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New Employment Agreements and Letters of Call
Model Constitution Resources
Elimination of Violence Against Women
Registration Information
Find a Church
Share Your Stories and Ideas
Call for Nominations
CEP, Muslims and Christians and More                 Interfaith Guidelines, KAIROS and More
Human Trafficking, Let Justice Roll and More
Cycle of Prayers, YAGM and More
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1. New Employment Agreements and Letters of Call

The National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) mailed out a letter to all ELCIC congregations and rostered leaders in early November regarding the new Employment Agreements and Letters of Call which have been approved by National Church Council and which will come into effect on January 1, 2018. To read the letter to church leaders from ELCIC bishops, please click here. To view the Employment Agreements and Letters of Call, please visit our website on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/EmploymentAgreementsandLettersofCall.cfm

2. Model Constitution Resources for Congregations

The National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) mailed out a letter to all ELCIC congregations in early November regarding a revised Model Constitution and Bylaws for Congregations which was adopted by National Church Council at its September 2017 meeting. To read the letter, please click here. To view the Model Constitution Resources for Congregations, please visit our website on the following link: http://www.elcic.ca/Resources/Model-Constitution.cfm

3. 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Violence

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

For more information:

United Nations: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism
Government of Canada: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-en.html
World Council of Churches: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/public-witness/rights-of-children/16-days-of-activism-campaign
Wear orange on the 25th of each month: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/orangeday.shtml

4. Registration Information for CLAY 2018

August 15-19, 2018

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON


Looking to register your Home Team for CLAY 2018? Registration information is now available! Online registration opens January 15, 2018. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between January 15 and April 30, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $595 per participant.

After April 30, 2018, leaders interested in bringing a Home Team to CLAY should first contact the Registrar to ensure there is still space available. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between May 1 and July 31, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $635 per participant.

The registration fee includes:
Programming - all of the activities that take place during CLAY
Accommodations in Lakehead University Residence - Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19
Meals - three meals per day from dinner on Wednesday through lunch on Sunday
Threads threads - aka: CLAY t-shirt
Transportation to all scheduled activities during the gathering, if necessary

Visit claygathering.ca for more registration information including the registration booklet which includes detailed instructions on how to register!

Specialist Home Team application available now!
Do you know a youth age 14 - 19 who is interested in participating in CLAY in a unique way? Perhaps you know a strong leader who would like to attend CLAY and use their gifts in communication, organization, the arts or technology? Please encourage them to apply to be part of the Specialist Home Team! More information is available at http://claygathering.ca/specialist-home-teams/

Find the online application form here at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpecialistHomeTeams
Deadline is on December 15, 2017.

5. Help First-Time Visitors Find Your Congregation at findachurch.ca

Finding a church can be a daunting task especially for those who have just moved in to a new community. To help first-time visitors find your church, findachurch.ca makes it easy for anyone to search for your location and contact information.

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.

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. 2018 Companion of the Worship Arts Call for Nominations

The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for nominations of the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in recognition of significant contribution of the worship life of the ELCIC at a local, synodical and national level. The honour recognizes the recipient's ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts.

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

8. Healthy Church

Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Advanced Study Grants
Members of the ELCIC's CEP plan who are enrolled in a program of study that leads to an advanced degree or diploma are eligible to apply for a grant from Advanced-Study Funds. Application deadline is January 15, 2018 for studies taking place in 2018. Applications must be submitted on an annual basis. Funds in each Member Account are available for a variety of education experiences that further the member's goals for ministry and to serve the employer's goals for mission. For more details, please visit: www.elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/Continuing-Education-Plan.cfm

Muslim-Christian Relationships
In July, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.


ELCIC Interfaith Relationships
In July, the ELCIC approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. Perhaps your congregation or community might make it a part of your fall or winter program to meet the people from a nearby synagogue, mosque or temple? 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 in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.


Mapping Muslim-Christian Relationships
The Christian Interfaith Reference Group (CIRG) and the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee (NMCLC) of The Canadian Council of Churches are collaborating to facilitate ways for members of our faith communities to get to know each other, to foster respect and to create opportunities for dialogue and joint action locally and nationally. Together they are working on a project to map the diversity of Muslim-Christian relationships and communities in Canada. Are you involved in some sort of Muslim-Christian effort? If so, please follow this link to participate in this worthwhile project. More information is available from our CIRG representative Pastor Steve Hoffard (steve.hoffard@gmail.com) or NMCLC representative Pastor Tuula Van Gaasbeek (tvangaasbeek@bell.net).


Parliament of the World'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 expression alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. Visit their website at: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

9. Spirited Discipleship Updates

KAIROS Epiphany Devotions
KAIROS has prepared eight theological reflections corresponding to the weeks and special dates of the Season of Epiphany, entitled Gifts for Another Way: Epiphany Year B Resources for Justice Seekers. For more details, please visit:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6). Resources are now available at: www.weekofprayer.ca.


Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality - January 14-19, 2018
Annually, the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offers a course on Diaconal Ministry. The course on Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality will be offered from January 14-19, 2018. This course may be of interest to those who intend to become candidates for diaconal ministry in the ELCIC and to others with curiosity for history, church leadership and social justice. For additional information please visit: http://deaconesscommunity.org/j-term/

10. Compassionate Justice

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying
The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. Feedback deadline is February 1, 2018. Click on the following link for more information: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/.


Addressing Issues of Human Trafficking
The Anglican Church of Canada, Full Communion partner of the ELCIC, has recently posted new resources on issues of human trafficking. The video posted there is highly recommended as an introduction and conversation-starter on the importance of these issues. Please go to: http://www.anglican.ca/issues/human-trafficking/.


