as possible.

7. Healthy Church

Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Advanced Study/Grants

What is your congregation's ministry plan? The ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) offers plan members (ELCIC lay employees and rostered ministers) resources for developing knowledge and skills that help your community live out your particular call to participate in God's mission. Continuing education can be done through workshops, classes, retreats, guided groups, individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more details, please click here.

 

Vocational Sunday: April 22, 2018

 

 

The ELCIC lifts up the fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry. Congregations are encouraged to include prayers for this day. Preachers are encouraged to consider making vocation part of the sermon. Individuals are challenged to post their brief reflections on the meaning of vocation via video. Please click here for more details.

 

World Day of Prayer - Highlights

Did you or your congregation participate in World Day of Prayer? The ELCIC is interested in your highlights. Send your brief story to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca.

 

Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism offers an excellent Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. This year's program will be offered on July 10-13 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Saskatoon, and will feature visiting scholars. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both are highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Complete details for this continuing education opportunity are found at: http://pcecumenism.ca/content/program-ecumenical-studies-and-formation-2018 . Early bird registration pricing is available.

 

Parliament of the Word's Religions

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 faith representation alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. To visit their website, please click here.

 

ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

Delegates to the 2017 ELCIC National Convention approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. If you are greeting people from the local mosque, you might wish to have a copy of the next item as an object of conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.

 

Muslim-Christian Relationships

In 2017, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document, which has been very well received in the Muslim community, is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.

8. Compassionate Justice

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying

The deadline for input on decisions at the end of life has been extended until April 30, 2018. Input from across this church is a vital component in reviewing and updating the ELCIC's policies. The ELCIC Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying is intended to help initiate meaningful conversations, and to be an invitation to offer input. Please pray for the Decisions at the End of Life Task Force as this process continues. Please click here to find out more.

 

KAIROS: International Women's Day Video

On International Women's Day (March 8), KAIROS released a video that honours and celebrates two women of courage: Agnes Wasuk and Awak Deng from the Natsional Women's Programme of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), a KAIROS partner. The video profiles the 2017 KAIROS No Mas II tour and the vital work of the National Women's Program of the SSCC. To watch the video, please click here.

 

Show Support for Effective Human Rights Ombudsperson Office

National Bishop Susan Johnson has written to the Minister of International Trade expressing support for the creation of the new Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise. To view the letter, please click here.


Let Justice Roll - UN Declaration

Bill C-262 is private member's bill intended to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This bill is currently working its way through Parliament.

 

Let Justice Roll is a resource designed to help you understand the importance of the UN Declaration.

9. Effective Partnerships

KAIROS Earth Sunday Worship Resource

This year we celebrate Earth Day on a Sunday, April 22nd - a unique opportunity for worship in celebration and reverence for the Earth. KAIROS' updated Earth Sunday worship resource is grounded in the struggle of Indigenous peoples and the particular challenges we face as a result of resource extraction on traditional lands and the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. Download the KAIROS Earth Sunday worship resource by clicking here.

 

 

CLWR: Mothers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Thank You

 

 

Thanks for your support, mothers of children who are experiencing malnutrition have hope that their children can be healthy again. Click here to find out how you are making a difference in the lives of the children and their families.

 

World Council of Churches Opportunities

The World Council of Churches has two important openings for senior staff. They are seeking a Director for the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism and a Program Executive for Spiritual Life and Faith and Order. Please click here to get more information. The deadline for applications is on April 30.

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2018 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is being prepared with scores of changes great and small. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), the Directory lists ministries where Anglican and Lutherans are working together and takes its name from the "Waterloo Declaration" which saw Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans enter a full-communion relationship in a celebration at Waterloo, Ontario. Please click here to see the current edition.

 

World Council of Churches Opportunities

The World Council of Churches has two important openings for senior staff. They are seeking a Director for the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism and a Program Executive for Spiritual Life and Faith and Order. Please click here to get more information. The deadline for applications is on April 30.

