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2.   ELCIC
3.  Canada Lutheran
4.  Courageous Innovation
5.  Empowered Disciples
6.  Reconciled Relationships
7.  One Body Working Together
8.  Schools and Seminaries
9.  Tell Your Story
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Updates
Calendar of Events
Of Note and Individual Subscription
Skylight Festival and Worshipping Outside
Mutual Ministry, Learning Event & Season of Creation
KAIROS, WCC & More
Justice Camp, LWF and More
MLUC, Luther College and LTS
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1. 2019 National Convention Updates

The 2019 National Convention will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Centre for Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina from July 11-13, 2019.

 

Registration Information

After arriving in Regina, National Convention attendees will need to pick up their registration materials at the on-site Registration Desk either at the University of Regina Residence on Wednesday, July 10 or outside the plenary hall from Thursday, July 11 to Saturday, July 13. The registration desk will be open starting on Wednesday, July 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Orientation Session

There will be an optional one-hour General Orientation session offered to all attendees at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 in the convention plenary hall. This session will familiarize you with University Centre, the agenda, the schedule for convention, and other information to make your time at National Convention productive and enjoyable. Although this is an optional session it is highly recommended!

 

Bulletin of Reports - Available Online

The Bulletin of Reports is available online. Delegates are requested to read the Bulletin of Reports in preparation for the upcoming National Convention. Please click here to view the Bulletin of Reports.

 

Stay Up-to-Date With Our National Convention Updates

Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2019 National Convention and view the live webcast by visiting the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2019-Regina/default.cfm

 

2. ELCIC Calendar of Events

 

You and your congregation keep informed of ELCIC's Calendar of Events. For a sneak peek of what's coming up, please click here.

 

3. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Help on Of Note

 

Every congregation has special events and special people that Canada Lutheran 's readers would enjoy reading about. Why not take a moment to have someone write about one of them, take some photos to go with the story and send your material to the editor of your synod's section? Or send it to editor@elcic.ca and we'll pass it on for you.

 

Enjoy Reading Canada Lutheran With Our Individual Subscription Plan

For more than three decades, Canada Lutheran continues to nurture the Lutheran spirit by providing information, inspiration and interpretation of particular interest and benefit with to the members of the Evangelical Lutheran in Canada (ELCIC). Published eight times a year, every issue of Canada Lutheran is packed with feature articles that explore our faith and its role in our lives and of those around us.

 

If you haven't subscribed yet, act now by sending an email to: canaluth@elcic.ca . Click here to find out more. If you'd like to discover what Canada Lutheran is all about, please go to www.canadalutheran.ca .

4. Courageous Innovation

Skylight Festival - A National Faith Gathering

When: July 26-28, 2019

Where: Five Oaks, Paris, Ontario

 

Skylight is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice. To find out more information, please click here.

 

Worshipping Outside

What does it mean to worship...outside? Outdoor congregations are popping up all over North America. Explore how Worshipping Outdoors strengthens faith. Please click here for more information.

5. Empowered Disciples

Mutual Ministry Guide

A new Mutual Ministry Guide has been prepared by the ELCIC. The purpose of this guide is:

  1. To help congregations and leaders to nurture good and healthy mutual relationships.
  2. To provide guidelines to facilitate intentional and regular evaluations of congregational ministries, the staff and rostered ministers.
  3. To seek together opportunities for growth and renewal.

 

For more information, please click here.

 

Learning Events-

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness- Annual Conference (November 4 to 6)

The 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is set on November 4 to 6 in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, please click here.

 

Season of Creation

The ELCIC invites members and congregations to join with Christians of various traditions to observe a Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, 2019 (sometimes called Time for Creation). The invitation is to observe a particular practice of connecting faith, worship, stewardship of creation and healthy relationships with the earth during this season. Begin yoru search for worship ideas here.

 

6. Reconciled Relationships

 

Our Church and Our Muslim Friends and Neighbours

For several years, the ELCIC has been moving in the direction of greater engagement with our neighbours of other faiths and with Muslim sisters and brothers in particular. Here are several items which may help congregations in getting to know Muslim neighbours in our communities.

 

 

This summer the 2019 National Convention will consider a motion to adopt a joint Anglican-Lutheran program of ecumenical Christian-Muslim engagement based on A Common Word.

 

Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice

A new World Council of Churches resource rooted to the congregation level of churches' engagement in ecological and economic justice is an invitation to join in pilgrimage for an Economy of Life and climate justice, to commit to make changes in the way people live, and to share successful ideas to encourage one another. For more details, please click here.

 

The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking

The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking is a national charity dedicated to mobilizing collective action and system change to end human trafficking in Canada. A new national hotline was launched recently to provide services such as crisis response to people being trafficked; referrals to social service providers and law enforcement (as requested); and more. For details, please visit their website.

 

A Guide to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

KAIROS has created an inforgraphic that shows the most impactful lifestayle changes individuals can make to reduce their carbon footprint. This guide to reducing your carbon footprint attempts to make it easier to begin these difficult conversations. To view this guide and to download it in PDF, please click here.

