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2.    Lutherans & Catholics

3.    ELCIC and ACC

4.    CCC

5.    Faith, Order and Doctrine

6.    ELCIC and CCCB

7.    National Office

8.    Diaconal Ministry

9.    Reformation 2017

10.  Canada Lutheran

11.  Compassionate Justice

12.  Healthy Church

13.  Spirited Discipleship

14.  Effective Partnerships

15.  Seminaries and Schools

16.  Tell Your Story

17.  Share these resources

First Reformation Challenge Goal Reached

Joint  Ecumenical Commemoration

2017 Canadian Church Calendar

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves

Study Guide

Annual Report Covers Reminder

History, Formation and Spirituality Course

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Renewal Orders

KAIROS, Open for Justice and More


Call to Spiritual Renewal

CCC, JALC, CCF and CLWR Updates


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1. ELCIC Helps Sponsor Over 500 Refugees



Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) members and congregations have come together to sponsor over 500 refugees!


For over a year, ELCIC members have been engaged in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge as one of the ways to mark the 2015-17 emphasis the church has been lifting up around the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


To read the full news article, please click here.



2. Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation


The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Catholic Church held a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation on October 31, 2016.


Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan and General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge led the Ecumenical Commemoration in cooperation with the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.


If you missed watching the livestream on that day, you can view the full service or excerpts of it from the links provided here. To read the ELCIC news release, please click here.



3. 2017 Canadian Church Calendar



A collaborative project between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, the 2017 Canadian Church Calendar offers a glimpse into the ministry of both churches across Canada and around the world. Engagement in God's mission finds expression each month in vibrant photos with accompanying text telling the stories of how Lutherans and Anglicans, as full communion partners, are responding to God's call today. To order your 2017 Canadian Church Calendar, please click here.


Submissions are currently being accepted for stories of ministry and mission to grace the pages of the 2018 Canadian Church Calendar. To send photographs and story details or for further information, send an email to Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the Bishop, Communications and Resource Generation at tgallop@elcic.ca.



4. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017


The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2017, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme: Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer have two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and for 2017, is based upon the work of the Council of Churches in Germany. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches. Orders should be placed now for your community's study and prayer!


Helpful link:

2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources



5. To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves


Back from L to R: Deacon Pam Harrington, Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse and Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald

Front from L to R: Deaconess Anne Keffer, Deacon Scott Knarr and Pastor Philip Mathai


The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) has released To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. To Love Our Neighbours affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we collaborate to uphold God's mission in a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours includes a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD's September, 2017 word to National Church Council. Make this study part of your congregation's January adult learning program.


To download the Orders of Ministry Study Guide, please click here



6. ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material to Commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation



In January 2017, at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will release joint material entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.


Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation includes a five-part parish study guide that may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study session focusing on the Reformation.


To view the news release, please click here.


The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the CCCB.The Working Group is encouraging Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the Reformation together. We invite you to knock on your Catholic neighbour's door and schedule a joint study for five weeks in 2017. Lent would be ideal! Before and after Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ Reformation commemorations are being planned using the LWF-Vatican Common Prayer. Look for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. There will surely be others!


Helpful link:

From Conflict to Communion


7. Annual Report Covers - Due by Dec. 6


ELCIC congregations are encouraged to submit their orders for annual report covers by December 6.


Also, please consider ordering print copies of the ELCIC Annual Report to hand out as part of your congregation's Annual General Meeting. An online version of our Annual Report can be downloaded from the following link: http://elcic.ca/About-the-ELCIC/documents/2015ELCICAnnualReport_WEB.pdf


The ELCIC Annual Report highlights work across the church and how we respond to the call to be In Mission for Others. The ELCIC print version of the Annual Report is available at no charge from the National Office. Request copies along with your ELCIC Annual Report Covers order directly from orders@elcic.ca.



8. Diaconal Ministry Course


Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Sprituality introduces students to the historical, theological and social contexts of diaconal (Word and Service) ministry throughout the church's history and asks how history continues to impact the present. Onsite component is from January 15 to 20, 2017 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Arizona. There will be two online sessions prior to the onsite component. The Deaconess Community pays the tuition for all who take the course. For additional information, please click here.



9. Reformation 2017


Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals

The ELCIC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s Reformation (2017) themes and goals. The over-arching theme is Liberated by God's Grace with the three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale!; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale!; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale! The goals are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment; and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace. These themes and goals were prominent in the 2016 Synod Conventions and assemblies, and were captured in our joint Anglican-Lutheran national youth and worship gatherings. These will come to life in 2016 Advent devotions and at our 2017 National Convention.


