1. A Call for Prayers, Solidarity Following Attack at Quebec Mosque
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson writes to the church following the fatal attack on the night of January 29 at le Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec.
Our hearts and prayers reach out to the families of those who were killed, those who were hurt, their families, and all who feel the impact of this terrible act of violence. We extend our commitment to stand with Muslims across Canada, says Bishop Johnson.
To view the news release and full letter, please click on the following link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=459
2. Recognizing Outstanding Contributions of Rostered and Lay Members in the ELCIC
The ELCIC In Mission for Others Leadership Award recognizes the oustanding contributions of rostered and lay members in service to the wider church. This award will be introduced at the 2017 ELCIC National Convention as part of our commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will be presented to individuals commited to advancing the mission and ministry of the ELCIC and demonstrating leadership In Mission for Others.
For information on the criteria, nominations and other details, please visit:
3. 2017 National Convention
Updates on the 2017 National Convention
The 2017 National Convention will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the University Centre on the University of Manitoba campus from July 6 to 8, 2017.
Currently available in the convention section of the ELCIC website is information on delegate selection, elections, the Bulletin of Reports, and how to submit petitions to the National Secretary for inclusion in the Bulletin of Reports.
The Registration Package will be posted to the ELCIC website on February 21, 2017. Online registration will be available starting March 1, 2017 with a closing date for delegates of April 14, 2017.
Opportunities exist for sponsorship or attending as an exhibitor at the convention. The Sponsorship Package and the Exhibitor Package will be posted to the website in mid-February.
The Local Arrangements Committee for the 2017 ELCIC Convention, chaired by Norm Coull, is recruiting volunteers to assist during the convention. If you live in Winnipeg and would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2017 National Convention by visiting the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg/default.cfm. Please check back often.
4. Diaconal Sunday - February 26, 2017
Sunday, February 26 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. Resources for Diaconal Sunday, including hymn suggestions, prayers, children's message and sermon, are available at http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/DiaconalSunday.cfm
5. CLAY 2018 - Save the Date!
The planning team is happy to announce the dates for CLAY 2018 in Thunder Bay, ON. Lutheran and Anglican youth from across Canada are invited to meet in Thunder Bay from August 15 - 19. It is sure to be an amazing time! Watch for more details over the new few months.
6. 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: email@example.com.
7. Share Your Ideas & Stories with Canada Lutheran
Canada Lutheran is ELCIC's magazine that brings you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you to the wider church. This is why we depend on your feedback and suggestions.
If you have a story or idea about how you or the people around you handle life's challenges and opportunities through faith, share your story. Each article needs to be around 650 words and we pay for them. Perhaps you know of a layperson in your congregation who uses all of their energy, talent and leadership, and that makes them a role model? That is the kind of person whose ideas we want to share through our In Mission column. Please take the time to let us know about such people and why you think we should interview them. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. 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 due on Easter Monday, April 17, 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
9. ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material to Commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have developed 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 group 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 led by Lutheran and Catholic bishops in Victoria, Vancover area, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. More are being considered. Also look for other ecumenical events such as tours to Germany, a hymnfest in New Westminster, symposia in Waterloo and Montreal and many other local or regional events.
From Conflict to Communion
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)
10. 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, and in our 2016 Advent devotions. These will come to life at our 2017 National Convention.
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!
Would you like to receive weekly highlights on the Reformation Challenge in your inbox? Email email@example.com with Subscribe - Reformation Challenge in the subject line.
Looking for ways you and your congregation can get involved? Be inspired by these stories:
From 20 books to 2 scholarships
ELCIC congregation sets goals to engage in Reformation Challenge
ELCIC congregation makes Reformation Challenge missional priority
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!
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website
11. Compassionate Justice Updates
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.
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. Most recent contributors include 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Canadian Churches Forum Offers Continuing Ed
Many ELCIC communities are increasingly engaged in ministries with people of other faiths and cultures. Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a five-day interactive program to help participants engaged in, proposing to engage in, intercultural work. The study offers practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is a program of the Canadian Council of Churches' Canadian Churches Forum. DUIM is for ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone with program locations regularly offered across Canada.
A Helpful Online Resource and Networking Tool for Interfaith Groups
The Interfaith Resource Directoryi 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and the CCC's Canadian Interfaith Reference Group.
