1. 2013-14 Cycle of Prayer Now Available
We are invited to pray especially for our Anglican sisters and brothers with whom we are in full communion. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission, the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer (2013-2014) is designed for use in communities of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). For each Sunday, there are intentions for specific dioceses, synods and/or groups. To view or download this document, please click here.
2. A Campaign on Responsible Resource Extraction: Open for Justice
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) has initiated the Open for Justice campaign calling for an extractive-sector Ombudsman to investigate complaints and for legislated access to Canadian courts for people who have been seriously harmed by the international operations of Canadian companies. KAIROS Canada is a member of CNCA. Additional information including campaign backgrounder and sample letter to your MP is available on their website. This campaign promotes the responsible resource extraction commitment in the Joint Declaration.
3. Reminder to Submit Your Canada Lutheran Subscriptiion Renewals
Canada Lutheran reminds you to submit your congregational subscription renewals. If you have any questions, please send Barb Wiebe an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
4. Effective Partnerships
World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) was held from October 30 to November 8, 2013. The ELCIC delegation was led by National Bishop Susan Johnson. The theme of the assembly was this brief prayer: "God of life, lead us to justice and peace." Adopted documents and statements of the WCC 10th Assembly are available here.
Some of the items that are parallel with ELCIC priorities are:
Message of the WCC 10th Assembly
Human Rights of Stateless People
Statement of the Way of Just Peace
Minute on Indigenous Peoples
Minute on Climate Justice
Statement affirming the Christian presence and witness in the Middle East
For additional information including bible studies and worship resources, please visit the WCC website.
LWF Backstage Pass - Expedition to Nepal
Offers a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded people to spend two weeks in Nepal to gain an insight into the diaconal work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Participants cover their own costs and make a commitment to raise funds for the work of LWF Department for World Service program in Nepal. For more information or to register, please click here.
Week of Prayer 2014
It's not too early to order your materials for the January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. A resource kit including posters, bulletins, and a formatted order of service, is available on The Canadian Council of Churches website. The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go back to the 1800s. It is one of the oldest, most observed ecumenical events in the world. Created in Canada for the global community, the materials are designed to be of service not only during the week itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you find ways to express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united with one another, and all of us with Christ.
5. Healthy Church Updates
Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Long Term Study Grants
members of the ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) program are
eligible to apply for long term study grants to support advanced studies
to help develop knowledge and skills for mission and ministry.
Application deadline is on January 15 of each year. To find out more,
please click here.
Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together - a Book by Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder
What is God's mission? "Simply
put," says theologian and field educator Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder, "God's mission is
to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity." The author introduces appreciative inquiry and asset mapping as helpful tools for congregations to engage in God's mission. To find out more about this book, please click here.
Spirited Discipleship Updates
Growing Justice - KAIROS Advent Resource 2013
KAIROS Canada has prepared an Advent resource for 2013. Growing Justice focuses on four justice themes - Gender-Based Violence in the
Democratic Republic of Congo/HIV-AIDS in Africa; International Human
Rights/Right Relationship; Ecological Justice; and Justice Discipleship. To get more information please click here.
CLWR Online Advent Calendar
Again this year, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) will be offering an online Advent calendar featuring stories about the people and projects you support through CLWR. We will be emailing a short story every morning from December 1-25. If you would like to subscribe to receive them, send your name and email to Jennifer at email@example.com . The calendar will also be available on our website. Watch www.clwr.org for the link beginning December 1. No peeking ahead!
WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC
CLAY is an incredible gathering of Anglican and Lutheran youth from
across Canada. At CLAY, we will encounter scripture in meaningful ways, experience
ancient and modern ways of worship, learn together in special interest
forums, enjoy fantastic social events, explore Kamloops, make
connections with youth from all over Canada and celebrate our life
together. For more information and updates, please go to www.claygathering.ca .CLAY registration opens January 15, 2014.
National Youth Project - Right to Water
Our theme for the 2012-14 National Youth Project is Right to Water. Together, we will focus on water issues in Canadian Indigenous communities. The National Youth Project has committed to provide potable water to one home in the northern community of Pikangikum, ON. New information will be posted here shortly.
7. Compassionate Justice Updates
Statement on the Quebec Charter of Values
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation released a statement on the Quebec Charter of Values. To read the full text of the statement, please go to The Canadian Council of Churches website or click here. National Bishop Susan Johnson endorsed the statement on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
Justice Camp 2014 - LAND on Aug 15-21, 2014, Edmonton, AB
Land, spirituality, and the development of community are all inseparably linked. Justice Camp brings together people from across Canada to learn through active immersion within the communities challenged by social justice issues. To learn more, please click here to go to their website.
