1.   World Interfaith Harmony Week
2.   Diaconal Sunday
4.   CLAY 2018
5.   Canada Lutheran
6.   Worship
8.   Healthy Church
9.  Compassionate Justice
10. Effective Partnerships
11. Seminaries and Schools
12. Tell Your Story
13. Share these resources

February 1-7
February 25
Lenten Bulletin Inserts
Registration Now Live
Share Your Ideas
CWA 2018 and NWC 2018
Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships
CEP, Interfaith and More
Greening Congregation, Let Justice Roll and More
YAGM, JALC and More
Luther College, LTS and WLS
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. World Interfaith Harmony Week - February 1-7, 2018

From February 1-7, 2018, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week. The ELCIC will join with others around the world in this week of reflection and public witness on what it means to be people of faith, regardless of religious affiliation. Being in 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.


To read more and access the various resources for World Interfaith Harmony Week, please click here.

2. Diaconal Sunday - February 25, 2018

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) lifts up the last Sunday of February as Diaconal Sunday to raise awareness of diakonia (service) as a vital dimension of the church's witness and of rostered diaconal ministry as a valuable expression of church leadership. CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke has written this year's Diaconal Sunday sermon, based on the readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent. Resources can be found online here: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/DiaconalSunday.cfm

3. Set Free By Truth: Lenten Bulletin Inserts from Church Leaders

A series of eight bulletin inserts on the place where truth-telling and racial justice meet has been prepared by the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop), The Episcopal Church (The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate), Anglican Church of Canada (The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate), and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop). This excellent series is available on the elcic.ca website and includes eight pieces (Ash Wednesday, Lent 1, Lent 2, Lent 3, Lent 4, Lent 5, Palm/Passion Sunday, Triduum/Great three days).

4. CLAY Registration Now Live

Every two years, the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) host a national gathering of youth and their leaders. CLAY 2018 will take place on August 15-19, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To register for threads, please visit: https://www.eply.com/clay2018. General information surrounding CLAY 2018 can be found at: www.claygathering.ca.

5. 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.

6. 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 the service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts. This award will be presented at the National Worship Conference (NWC) in Victoria, BC. Visit www.nationalworshipconference.org for more details on NWC. To read the full write-up for the call to nominations, please click here.

To read more and access the various resources for World Interfaith Harmony Week, please click here.

7. Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships in Western Canada

Following a successful launch in Fredericton in October 2017, KAIROS' series of reconciliation events entitled, Indigenous Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community heads west.


KAIROS and local partners invite Indigenous peoples, newcomers and friends to participate in these reconciliation events, which will run until March. Upcoming events in Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Winnipeg will continue to explore opportunities, challenges and recommendations for building relationships between Indigenous, immigrant and migrant communities through activities that will include concerts/cultural performances, workshops, feasts and sharing gatherings. For more information, please click here.

8. Healthy Church

Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Advanced Study Grants

Members of the ELCIC Continuing Education Plan 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 click here.


Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Prairie Centre Ecumenism offers an excellent Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. This year's program will be offered on July 10-13 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Saskatoon, and will feature visiting scholars. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both are highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Complete details for this continuing education opportunity are found at: http://pcecumenism.ca/content/program-ecumenical-studies-and-formation-2018 . Early bird registration pricing is available.


Parliament on 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 representation alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. To visit their website, please click here.


ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

Delegates to the 2017 ELCIC National Convention 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 Lenten 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 keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.


Muslim-Christian Relationships

In 2017, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document, which has been very well received in the Muslim community, is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.

9. Compassionate Justice

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying

Input from across this church is a vital component in reviewing and updating the ELCIC's policies on Decisions at the End of Life. The ELCIC Study Guide is intended to help initiate meaningful conversation, and to be an invitation to offer input. In February, the Task Force will begin work on preparing recommendations for revisions to the current policies. Feedback will continue to be received and integrated into the Task Force's work until April 30, 2018. Click here to find out more.


