1. Canada Lutheran Honoured with Six Awards
The ELCIC's national publication Canada Lutheran, received six awards at the recent Canadian Church Press (CCP) annual convention held May 1-2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The annual CCP awards program recognizes excellence in publications and allows participants the benefit of feedback provided by judges on all submissions.
ELCIC Graphic Designer Catherine Crivici won first place in the Feature Layout and Design category for her work on the October/November 2013 issue Pain and Blessing: Autism and the Church. "You've made a compelling layout," noted the judge's feedback. "There's structure, and a good narrative arrangement to the images." Crivici received second place in the Edition Layout and Design of a Magazine category for the October/November issue. Her work was also recognized with a third place in the Front Cover of a Magazine category for the January/February 2013 issue.
Other awards received were the following:
- Second place, News Photo category, A View from the Peace Tower, July/August 2013 (ELCIC Director of Communications and Stewardship - Trina Gallop Blank)
- Second place, Biblical Interpretation category, Facing Our Fears, March 2013 (columnist - Daranne Harris)
- Third place, Magazine Features category, Hockey Chaplain: God cares about the people playing hockey, September 2013 (writer - Geoff Kirbyson)
To view the news release, please click on this link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=377
To find out more about the ELCIC's national publication, Canada Lutheran, please click here.
Kindling: A Bible Study - A Resource for You
Looking for a Bible Study to use with your family or community? Canada Lutheran has introduced Kindling: A Bible Study - a biblical starting place for addressing issues your family of faith may be facing, some kindling where warmth and light might be welcome. Download your copy today by clicking here.
2. 2014 CWA Recipients Named
2014 Companion of the Worship Arts Award Recipients, The Rev. Canon Dr. Graham Cotter and Dr. Joy Berg.
This is the first year that the Companion of the Worship Arts Award (CWA) will be presented to one Lutheran and one Anglican recipient.
The ELCIC recipient of the CWA award for 2014 is Dr. Joy Berg.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Graham Cotter is the inaugural Anglican laureate of the CWA award.
The CWA award is presented biennially in recognition of significant contributions to the national worship life. The awards will be presented by National Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz at the National Anglican Lutheran Worship Conference on July 20 to 23 at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton Alberta.
To view the news release announcing this year's recipients, please click on this link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=375
3. Congregations on Twitter and Facebook
Is your congregation on Facebook and Twitter? We'd love to hear from you! We are putting together a list of ELCIC Congregations that are active on social media. Tweet us at @ELCICinfo to let us know if you are on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ELCICinfo). And post on the ELCIC page (www.facebook.com/CanadianLutherans) if your congregation is on Facebook. Also, is your congregations active on instagram (www.instagram.com/canadianlutherans) and Pinterest? Let us know that as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. 2014-2015 Stewardship Resources Now Available
All ELCIC congregations should have received a copy of the Stewardship Resources sample pack at the beginning of July. You can order enough copies for your congregation just by contacting the National Office. The following were included in the sample package:
- A copy of Giving magazine with resources on stewardship preaching strategies, financial gift planning, enriching envelope giving and effective stewardship practices; a pull-out resource with a four-week stewardship emphasis plan and even offertory invitations to use during your congregation's worship services.
- A poster highlighting this year's theme for you to display in your congregation.
- Bulletin covers based on this year's theme
- Time and Talent form, including a version for youth and children
- Commitment card sample
- Ordering information
Find out more by visiting: www.elcic.ca/Stewardship/default.cfm
5. 2014 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your partnership in this important ministry!
The ELCIC Praise Appeal helps support the work of the wider church. The 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal theme - Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with our God (Micah 6:8) - outlines what God required us to do in a way that is both memorable and compelling.
Through your gift to the Praise Appeal, you directly enable the mission and ministry of the ELCIC to Do Justice, as we work in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing and responsible resource extraction, among many other important issues; Love Kindness, as we work to support refugees around the world and work in many development and relief programs with our partners; Walk Humbly with our God, through our Call to Spiritual Renewal and our deepening discipleship and learning of new ways to reach out in faith to those around us, and building better relationships with other denominations and faiths here in Canada and around the world.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal/resources.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.
6. Youth for CLAY 2016 National Planning Committee
The Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) is seeking for two creative, energetic, committed and responsible youth to join the National Planning Committee (NPC) for CLAY 2016. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21 on December 31, 2014, have strong organisational skills and a willingness to be part of planning the next youth gathering, then fill-out an application by clicking here. Deadline for applications is on September 20, 2014.
7. Compassionate Justice Updates
Open for Justice
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson (ELCIC), Archbishop Fred Hiltz (ACC) and National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald have written an article reflecting on Holy Week, Easter and corporate accountability for the extraction sector. Read the article As Christians, we are challenged to condemn mining abuses in The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), April 21, 2014 issue. To support the Open for Justice campaign, please click here.
Justice Camp 2014 - LAND on Aug 15-21, 2014, Edmonton, AB
Land, spirituality, and the development of community are all inseparably linked. Justice Camp brings together people from across Canada to learn through active immersion within the communities challenged by social justice issues. To learn more, please click here to go to their website.
New from KAIROS: Northern Gateway Approval: Reconciliation Postponed
On June 17, the federal government approved construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline. KAIROS joins with Indigenous peoples, other communities, and the environmental sector in expressing our dismay at the implications this decision has for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the earth. To read more, please click here.