 

Healing Poverty: Reflecting the Root Causes and Spiritual Impact of Poverty

The Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches recently released a new report called "Healing Poverty." It looks at the root causes of poverty in Canada and their spiritual impact on our whole society while also offering concrete suggestions for faith communities to make action. For more details, please click here.

 

KAIROS Gatherings Invigorate Participants Coast-and-Coast

 

 

KAIROS recently gathered at opposite ends of the country - in Vancouver and Sackville - to help invigorate local social and environmental justice efforts. The KAIROS BC-Yukon Network Gathering and Streams of Justice Atlantic Gathering were full, rich places of connection, learning and renewal - made possible by so many small and large contributions from so many people. Click here to read more. To find out how you can become more engaged with KAIROS, contact Shannon Neufeldt at snefeldt@kairoscanada.org or 1-877-403-8933 ext. 222.

7. One Body Working Together

Respect Justice Camp 2019 - August 13-19

Justice Camp is an initiative of our Full Communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada. This year, Respect Justice Camp 2019 is being held in Windsor, Ont. and is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is interested in justice issues. For more information, please click here for the bulletin or view the website.

 

LWF & WCC Annual Reports

Each year, in the spring, the The Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches put out an annual report detailing their work in the previous year. The ELCIC is a bold and reliable partner in these international bodies even as it is in such national bodies as The Canadian Council of Churches, Project Ploughshares (the Peace Research Institute of the Canadian Council of Churches), KAIROS and several other Canadian entities. Please click on the following links to access the reports.

 

LWF Annual Report

WCC Annual Review

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory

Twice a year, spring and fall, the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes the latest edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory. The Directory provides west-to-east, province-by-province listings for Waterloo Ministries - communities where Anglicans and Lutherans are participating in God's mission together. The listings witness to the possibilities for local full-communion expression and assist Anglican and Lutheran communities to learn from and to support one another. The spring edition is now available here.

 

Arusha Call to Discipleship

In 2018, the World Council of Churches published the Arusha Call to Discipleship at the conclusion of the WCC's Conference on World Mission and Evangelism which met in Arusha, Tanzania, in March 2018. More than one thousand participants, all of whom are engaged in mission and evangelism - gathered from many different Christian traditions and from every part of the world including Canada. The Arusha Call sees discipleship as fundamental to a right appreciation for God's mission and for the church's work of evangelism.

 

In March, the ELCIC's National Church Council affirmed the Arusha Call to Discipleship and on the Festival of Pentecost, the leaders of The Episcopal Church in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Anglican Church of Canada and the ELCIC published a joint letter reflecting on the great importance of the Arusha Call to Discipleship. The Arusha Call to Discipleship is available by clicking here.

 

With Passion for the Church and the World: LWF Strategy 2019-2024

The Lutheran World Federation recently released With Passion for the Church and the World which sets out the strategic priorities for the coming years. The priorities are (1) supporting churches' presence and vibrant witness in the world and (2) promoting human dignity, justice and peace. The full text is available for download here. The Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, will be with us at our 2019 National Convention.

 

Where There's A Will...

How recently have you updated your will? Your will is not just a legal document, it is a testament to your values and priorities. Remember the church and other organizations in your will, offering your lifelong support of those important ministries. Would you like help on how to include the church in your will? Please call or email Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the Bishop, Resource Generation at 204-984-9172, tgallop@elcic.ca.

8. Schools and Seminaries

Martin Luther University College Updates: Stay Connected!

Luther Waterloo has launched Stay Connected. The school's program for staying connected with alumni, donors, and friends throughout the community. "The school has formed so many warm relationships with people throughout the years, " says Mark Harris, Luther's principal-dean. "Stay Connected is our way of making it easier to stay in touch with our alumni and donors; our friends and colleagues at Wilfrid Laurier University; and friends throughout the church community and borader region." The initiative includes:

 

              early summer

 

To subscribe to Luther Alumni News, the Luther monthly newsletter, or the school's upcoming events announcements, send a note to stayconnected@luther.wlu.ca .

 

Luther College Residence - Meals, Laundry and Lifelong Friendships Included

 

 

Our all-inclusive Residence Plans include fully-furnished, single room accommodation (with all utilities, free wfi, local phone service, and unlimited laundry machine use) and meal plan (five plans to choose from). Meals are provided in our all-you-care-to-eat Luther Cafeteria which prepared nutritious home-cooked meals daily, and students can request a bagged lunch/supper if they are on the go.

 

The Luther College Residence provides hassle-free, comprehensive service, flexibility and top-quality services at competitive rates. SPECIAL OFFER: Apply today and save $1,000 off your residence fees!

 

For more information, call 1-306-206-2117.

Email: recruitment@luthercollege.edu, or visit www.luthercollege.edu/residence

 

A New Path for Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) Saskatoon has chosen a new home. It will share the Lutheran Campus Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon with Lutheran Campus Ministry. This building is located at 1302 College Avenue, close to the heart of the University and across the street from two of its friends: St. Andrew's College and St. Thomas More College. To read the full news release, please click here.

9. Tell Your Story

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