Become a Green Church

The ELCIC's Accredited Greening Congregation program invites faith communities to annually review and reflect on their practises in a variety of areas: worship, energy conservation, recycling, communication, education and advocacy. Please click here for more information.


Show Support for Effective Human Rights Ombudsperson Office

KAIROS is greatly encouraged by the Honourable Minister of International Trade's announcement regarding the creation of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise. Consider writing a letter to the editor expressing your support for the creation of a credible, effective and independent Ombudsperson's office. For more information, please click here.


Let Justice Roll - UN Declaration

Bill C-262 is 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 click here.

10. Effective Partnerships

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, yearl-long journey in international service. Application deadline for 2018-2019 is February 15. For more information, visit ELCIC's Young Adults in Global Mission webpage.


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.


CLWR Updates:

CLWR Executive Director Designte Appointed


In this photo: Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, Incoming Executive Director Designate (left) and Mr. Marcus Busch, President of the CLWR Board of Directors (right), signing papers at the CLWR Executive Office in Winnipeg, Man.


The Board of Directors of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter has been appointed CLWR's incoming Executive Director Designate. To read more, please click here.


Build on Robert Granke's legacy of life-changing leadership


In this photo: Robert Granke served as Executive Dorector of CLWR since 2006.


Robert Granke, who has served as CLWR's Executive Director since 2006, is retiring this year. Build on his legacy of life-changing leadership with a gift to the Intern Support Fund. Established in Robert's name, this fund will support interns preparing for a future of humanitarian service. To read more, please click here.


New We Care Kit Videos



Every year, you provide thousands of people with basic supplies to learn and stay healthy. Watch two new videos about our We Care Learning and Living Kits and Hygiene Kits. Thank you for supporting our We Care program! To find out more, please click here.

11. Seminaries and Schools

LTS: Expanding Reformations Study Tour

In spring of 2018 from May 24th to June 8th, Dr. Gordon Jensen, professor of Reformation History and Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) Saskatoon is leading a study course on stories of the Early Reformations. This is a great opportunity for you to learn the stories of the Early Reformations. You can take this course for academic credit, continuing education, or audit. For further information, please contact Dr. Jensen at gordon.jensen@usask.ca before February 20th. You can also download the borchure by clicking here.


LTS Annual Study Conference & Storasli Lectures

You are invited to attend the LTS Annual Study Conference and Storasli Lectures on May 1 to 8, 2018. This year's theme is Singing Our Theology - How Hymns Shape Us for Mission and will feature Martin Wells and Susan Briehl. Information on registration will be posted on the LTS website soon. Please visit the LTS website for updates.


WLS: Renewal Roundup


In this photo: An installer applying foam insulation throughout WLS. The foam insulation is designed to make the school more energy efficient.


Construction crews are working throughout Waterloo Lutheran Seminary as the school's $9-million renewal and modernization project continues. To get a glimpse of the progress, view the latest construction update video by clicking here. For more information on the project, please click here.


WLS: Ontario Election Forum and Workshop

Robert Fisher, retired CBC Radio political reporter, will be the keynote speaker at an election forum designed to encourage faith-based groups to make their views known during the upcoming provincial election in Ontario, 7-9 p.m. on March 20, 2018 at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 29 Westmount Rd. S, Waterloo, Ont., N2L 2K4. Admission is free.


The forum will be followed at a later date, by a workshop to help faith community leaders and activists to kick-start their election strategices. John Milloy, former Ontario cabinet minister and director of the Centre for Public Ethics at the seminary, will be among the workshop presenters. Details are yet to be confirmed. Please keep tabs on the seminary's Facebook page and Twitter feed for details, or contact dkrugerallen@wlu.ca and ask to be added to the seminary events email list.


Luther College Residence



Pay for your Luther Residence fee by August 15, 2018 and save up to $225! Apply to live in Luther College Residence and not only will you get a private dorm room including free wifi, phone and laundry, and an all-you-care-to-eat meal plan, but you can also apply for $20,000 in Luther College Residence Scholarships and choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community! Visit: luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.

12. Tell Your Story

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