Ethical Reflections on Fracking
The practice of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas and oil raises significant ecological and Indigenous rights issues. On April 8, 2014, KAIROS released a discussion paper inviting our member churches to consider whether KAIROS should endorse a moratorium on fracking. To read more about this issue, please click here.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing Resources
Click on the following to access helpful resources on homelessness and affordable housing.
CMHC Affordable Housing in Canada
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
1st of each month #fastfortheclimate http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=349
24th of each month Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Holy Land http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=315
On the centenary of World War One, Project Ploughshares and the Group of 78 are co-hosting a conference to be held at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on September 26-28, 2014. The goal is to reflect on how we can reduce the incidence of armed conflict and reinforce the foundations of a more stable, just and peaceful world. Find out more by visiting the Group of 78 website.
8. Spirited Discipleship Updates
WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC
Registration has opened for the 2014 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY 2014). Three pre-gathering Bible Studies have been prepared, including one on the National Youth Project. Please click here to go to the website.
National Youth Project - Right to Water
The National Youth Project has committed to providing potable water to one home in Pikangikum, ON. Three new resources have been posted in support of this goal: A brochure, an FAQ document and a powerpoint presentation designed for local use. Please click here to get more information.
Faith and Wisdom
Faith and Wisdom is a resource site that provides information on lifelong theological learning opportunities and which also includes a search engine.
9. Healthy Church Updates
Diaconal Ministers Gathering
The biennial gathering of ELCIC's rostered diaconal ministers and diaconal candidates takes place on July 13-20, 2014 in Edmonton, AB. Please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadeship at email@example.com for more information.
Word and Sacrament Ministry in the ELCIC
By the time this issue of E-Communique is released, convention delegates in all five synods will have received copies of the ELCIC’s Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide. This Guide affords people across the church the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry with an emphasis on under-served areas of the church. Congregations are encouraged to download copies of the Study Guide and to convene study groups over the summer or in the fall. Responses are invited by December 15.
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide:
A brief introduction to the ELCIC context
Reformation Commemoration 2015-2017
National Church Council has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). NCC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation’s goals which are to strengthen communion among member churches; to explore our Lutheran identity; and to strengthen ecumenical commitment. The theme is Liberated by God’s Grace and the sub-themes are Salvation - Not for sale!; Human Beings - Not for sale!; and Creation - Not for sale!
As a prelude to the 2015-2017 commemoration, ELCIC communities are invited to take a look at From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. This important document can serve as a guide for local Lutheran-Catholic reflection, conversation and study. To view this document, please click here. To find out about LWF, please click on this link.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2015, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The focus is on the text from John 4, “Jesus said: Give me a drink”. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches 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. It’s not too early to order for your community’s study and prayer. Click here to access these resources.
A brief introduction to the work of the CCC is available here.
10. Effective Partnerships Updates
The Church: Toward a Common Vision
In the lead-up to last year’s 10th Assembly of the Wold Council of Churches, the WCC released The Church: Toward a Common Vision, an ecumenical convergence statement in the same lineage as the 1982 Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. In April, The Church was circulated to ELCIC bishops and theologians for reflection and possible response. The Church may also serve as a focus for congregational, seminary or local rostered ministry study.
Click here to read The Church: Toward a Common Vision.
LWF Virtual Conference on Diakonia
Mark your calendars for September 18, 2014. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will again host a virtual conference, featuring highly diverse speakers, accessible in five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Indonesian) and engaging conversations with colleagues from around the world.
Lutheran World Federation
If you go to the LWF webpage today, you will see articles on World Refugee Day and on the recent LWF Council meeting. You will also see a report on young adult leadership in the church, and a resource on intergenerational sharing. Discover what it means to belong to a global communion. Please click here to go to the website.
The Biggest Lutheran BBQ EVER!
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is planning BBQ picnics on or close to August 10, 2014, in partnership with Lutheran congregations across Canada. BBQs are already being planned in Calgary, Edmonton, Eganville, Estevan, Grenfell, Kitchener-Waterloo, Red Deer, Regina, Thunder Bay, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Help make this cross-country event even bigger! Contact Tom Brook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.661.2597 to get involved with an existing BBQ or to plan one in your community. Visit www.clwr.org/News/biglutheranbbq.htm for more information. #BigLutheranBBQ
CLWR worship resources
CLWR Sunday worship resources for
2014-15 will be available in July. Check the CLWR website or watch for an email coming soon.
CLWR’s Refugee Sunday worship resources are still available. Although World Refugee Day has passed for this year, these resources can be used at any time. National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has recorded a short video message to show on a Refugee Sunday. Please click here to watch the video. More resources and information on CLWR’s work with refugees can be found on our World Refugee Day webpage.
Road to Kakuma
CLWR continues to raise funds to transport a container of aid to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. A $20 gift helps “sponsor” five kilometres of the highway to the camp. The container will hold items like quilts, hygiene kits, baby bundles and school supplies, which are urgently needed by students in the camp. To learn more about this project, please click here, or click here to make a gift.
CLWR’s Partnership newsletter is available
The theme is “Back to our roots: in mission for refugees.” Click here to read it.
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