1.   Shared Ministry
2.   Courageous Innovation
3.   Season of Creation
4.   Resources
5.   Annual Report
6.   ELCIC
7.   Empowered Disciples
8.   Reconciled Relationships
9.   One Body Working Together
10. Schools and Seminaries
11. Tell Your Story
12. Share These Resources

A Shared Ministry Like No Other
Public Ministry in the ELCIC
September 11 to October 4
Stewardship Resources and Annual Report Covers
Place Your Orders
Find A Church
CEP, CCC and More
CFGB, KAIROS and More
Waterloo Ministries Directory, CLWR and More
MLUC and LTS
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1. A Shared Ministry Experience Like No Other

A one-of-a-kind internship in the rural community of Brokenhead, Manitoba is opening up the opportunity for congregations to participate in a creative relationship with nine other congregations.

Supervising the internship is Rev. Richard Engel who oversees services and pastoral duties at three joint parishes, consisting of two congregations each from Lac Du Bonnet, Ostenfeld, Pinawa, Whitemouth, Lydiatt and River Hills. Three other congregations from Green Bay, Thalberg and Beausejour complete the nine.

 

This shared ministry program has been operating since May of 2017. Three months after its humble beginnings, Intern Pastor Jeremy Langner was welcomed to the Brokenhead area and has since been serving alongside Rev. Engel.

 

To read the full write-up, please click here.

2. Public Ministry in the ELCIC: A Preliminary Draft - Due Date Coming Soon!

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.

Bishop Susan Johnson writes: "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 to the whole church for review, reflections, and response:

 

  • 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 perspectives 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 Sunday, September 30, 2018. In October, FOD will begin to produce a final draft of this paper for National Church Council.

3. Season of Creation (September 11-October 4)

Every year, members of the Christian family set aside time to deepen our relationship with the Creator, each other, and all of creation. To access resources for Season of Creation, please click on the links below.

ELCIC resources: www.elcic.ca/timeforcreation/default.cfm

International ecumenical resources: www.seasonofcreation.org

4. 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 oder by sending an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177.

 

Please note that you can already place your order for annual report covers. Due date is on September 12.

5. 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.

6. Take Advantage of the 'Find A Church' Function

With information regarding mailing addresses, church locations, service times, mission statements and more, the ELCIC's 'Find a Church' serves as an up-to-date resource nationally. Visit findachurch.ca to get started!

Have you verified your congregation's information on findachurch.ca recently?

To change or update any part of your congregation's information, please use our online form clickable from the result pages. Simply go to your congregation page and click on to the link "Is this your Congregation?" Update and Correct which will lead you to the online form. Once your updates have been made, don't forget to click save. To start reviewing and updating your contact information, please click here.

7. 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.

 

2018 Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues: Dialogue at the Edges

Will you be in the Montreal area in mid-October? The Commission on Faith and Witness of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) is offering a program called Dialogue at the Edges, October 12 & 13, with keynote speakers Alyson Barnett-Cowan, past-president of CCC, and Noel Simmard, president of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops. For details check the CCC website or drop a note to alavergne@elcic.ca.

 

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

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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.

8. Reconciled Relationships

Support Increasing Canadian Aid and Ending Global Poverty and Hunger

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting Canadians to show they care by signing a postcard to the Prime Minister, asking for an increase in Canadian aid. Please click here to learn more about Canadian aid and to order postcards for you and your community.

 

KAIROS Times Monthly E-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.

 

KAIROS' New Economy Trailblazers - Iron and Earth

 

 

KAIROS' New Economy Trailblazers features leaders in the transition to a clean energy economy. This monthly online blog spotlights organizations and Canadians who exhibit a do-it-yourself ethic and a refusal to wait for broader systemic or legislative changes. KAIROS' most recent Trailblazers blog features Iron and Earth, a Canadian non-profit organization led by energy workers  who are exploring renewable energy employment alternatives and advocating for a sustainable energy future. Read more by clicking here.

 

 

Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM)

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.

 

Next event: November 26-30, 2018 in Barrie, Ont. 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 Learning and Leadership (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches. Get more information and register online by clicking here.

 

Designing a Racial Justice Workshop

Have you been asked to lead a racial justice workshop and don't know where to start? FILL is offering an October 20 participative workshop led by the experienced workshop designers and facilitators of the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, a component of FILL.