Helpful links:

Reformation 2017 Themes

Reformation 2017 Flyer


Take the Reformation Challenge!

ELCIC members are encouraged to give expression to being Liberated by God's Grace through the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:


  • Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
  • Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
  • Plant 500,000 trees in Canada, Palestine and Ethiopia
  • Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund


To date ELCIC members have made the following commitments to the Reformation Challenge:



Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!


Reformation Theme Reflections

Here's some great continuing ed material! Theological reflections for study groups are contained in four booklets which are the work of authors and scholars from across our global Communion of Churches. Topics include the migration of peoples (including refugees); climate change; land expropriation; the prosperity gospel; and sustainable human existence. These are excellent resources for ministerial study groups and ecumenical conversations. Consider planning a study with area colleagues!


Helpful links:

Reformation Reflections

ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage

LWF Reformation 2017 Website

LWF Assembly Website



10. Send In Your Canada Lutheran Renewal Orders


Congregations planning to renew their Canada Lutheran subscriptions are encouraged to submit their congregational renewals as soon as possible. This will ensure that your subscription plan is all set up for the new year and that your congregation will start enjoying reading this award-winning magazine. Don't delay! Send in your renewals by mail to:Canada Lutheran, 600-177 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5.


For any questions or to set-up a subscription for your congregation, please send an email to canaluth@elcic.ca or call toll free at 1-888-786-6707 ext. 177.



11. Compassionate Justice Updates


16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Violence

The 16 Days begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10 December, Human Rights Day. During the 16 Days, the ELCIC encourages members to pray, raise awareness through social media and renew commitment to ending gender violence.


Helpful Links:

UN Women

Government of Canada

World Council of Churches

Wear orange on the 25th of each month


KAIROS: MMIWG Information Hub

KAIROS has launched a new Information Hub on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) .The goals of this hub include strengthening solidarity and support for victims and their families; being informed about the inquiry; find resources for advocacy and action; and others. To learn more, please click here.


Mining Justice: Open for Justice

Make Canada Open for Justice by enacting an extractive-sector Ombudsperson and facilitating access to Canadian courts for those harmed by the international operations of Canadian resource extraction companies. KAIROS invites you to write a letter to your MP in support of mining justice. In the 2013 Joint Declaration, the ELCIC committed to supporting Responsible Resource Extraction.


On the 24th of each month: Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

This international prayer vigil for peace which began on December 24, 2012, is needed now as much as ever. As we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, our hearts, minds and spirits have a particular connection to the Holy Land. www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=315


Helpful Links:

ACT Alliance

National Bishop Invites Church to Pray for Peace in The Middle East


Lutheran Theological Journal Consensus is Online

You may be interested to check-out the latest issue of the Lutheran theological journal Consensus online by clicking here. Its Volume 37, Issue 1 (2016) is Journeying Together toward Truth and Reconciliation. It's rather unique in that the last contributors mostly not Lutherans, but are First Nations people writing about what reconciliation after the TRC might look like in church contexts, including some of the challenges and gifts we may encounter.


New Doctrine of Discovery Resource

Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery is a new resource from Mennonite Church Canada.To get more information, please click here. In 2015, the ELCIC repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery and encouraged members to reflect on our own national and church history.


Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Network

The ELCIC is seeking to create a network of members who are interested in issues of criminal justice and restorative justice. Network members will receive periodic updates on resources available and may be invited to give input on this area of work.


If you are interested in being part of this network, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca. In July 2015, the ELCIC National Convention adopted a Resolution on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada. For more details, please click here.


12. Healthy Church Updates


Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

What is your plan for continuing education in 2017? Members of CEP are able to use their individual account to develop skills and experience growth for effective ministry. When engaged in a study toward an advanced degree, plan members are eligible to apply for long-term study grants. Continuing Education Plan Forms can be found by clicking here.


A Helpful Online Resource and Networking Tool for Interfaith Groups

The Interfaith Resource Directory is an exciting new grassroots initiative of The Canadian Council of Churches. The Directory is an online resource and networking tool that helps interfaith groups spread the word and connect with other interfaith initiatives across the country. Is your community involved in an interfaith effort? If so, we invite you to participate by adding your group's information. Registration takes only a few minutes. Questions? Contact Robert Smith at cirg@councilofchurches.ca .


