1. February 28 is Diaconal Sunday
Celebrating witness expressed through service (diakonia) and leadership offered by the ELCIC's diaconal ministers.
Sunday, February 28 is Diaconal Sunday, the day the ELCIC
celebrates the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through our
baptism all Christians are called to share God's word and to serve our
neighbours in Christ's name. It is also a day to recognize and give
thanks to God for the men and women who serve in official calls as
deacons in our church. For resources, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/DiaconalSunday.cfm
2. ELCIC Reformation 2017
Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has adopted the LWF's themes and goals to commemorate the Reformation. The overall 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; (3) to strengthen ecumenical
commitment; and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and
peace. These themes and goals are becoming prominent in the ELCIC's
ministry and are captured in our 2016 joint Anglican-Lutheran national
youth and worship gatherings.
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 theme is Liberated by God's Grace with three sub-themes:
Please click on the following links for some helpful resources:
Reformation 2017 Flyer
Not for Sale! CLAY Gathering
Formation & Reformation - National Worship Conference
Reformation Theme Reflections
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
resources for ministerial study groups and ecumenical conversations.
Consider a Lenten study with colleagues!
To find out more on Reformation Reflections, please click here.
Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to
give expression to being "Liberated by God's Grace" through the ELCIC
Reformattion 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!
The ELCIC, CLWR and Lutheran Church-Canada national offices are jointly sponsoring a Syrian family and the response to the Syrian refugee crisis has been dramatic across the ELCIC. Let us know of your comitment to tell us what you, your congregation, your family or your community are doing.
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/
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Working Group
left to right) Archbishop Richard Gagnon (CCCB Co-chair), Dr. Mary Joy
Philip (ELCIC), Dr. Catherine Clifford (CCCB), Sister Donna Geernaert SC
(CCCB). (Back from left to right) Pastor Andre Lavergne (ELCIC staff),
Mr. Kyle Ferguson (CCCB staff), Bishop Susan Johnson (ELCIC Co-chair),
Pastor Paul Sartison (ELCIC)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have convened a Working Group on From Conflict to Communion which encourages Lutherans and Catholics to commemmorate the
Reformation in 2017. The Working Group will produce a Study Guide in
which our shared history will be considered in light of the five
imperatives of From Conflict to a Communion - common point of
beginning, mutual encounter, striving for unity, our shared gospel and
joint witness. The Working Group will gather from February 16 to 18. We invite our ELCIC community to include this important work in the prayers of the faithful and to begin thinking about a joint Lenten Study and common ecumenical commemorations coming in 2017.
Reformation 2017 Common Prayer
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. Common Prayer is based upon the themes of From Conflict to Communion. The Canadian Lutheran-Catholic Working Group will be reviewing Common Prayer in February. In October 2016, the LWF and Vatican will host an ecumenical commemoration in Lund, Sweden, where the LWF was founded in 1947. The commemoration will be led by Pope Francis and LWF’s President, Bishop Munib Younan, and General Secretary, Dr. Martin Junge.
Information on Canadian Events
We are gathering news of 2017
Reformation events. If your congregation, community or institution is planning something special for 2017, we would 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 would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist in
getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at email@example.com.
3. 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal
Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes
The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the
Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.
Congregations throughout the
ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday in 2016 to highlight this appeal
at a time that works best for their local circumstances. View the
resources online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal .
4. Compassionate Justice Updates
Welcoming the Stranger
Have you affirmed the core
faith values for Welcoming the Stranger? The ELCIC National Convention
endorsed this initiative in July, 2015. For more information, please click here.
Winds of Change Campaign
In response to the Truth and
Reconciliation Call to Action #62, KAIROS has prepared a petition for
each province and territory calling on each jurisdiction to make the
history of residential schools and treaties to be a mandatory part of
the school curriculum. Find out more and download a petition by clicking here.
5. Spirited Discipleship Updates
The next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering takes place in August 17-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Please check-out claygathering.ca for updates, including new Band and Drama Team announcements.
National Youth Project - Right to Water
National Youth Project: Right to Water
Living Justice - Life Giving Waters is a new resource exploring the theme of water through biblical reflection and activities. It was prepared by the Youth Council of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), ELCIC’s partner for the National Youth Project. The resource includes a challenge to share insights through social media. It will soon be posted on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Youth/RightToWater.cfm.
6. Healthy Church Updates
Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD)
The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee has been gathering papers from ELCIC teaching scholars and other doctors of the church around the matter of ordered ministry and with particular attention to diaconal ministry. FOD will meet in March and again in May, this time with members of the community of diaconal ministers to frame an ELCIC Study Guide on Orders of Ministry for use in the fall of 2016.
Continuing Education for ELCIC Members
What is your plan for continuing education in 2016? The ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) provides support to encourage ongoing education by ELCIC leaders. The member’s personal account is available for a wide variety of short term study opportunities. Plan members are eligible to apply for a Long Term Study Grant toward an advanced degree. CEP Expense Reimbursement Forms and Long Term Study Leave Forms can be found on the following link: http://www.elcicgsi.ca/?page_id=15
Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey
The World Council of Churches offers some terrific continuing education possibilities which might be of interest to ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these seminars are offered at the Bossey Institute (near Geneva, Switzerland) but there are exceptions. Look for:
Capacity-building in Diakonia and Development, March 2016, Lebanon; Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA), 30 May - 12 June 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia; Pastoral Challenges to Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and Multi-faith World, 14 - 31 August 2016, Bossey, Switzerland; more.
Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:
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.
Interfaith Curriculum Resources
The Scarboro Missions, a Canadian Roman Catholic mission society, maintains an excellent repository of curriculum, do-it-yourself workshops and educational resources for interfaith and multi-faith work. Much of it is accessible to Lutherans and could help to undergird interfaith refugee resettlements efforts in the ELCIC.
To access Scarboro Mission's resources, please click here.
WCC’s Current Dialogue - Explore Multiple Religious Belonging
Volume 57 of Current Dialogue (December 2015) explores the reality of “multiple religious belonging” where people express themselves through more than one faith tradition. The issue is timely in the context of present-day Canada. James Christie’s article touches on an episode familiar to many pastors. Current Dialogue is available for free online. Please click here to get more information and to access the latest issue.
7. Effective Partnerships Updates
Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC)
The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission is meeting in March. A new Task Group is focused on collecting documents (constitutions, memoranda of understanding, agreements...) and best practices in joint Anglican-Lutheran communities. Have something to contribute? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLWR: EMERGENCY: Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years.
Your support is needed now to prevent hunger
It’s a humanitarian crisis few have heard about in North America, yet it has been classified at the highest level of humanitarian emergency, along with the war in Syria. No rain has put more than 10 million people at risk for starvation in Ethiopia, and an estimated 400,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition, which can lead to stunting, and physical and mental delays in development. Canadian Lutheran World Relief is working with trusted aid agencies on the ground to provide Ethiopian families with food now. Your support also helps provide the supplies and infrastructure they need to produce food when the rains do come. Please donate today to provide food and livelihood supports for those affected by hunger: http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/F669712/ethiopiadroughtappeal.php
Read more about the crisis on CBC News: “Ethiopia faces worst drought in 50 years, UN warns:” http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ethiopia-drought-warning-1.3418321
CLWR: Canadian Lutheran World Relief Annual Report
See your support at work. CLWR’s 2014-15 Annual Report is available to read on their website now: http://bit.ly/1SbDKQQ
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