 

  • Experience elements of successful workshops
  • Receive tips on design, process, and pitfalls
  • Opportunity to design your own workshop with others

 

For more details, please click here.

 

ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

Delegates to the 2017 ELCIC National Convention approved Encountering People of Other Fait hs: 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 for conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopts in 2015.

 

Muslim-Christian Relationships

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

 

Are you already engaged in some sort of Christian-Muslimn engagement? Do you want to be part of a community where Canadian Muslims and Christians encounter one another, build friendships, and work together? You're encouraged to participate in the "Mapping Diversity" project. The Christian Interfaith Reference Group of The Canadian Council of Churches is collaborating with the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee to facilitate ways for members of our faith communities to know each other, to foster respect and to create opportunities for dialogue and joint action locally and nationally. For more ideas, please click here.

 

International Day of Prayer for Peace - September 21

Each year on September 21, the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. September 21 is also the United Nations sponsored- International Day of Peace.

 

World Week of Peace in Palestine Israel - September 18 to 24

During the week of September 18 to 24, 2018, the World Council of Churches invites churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together for a week of prayer for just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. For more details, please click here.

9. One Body Working Together

Waterloo Ministries Directory - Spring 2018 Edition

The Spring 2018 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. The Directory lists ministries where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together and takes its name from the "Waterloo Declaration" which saw Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans enter into full-communion relationship. The directory is revised twice a year. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Fall, 2018 edition to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at alavergne@elcic.ca.

 

 

CLWR: Food Security to End World Hunger

 

                                

 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, whose goal is a world without hunger. Working towards ending global hunger often means providing food for people in need, but CLWR and Foodgrains Bank know that more is needed to ensure people enjoy food security.

 

This video explains what food security means, and how it relates to ending global hunger. Watch the video by clicking here.

 

CLWR Job Opportunity: Donor and Communications Officer

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has a job opening for the position of Donor and Communications Officer in its Winnipeg office. This position is a 12-month term with the possibility of an extension. As a key member of the Community Relations team under the direction of the Community Relations Director, this role provides support in developing and implementing the Community Relations, Communications and Resource Generation Plan. To view the full description of this job posting, please click here or visit their website.

 

The Lutheran World Federation

    

                              

 

The Lutheran World Federation offers a helpful annual review of the life and work of our Commission of Churches. To view the 2017 Annual Report, please click here.

 

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 March 8-13, 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 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.

 

Job Opportunity: Chaplain at Luther Special Care Home

LutherCare Communities is seeking a Chaplain (clergy or diaconal minister) with a heart for pastoral care to serve at Luther Special Care Home, our long-term care home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The mission of LutherCare Communities is to provide excellence in care, shelter, and support in a nurturing Christian envornment for all entrusted to our care. For more information on this position, please click here. Please submit your resumes by September 28, 2018 to: Renita Falkenstern, Director of Mission, LutherCare Communities, 1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0T9 or email at rfalkenstern@luthercare.com.

10. Schools and Seminaries

Martin Luther University College: Return to Renewed Luther

 

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After working in temporary offices for more than a year, faculty and staff at Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) moved back into a completely renovated building at the end of June.

 

The school built in 1963, has undergone a $9-million overhaul that includes updated classrooms; larger gathering spaces for students; many charging stations for laptops and cellphones; renewed multi-faith room; ablution facilities for Muslim studentsand guests; new windows and roof covering; and energy efficient building systems. To view photos and videos of the transformation, Visit Luther's social media platforms on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

 

Luther's faculty and staff are looking forward to resuming a closer connection with students. As faculty and staff worked in the temporary location, most classes took place on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. Stay tuned for deails regarding open houses and a rededication celebration in the fall.

 

Events at Lutheran Theological Seminary

                                

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon (LTS) is pleased to invite you to two of its exciting events as it kicks off their 2018-19 Academic Year.

 

Opening Worship Service on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Chapel, 114 Seminary Crescent, University of Saskatchewan. To view the poster, please click here.

 

Book Launch Event - "The Wittenberg Concord" by Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen on Thursday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the LTS foyer. To view the poster, please click here.

 

Please share the above information to anyone who would be interested. All are welcome!

11. Tell Your Story

Do you have a story to share about the work of your congregation In Mission for Others that you would like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? Send your brief story and a picture to communique@elcic.ca and be featured in an upcoming issue!

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