13. Effective Partnerships Updates
LutherCare Communities Seeking Nominee for Corporate Board of Directors
LutherCare Communities (LCC) seeks an individual to complete a board term on its 12-member corporate board of directors. The primary function of the corporate board is to provide governance and strategic direction to the organization. For details on this volunteer opportunity, please visit www.luthercare.com. Select Board Members Needed in the What's New at LutherCare box in the right corner. Complete the Board Applicant Questionnaire and submit it, along with your resume to Melody Lewis, LutherCare Communities, 1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK S7N 0T9 or email@example.com .
New World Interfaith Harmony Week
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) marks World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7. We join with others around the globe in this week of reflection and public witness on what it means to be people of faith, regardless of religious affiliation. Being in a dialogue with people of other faith traditions enriches our own mission and ministry, and helps us create a climate where we can work together for peace and justice. In 2012, ELCIC's National Church Council endorsed a request from The Lutheran World Federation to observe World Interfaith Harmoney Week. In Canada, World Interfaith Harmoney Week has been observed by Lutherans, Presbyterians, Uniteds and Roman Catholics, together with Muslims, Jews, Baha' and many others in secular, civic and religious contexts. ELCIC congregations and worship leaders may choose to augment the Prayer of the Day or Prayers of Intercession in early February with the following: For the Hunan Family: "O god, you made us in your image..." (EvLW, pg 79) or A Prayer attributed to St. Francis: "Lord, make us instruments..." (EvLW, pg. 87). Additionally, people may want to pray one of these prayers as part of their daily devotion.
CCS Job Opportunity - Looking For A New Principal
The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS) is a national theological school based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with roots in the Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada.Our mission is to educate leaders for justice, compassion, and transformation, We prepare women and men for diverse ministries of diakonia (service) in both the church and world.
The principal of the Centre for Christian Studies will be a person who is deeply formed by Biblical values with a commitment to justice, to the empowering of others through transformative learning, and to a collaborative, collegial, and non-hierarchical work-style. The principal will build upon a valued history of visionary leadership. Familiarity with the Anglican and United Church communities and a strong understanding and commitment to diaconal ministry will also be essential.
The job ad for the position with links to the job description and an information package is available at http://ccsonline.ca/job-postings/.
CLWR Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land
Join Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) in early 2018 for our Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land. Experience first-hand the religious, cultural, social and political context of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. For itinerary highlights and registration details visit: http://wp.me/p1PvM-XM
CLWR Sunday Worship Resources
CLWR Sunday worship resources provide an opportunity for congregations to celebrate their partnership with CLWR at a Sunday morning worship service. The resources include reflections on scripture passages, music, selections, stories about CLWR's programs, and activity suggestions. Download the worship resource package here: http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/Worship_Resources.htm#clwrsunday
14. Seminaries and Schools
Luther College Offers $70,000 in Awards
As part of our commitment to student success, Luther College of the University of Regina offers $70,000 in awards to Luther students each year. Applications open March 15 and close May 15. For more information, please visit http://www.luthercollege.edu/awards.
LTS: New Staff Members and Lay Academy Program
Semper reformanda is a phrase often used by Martin Luther, which translates as the church always reforming itself. Reformation, or renewal, not only holds true for the church, but perhaps also for the Seminary, too - an institution of and within the church. Indeed, this has been a time of renewal at Lutheran Theological Seminary. Not only are there several new staff members, (check out our website & Facebook pages for information on Rev. John Gram, Hugh Williams, and Lorene Jewitt), but 2017 also marks the beginning of a new program at LTS: the Lay Academy. To read the ret of this article, please click here.
Special Fund to Help Cover Counselling Costs for Refugees
Shown here is the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre (Photo credits: Waterloo Lutheran Ceminary)
Refugees in Waterloo Region may receive some financial help dealing with trauma after The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, a community outreach project by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, recently established a special fund to help pay for counselling. "The fund is an expression of the Glebe centre’s mission to strengthen the emotional and spiritual well-being of university students and residents of the broader community," says Kristine Lund, the centre’s clinical director.
“Refugees bring with them rich experiences from their countries of origin but as well difficult and even traumatic experiences as they fled and made their way to finally arrive in Canada,” she says. “For many, their faith and religious traditions have been an important source of strength that has supported them throughout their journey.
“We recognize the importance of religious and spiritual resources in the healing and change process,” Lund adds. “Therapists are particularly trained to be sensitive to questions of meaning and the integration of the client’s faith into therapy. This is especially important for clients who are healing from traumatic experiences.”
Anyone wishing to help provide counselling will be able to donate to the fund on the centre’s donor page located on Wilfrid Laurier University’s website (the seminary is a federated college of Laurier).To go to the donation page, please click here: jhttps://secureca.imodules.com/s/1681/15/index.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=613&dids=92
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