Let Justice Roll - UN Declaration
Bill C-262 is a 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. Some individuals and faith communities are advocating for support of Bill C-262 in the name of reconciliation. Let Justice Roll is a resource designed to help you understand the importance of the UN Declaration. For more details, please visit:


Monthly Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
On the 24th of each month, you are invited to pray for Christian communities in Palestine and Israel, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world. In December, this vigil coincides with our Christmas Eve worship. For more details, please click on the following link: www.actpalestineforum.org/apf-ecumenical-prayer-vigil/


KAIROS South Sudan Partners Tour Canada During No Mas II, November 25 to December 10
Two South Sudanese women visitors from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) National Women's Programme (NWP) visit Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario, Southern Saskatchewan, Montreal, and Ottawa. The tour will run from November 25th through December 10th to coincide with the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It will highlight the women, peace and security work of the KAIROS Women of Courage Program. For more details, please go to: https://www.kairoscanada.org/south-sudan-partners-tour-canada-during-no-mas-ii.

11. Effective Partnerships

Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer - 2017-2018 Edition
The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC) has created a Cycle of Prayer for use in Canadian Anglican and Lutheran congregations and communities in Sunday liturgies throughout the year. For each Sunday there are intentions for specific dioceses/synods/groups in both the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Cycle runs from Advent 2017 to Advent 2018. Please forward any revisions to Marion Jenkins at myjenkins@bell.net .

Waterloo Ministries Directory - Fall 2017 Edition

The Fall 2017 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is out & 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 a full-communion relationship. The directory now includes an essay on polity and stories of communities which have united as one. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Spring 2018 edition to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at alavergne@elcic.ca.


Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
ELCIC young adults, ages 21-29, are eligible to apply for the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. YAGM invites participants into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. ELCIC member Nicholas Stienberg has been selected as a YAGM participant for 2017-2018, to serve as a volunteer in Australia. You can learn more about YAGM and how to support young adults on this journey at: www.elcic.ca/Global-Mission/YAGM.cfm


LWF Offers Many Helpful Resources
The Lutheran World Federation offers a great many resources which touch on every aspect of Christian life and ministry. Look for recently prepared items on women in ordained ministry, gender justice and much more. Details: https://www.lutheranworld.org/resources

CLWR: Gifts From the Heart


Each year, Canadian Lutheran World Relief's Gifts from the Heart catalogue provides meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God's love with the world. There is something to inspire and delight your friends and family members on any special occasion. View Gifts from the Heart online here or contact us to receive a copy of the catalogue or call toll-free at 1.800.661.2597.


CLWR: Good Steward through Partnerships

Did you know that Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is a great steward of our resources and, as such, is a founding member of Act Alliance, a long-time partner of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and a member of the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition?

Act Alliance was established at the impetus of The Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches and others. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 145 churches and church-related organizations working together in over 100 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organizations and mobilizes some $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid, development and advocacy.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank strives to provide food in times of crisis in the developing world; helps people grow more food to better feed themselves; and provides nutritional support to malnourished people with a focus on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and young children. They also advocate for public policies that enable families and communities to better feed themselves, and look for ways to engage and educate Canadians about global hunger.

The Humanitarian Coalition brings together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. As a joint Canadian effort, the Coalition serves as a single point of contact in times of crisis. In addition to CLWR and Islamic Relief Canada, the Humanitarian Coalition includes such familiar agencies as Oxfam, Care, Plan and Save the Children. These agencies work together to inform the Canadian public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of our response and reduce competition, duplication and costs.

12. Seminaries and Schools

LTS Announces a New Partnership With Fresh Dish Catering

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is pleased to announce a new partnership: Fresh Dish Catering, of Saskatoon, has signed a lease agreement to operate out of our cafeteria startingin February of 2018. To read the rest of this press release, please click here.


To read the news release release and other updates from its autumn newsletter, please click here.


LTS: An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols - December 6

For those of you in the Saskatoon and surrounding areas, LTS invites you to its Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, December 6. For more details, please click here.


LTS: The Expanding Reformations Study Tour (May 24-June 8, 2018)

The Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) in Saskatoon offers you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Luther. See firsthand where Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon lived, taught, and worked to bring about reform in the church. For more details on this study tour, please click here.


WLS: Interfaith Encounter in India Study Tour



For the past decade Waterloo Lutheran Seminary has led study tours to the Holy Land and Germany. In 2018, faculty plan to venture farther afield. Philip Mathai and Allen Jorgenson plan to co-teach Interfaith Encounters in India.


"At the seminary we have been working hard to understand how to be better interfaith neighbours," Jorgenson says. "Philip and I thought that a trip to India might be a rich learning experience when we consider their long history of living an interfaith reality."


The tour, running from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2, will feature more than one course. The cost will be roughly $3,600 (to be confirmed) including flights, ground transport, accommodation, and all meals in India. Tuition is not included. Credit may be applied to a bachelor's or master's degree program. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour as continuing education students. Jorgenson and Mathai will be holding an information session at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 29 Westmount Rd. S. in Waterloo, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. For details, view the flyer or contact Dorinda Kruger Allen at dkrugerallen@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x. 3241.


Luther College Residence and Scholarships


Apply TODAY to live in Luther College's upgraded and recently renovated residence. Not only will you get a private dorm room including internet, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-can eat meal plan, but you can also choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community and apply for $20,000 in newly established Luther College Residence Scholarships! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.

13. 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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