1. Lift Up The ELCIC
Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale
This year's ELCIC Praise Appeal Theme, Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme for the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and it's three subthemes (Creation - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for
Sale, and Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we
participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration. The
commemoration gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the
Reformation and what it means for us now, living as Lutheran people
within the whole body of Christ.
Has your congregation held a 2015 ELCIC Praise Appeal service? Resources can be found online at http://elcic.ca/praiseappeal/2015Resources.cfm and consider making a personal donation to the ELCIC Praise Appeal
(this can be done as a designated ELCIC Praise Appeal offering
through your congregation) or online at elcic.ca and clicking on DONATE NOW.
2. ELCIC Reformation 2017
Reformation 2017 - Global Themes
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s
themes and goals. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God's Grace with 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; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical
commitment. These themes and goals will be prominent in the ELCIC's ministry over the next couple of years. Click here to find out more on what these Reformation themes are all about.
Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to respond to be 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
- Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
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 Challenge: http://www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge/default.cfm
Register your commitment: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JHG2R8W
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: http://www.elcjhl.org/
Theological reflections for study groups on the Reformation 2017 themes are contained in four new booklets.The booklets have been created by 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. Many other resources are or will be available. To view these resources, please click here.
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue
In December, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) are beginning joint work on From Conflict to Communion which encourages Lutherans and Catholics to celebrate together the common witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Dialogue will produce a Study Guide wherein the lens of baptism will be used to look at the five imperatives at the end of From Conflict to Communion common point of beginning, encounter, unity, gospel and joint witness. Bishop Susan Johnson will co-chair the Dialogue. We invite our ELCIC community to include this important work in the prayers of the faithful and to begin thinking about the major themes in From Conflict to Communion.
Information on Canadian Events
We are gathering news of 2017 Reformation events. These include lecture series in Calgary; an ecumenical worship and lecture series in Edmonton; a scholarly symposium in Waterloo; and more. Is your congregation, community or institution planning something special for 2017? We’d like to hear from you! Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what’s happening. If you have any information available online, give us the link! We’d like to help remind people of possibilities and assist in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Andre Lavergne at email@example.com.
Luther Reading Challenge
Many of Martin Luther’s writings are being presented online for reflection. The texts range from Luther’s personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social commentary; his catechisms and his will. Individual readers and reading groups can participate in online discussions. Simply register and have the opportunity to look at our roots!
3. Open Letter from Lutheran, Anglican Leaders addresses situation in Pikangikum
In an open letter, ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, Archbishop
Fred Hiltz, Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, and National
Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and
Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing
solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.
To view this open letter, please click here.
4. National Bishop Encourages Members to Challenge Intolerance and Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites the members of the church, "to
consider the richness of diversity which is Canada" and "include
prayers for those who suffer for their differences and for the whole
human family with whom we share God's image and the fullness of God's
The National Bishop's call for respecting the dignity of every human
being comes from concern for the recent tone of national debate
regarding the right of Muslim women in Canada to choose to wear the
niqab. Bishop Johnson lifts up the declaration of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Welcoming the Stranger, affirmed at the 2015 ELCIC National
Convention, which calls for the commitment to "treat the stranger to our
community as we would like to be treated, and challenge intolerance."
To read the text of Bishop Johnson's letter, please click here.
5. Appeal Issued to Assist with Syrian Refugee Relief
Photo provided by CLWR
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian
Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) have issued an appeal to support Syrian
refugees suffering and displaced by brutal violence in their country.
"We are asking all ELCIC members to keep Syrian refugees in their
prayers," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "We pray for
their safety and access to shelter and basic necessities. I urge our
members to assist with financial contributions to the appeal and help
support our sisters and brothers."
CLWR, through the support of on-the-ground partners such as The Lutheran
World Federation, is working with Syrian refugees who have settled in
communities in Jordan and Iraq. Funds received for this appeal will go
where most needed to provide basic aid such as clothing, personal
hygiene supplies and food vouchers to people most in need of support.