Interfaith Resource Directory www.councilofchurches.ca/interfaith-directory .


Share Your Stories On Interfaith Work

The Canadian Council of Churches is seeking to shine a light on the interfaith work being done across Canada. If you are interested in sharing your story on the CCC website, contact Robert Smith at cirg@councilofchurches.ca . The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and the CCC's Canadian Interfaith Reference Group.



13. Spirited Discipleship


Call to Spiritual Renewal

Advent is the perfect time for you and your community to invigorate your Call to Spiritual Renewal. Please click here for more information.


Helpful Resource:

Call to Spiritual Renewal: Ideas for Individuals, Congregations and Communities


14. Effective Partnerships Updates


Waterloo Ministries Directory - Fresh Edition

The Fall 2016 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory has just been released and is available on the ELCIC website (in the homepage, go to the section Ecumenical & International Life and click the link from there). 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 our full-community relationship. The directory is revised twice a year. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Spring, 2017 edition to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at alavergne@elcic.ca.


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry



Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a 5-day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone who is interested, or through Canadian Churches Forum partners. For more details on DUIM and future programs, please click here.


CLWR Sunday Worship Resources

CLWR Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to celebrate the church's international humanitarian work undertaken by the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). The worship resources include reflections on scripture passages, music selections and prayers. To these, we've added stories about aid and development that Lutherans like you are supporting, and suggestions for activities and further resources for your congregation. Click here to download the worship resource.


CLWR Gifts From The Heart

This Christmas, choose a gift that will save and change lives around the world. Gifts from the Heart catalogues have been mailed to every congregation. You may also visit clwr.org/GFTH any time to choose your gifts online! If you would like to order additional copies, did not receive yours, or would like Gifts from the Heart audio/visual resources, please contact Ellen at ellen@clwr.mb.ca. Please announce the availability of catalogues in your Sunday bulletin and newsletters.


CLWR Advent Calendar

Follow CLWR's daily Advent calendar on our blog for stories of how CLWR is making a difference in people's lives, to learn about some of our local and global partners, and to read stories of Canadian Lutherans like you who support our work.


15. Seminaries and Schools


Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: $1.5 M Capital Fundraising Campaign to Modernize Present Seminary Building


Montgomery Sisam's rendering for the new entrance of WLS. The $9-million renewal and modernization project is due to be completed in the summer of 2018.


Waterloo Lutheran Seminary will be launching a $1.5-million capital fundraising campaign in the New Year to help renew and modernize its seminary building. More than 50 years after it was opened for a student body composed of young men, it needs to be renewed and modernized to serve students today and well into the future.


The $9-million project will slightly increase the building’s footprint, but boost its capacity from 180-260 students. Almost all of the changes will take place inside its walls (reconfiguration of classrooms, offices, and gathering spaces). Asbestos will be removed from Keffer Memorial Chapel, but the worship space will remain largely unchanged. A small addition facing nearby homes, rather than the university campus, will express the school’s openness to the community and the world. The architect's plan received the endorsement of architecture scholar Rick Haldenby, former director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. “The Waterloo Lutheran Seminary has taken its responsibility to preserve this important piece of Waterloo’s history, urban landscape and architectural culture extremely seriously. They deserve our gratitude and support,” Haldenby wrote in a letter to the Waterloo Chronicale newspaper.


The capital campaign will not be a general, public fundraising drive. Rather, it will focus on a small number of potential supporters. Construction is slated to run from May 2017 to July 2018.


Updates from Lutheran Theological Seminary

Greetings in this lovely fall season, from the staff, faculty and students at Lutheran Theological Seminary! It is a season of change as a new academic year began in early September. We saw several staff changes and we welcomed both new and returning students. Our enrollment has increased: 8 Doctorate of Ministry, 18 Master of Divinity, 1 Master of Theological Studies, 1 Bachelor of Theology, 1 Diaconal Certificate, and 6 Occasional students. We rejoice and give thanks to God for calling these students to study with us. And, as ever, are grateful for the inspiration and wisdom with which our faculty teach and nurture. It is a joy to have an engaged study body, lively conversation in and out of the classroom, to worship and fellowship together.


To read the rest of this write-up, please click here. For inquiries on Lutheran Theological Seminary, please send an email to Rev. Fran Schmidt, Director of Communication and Development at development.office@usask.ca .



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