 

Job Posting for Associate Minister at Grace Presbyterian Church

A job posting was made available for the position of Associate Minister at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta. To find out more on this vacancy, please click here.

10. Seminaries and Schools

Apply to Live in Luther Colelge's Residence and Enjoy Savings

Pay for your Luther Residence fee by August 15, 2018 and save up to $225! Apply to live in Luther College's Residence and not only will you get a private dorm room including free wifi, phone and laundry, and an all-you-can-eat meal plan, but you can also apply for $20 000 in Luther College Residence Scholarships and choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.

Lutheran Theological Seminary Annual Study Conference and Storaasli Lectures

You are invited to attend Lutheran Theological Seminary Annual Study Conference and Storaasli Lectures. This year, featured speakers are former Bishop Martin Wells and music educator and liturgist, Rev. Susan Briehl. "Singing our Theology - how hymns shape us for mission" will be held at the LTS campus in Saskatoon from May 1 to 3, 2018. To register and for more information, please click here.

 

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Ontario Election Preparation

 

In Photo: Veteran journalist Robert Fisher, speaking at an event hosted by the seminary's Centre for Public Ethics, provided an analysis for the upcoming election in Ontario.

-Photo credits: WLS

 

As Ontario's voters prepare for a provincial election taking place on June 7th, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's Centre for Public Ethics is running a series of events to encourage and equip people of faith to get involved.

 

John Milloy, director of the centre and a former provincial cabinet minister, kicked off the series by screening a two-minute animated video that the centre commissioned to motivate faith communities. Please click here for the video, which was screened before a public lecture at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on March 20.

 

Milloy then introduced veteran journalist Robert Fisher who provided context for the upcoming campaign, and noted how faith groups have effected change to public policy. Click here to see a video of Fisher's 41-minute talk, or click here for an edited five-minute version.You can also see photos on the seminary's Facebook page or read a news story by clicking here.

 

David Pfrimmer, the seminary's former principal-dean and a fellow at the centre, prepared a number of resources to inform people of faith about the areas of responsibility handled by different levels of government, as well as details on issues such as poverty, climate change, and recondiliation with Indigenous Peoples. You can find resources at PublicEthics.ca.

 

The centre is following up on the lecture with a hands-on workshop titled "Faith communities and the Ontario election: a workshop to help you get started." Please click here to register.

 

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Shamrock Cafe

 


In Photo: Anne Anderson, pastor of the thirdspace_ community at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary,

Patrick McMahon and Melissa Melick organized Shamrock Cafe - an alcohol-free St. Patrick's Day party on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. Photo credits: WLS

 

thirdspace_, the alternative worshipping community based at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, co-sponsored the fourth annual Shamrock Cafe. The alcohol-free party on St. Patrick's Day gives students a safe place to celebrate as thousands of young people gather at a street party near the campus. Click here to view some pictures.

 

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Singing With Our Neighbours

 

In Photo: Inshallah choir members pump their fists in a spirited finale at

Singing With Our Neighbours. Photo credits: WLS

 

Inshallah, the seminary's 130-plus voice multi-faith choir promoting peace and justice through music, drew more than 400 people to its annual spring event dubbed Singing With Our Neighbours. The choir was joined by Inshallah Kids, Mino Ode Kwenak N'gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) and Tamara Menon. Free-will donations were directed to Supportive of Housing Waterloo. To view photos, please click here. For more information on Inshallah, please visit their website by clicking here.

 

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Shi'a-Protestant Dialogue

 

In photo: Mohammad Ali Shomali, Phd presents a public lecture co-sponsored by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's Centre for Public Ethics at Conrad Grebel University. Photo credits: WLS

 

We thanked Mohammad Ali Shomali, PhD for his recent public lecture at Conrad Gerbel University College. About 50 people listened, discussed and asked questions at the event dubbed Unity of God and Unity in God. Imam Shomali is the founding director for the International Institute for Islamic Studies in Qum, Iran and the Director of the Islamic Centre of England. The seminary's Centre for Public Ethics co-sponsored the event. For photos on Facebook, please click here.


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