Funds will also assist with helping refugee children returning to school
by supporting school and classroom rehabilitation and school supplies.
Youth and young adults affected by trauma will be supported through
psychosocial support programs. Donations made between September 12, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government through their Syria
Emergency Relief Fund.
You may make a donation in one of the following ways:
- Donate online: clwr.donorshops.com/product/685132A/syrianrefugeerelief.php
- Make a designated offering (Syrian Refugee Relief) donation through any ELCIC congregation.
- Call CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177
Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to
contribute to Syrian Refugee Relief.
You can also get more information on refugee sponsorship and resources by clicking here.
6. Compassionate Justice Updates
Prayers for Paris
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is leading an ecumenical effort to reflect, sing, act pray for the climate. Prayers for Paris is an engaging collection of resources and activities to support faith action on climate change. Click here to access the prayer materials, join in the prayer chain, sign the call to action and share local stories.
Restorative Justice Week (November 15-22, 2015)
Pray and reflect on a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. Find resources at Correctional Services Canada (CSC), Church Council on Justice and Corrections and ELCIC Resolution on Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada.
Peace Sunday Packet 2015
Many Mennonite congregations observe November 8, 2015 as Peace Sunday. Resources for worship, prayer and reflection are available at: http://mcccanada.ca/media/resources/3542
National Housing Day (November 22, 2015)
Here are resources which you can use pertaining to National Housing Day on November 22.
- Website: The Homeless Hub
- On Twitter: #NationalHousingDay
- Prayer for The Neglected -page 79, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (This may be an appropriate prayer for this day.)
Participate in Winds of Change Campaign
This year, the Winds of Change campaign will focus on TRC Call to Action #62 which calls for the history of residential schools and treaties to be a mandatory part of the school curriculum in each province and territory. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
7. Spirited Discipleship Updates
The next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering takes place in August 17-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Registration information is now online. Please share with your home teams and youth groups. Find out more about: Specialist Home Teams, deadlines, fees, accommodations and more at claygathering.ca .
Call to Spiritual Renewal
with others across the ELCIC striving for a deeper discipleship as we
live out our baptismal covenants. The call to spiritual renewal
includes: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell. A new resource: Call to Spiritual Renewal - Ideas for Individuals, Congregations and Communities was distributed at convention this summer and is now available online. For more
information, please visit our website.
8. Healthy Church Updates
2016 Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).
Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing
inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through
worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the
National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.
In 2016, the 20th anniversary of the ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be
conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24
- 27, 2016. Look for nomination information on the Companion of the
Worship Arts webpage.
9. Effective Partnerships Updates
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2016, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The focus is on the text from 1 Peter 2:9 Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God!The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by the Canadian Council of Churches. Place your orders now for your community's study and prayer!
Waterloo Ministries Directory - Last Call
The Spring 2015 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 our full-communion relationship. A fresh edition will be forthcoming later in the fall.
Please direct any additions or revisions to Assistant to the
Bishop Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage "with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing
a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain." The Canadian
churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes:
climate, food, land, peace, poverty, racism and reconciliation.
Resources are being prepared and gathered across denominations and will
be shared in the months to come. A new WCC Pilgrimage website has just been launched.
News from the Global Christian Community
The World Council of Churches
(WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offer regular news from
the global Christian community. News items inform us as to the ongoing
ministry of the LWF and WCC, and provide helpful materials for
congregational study, sermon preparation and timely emphases for the
To subscribe to the Lutheran World Information newsletter, visit the LWF web-site, scroll down to the bottom, enter your information and click Sign-up.
LWF website: www.lutheranworld.org/
LWF on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lutheranworld
To subscribe to WCC's weekly news roundup, click on the following link:
WCC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldCouncilofChurches
10. Canada Lutheran - Share Your Story or Photo to Inspire
Every congregation has stories
that others find interesting and sometimes inspire them to try something
similar. You can share those stories and photos with the wider church
by sending them to your synod editor for your synod's pages in Canada Lutheran. The following is a list of our synod editors and their email contact information.
11. Tell Your Story
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