November 25 is UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The following are helpful resources that you can use in your own groups:
Anglicans and the 16 Days (starting November 25)
Published by the Anglican Communion
Daily activities for reflection and action. Lots of facts and links to additional resource. To download, please click here.
Churches Say "No" to Violence Against Women: Action Plan for Churches
Published by The Lutheran World Federation
This resource contains theological and social analysis, with practical ideas for response in the appendices. Please click here to access the document.
Human Trafficking in Canada: A Leadership and Learning Kit for Churches
Published by The Canadian Council of Churches
This resource from The Canadian Council of Churches facilitates learning, theological reflection, and common action on human trafficking in Canada through a series of reflections, awareness raising exercises, bible studies, and background materials. For more information and on how to order, please click here.
When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet
The Biotechnology Reference Group of The Canadian Council of Churches has published a fine curriculum with tools for Christian communities to critically assess the opportunities and risks of biotechnology. Called When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet, the resource explores questions like - Does genetics contribute to or contradict our belief that we are created in the image of God? What ethical questions arise from usage of genetics in reproductive technologies? Is genetic testing for those planning to have children a responsible thing to do? For more information, please go to their website or visit their Facebook page. The materials are suitable for a multi-session series or a day-long workshop.
8. Worship Updates
2014 Call for Nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is bestowed on an individual every two
years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and
encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship,
spirituality, and the arts.
For the first time in 2014, two Companions will be honoured - one from the
ELCIC and one from the Anglican Church
of Canada (ACC). To learn more about this honour and to find out on how you can nominate, please go to www.newworship.ca .
Register Now for the 2014 National Worship Conference
July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton, AB
The National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of these two
churches as well as clergy and laity from other churches who seek to
build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that
we might serve the world God loves.
Registration is now open!
If you register early (until
June 15, 2014), you will enjoy an early bird rate. Student and
congregational team rates are also offered.
Need more information?
Please go to www.nationalworshipconference.org to find out more and don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook to get timely updates and join in the conversation!
9. Job Opportunity for Full-Time Chaplain
Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan is seeking for a full-time chaplain. Duties commencing in August 2014. For a full ad and job description, please click here. For inquiries, please send an email to Dr. Mark Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org .Closing date for applications is on February 15, 2014.
10. CLWR Updates
Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s 2013-14 Gift Catalogue is Now Available
Looking for unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends? CLWR’s Gifts from the Heart catalogue allows you to honour your loved ones by donating symbolic gifts that make a difference for people in need. Goats, teacher training, irrigation systems and medical kits are just a few of the options available.
Resources for congregations: Audio-visual resources in the form of slides and videos, as well as bulletin blurbs, are available for those wishing to promote Gifts from the Heart on Sunday mornings. Click here, or contact Jennifer Clark (email@example.com or 1.800.661.2597) to access them.
Your congregation will have received some catalogues, but if you need more, please contact CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602). Alternately, gifts can be viewed and ordered online at http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/giftsfromtheheart.php. Orders are accepted by mail, phone or online.
Photo of Patrick Stewart, CLWR We Care coordinator, with boxes of donated sweaters (Photo credit: CLWR/C.Cleave)
CLWR Sweater Drive for Syrian Refugees Update
As of November 20 CLWR staff and volunteers have prepared well over 20,000 sweaters for shipping to Syrian refugees. There is still many more to go. The current estimate is that we have received about 40,000 sweaters - four times our 10,000 goal! Thanks again for your support. Because of the large number of sweaters, we will be doing two shipments - one at the end of November and one in the middle of December. The shipments will arrive at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in mid-January and early February, respectively.
Invitation to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief Christmas Reception in Winnipeg
On November 28 (9-4), 29 (9-4) and 30 (10-2), CLWR will be holding a Christmas reception at our warehouse (located at 549 King Edward Street in Winnipeg). All are welcome! There will be a selection of alternative trade goods available for suggested donations. The table cloths, handbags, throws, jewelry and more are all handmade by talented artisans from developing communities. Visitors will also get a look behind the scenes of a humanitarian aid shipment, as we prepare our first container of sweaters for Syrian refugees. Full details can be found on our website.
Photo by REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is Accepting Donations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief in the Philippines
CLWR is working with Lutheran World Relief (our U.S. counterpart) to respond to the urgent needs of people affected by the typhoon. Our focus is emergency shelter, clean water, distribution of essential household items (like kitchen supplies), and cash-for-work programs in debris removal, which provides a source of income for typhoon survivors and contributes to the cleanup effort. Please visit our website to learn more and to make a donation. The Canadian government is matching donations up to December 9. Donations must be postmarked by this date.
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