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3.  Reformation 2017 Celebration
4.  Reformation Challenge
5.  National Office
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7.  Healthy Church
8.  Compassionate Justice
9.  Effective Partnerships
10. Seminaries and Schools
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2016 Annual Report
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Commemoration Events
Updates
Church Donations
Call for Nominations
ELCIC, CEP and More
WCC, CAEH and More
LWF, CCC and More
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1. ELCIC Annual Report Now Available

Did you know the ELCIC produces an Annual Report?

The 2016 Annual Report for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is now available.

Read stories about our work as a church and how we respond together to the call to be a church In Mission for Others.

Copies of the publication are available online and in print. Individuals and congregations wishing to order print copies of the publication can request from the National Office at info@elcic.ca. There is no cost to order copies of this publication. A PDF version is available online at http://elcic.ca/About-the-ELCIC/Overview.cfm .

2. National Convention Highlights

The 2017 National Convention of the ELCIC held at the University Centre on the University of Manitoba Campus in Winnipeg, Man. has concluded but information on the convention and highlights, including videos, are now available online at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg/dailyhighlights.cfm .

3. Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Together

Look for events led by Lutheran and Catholic bishops across Canada. Some sixteen or more are planned in Victoria, Vancouver area, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg and elsewhere. This is in addition to a great many local initiatives including conferences, hymn festivals, symposia, concerts, ecumenical worship, ecumenical tours to Germany, participation in an Ecumenical Expo in Wittenberg, and more.

4. 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:

 

Refugees Sponsored: 540

Sponsorships at ELCJHL Schools: 165

Trees Planted: 80,474

LWF Endowment Fund: $150,090

 

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 info@elcic.ca with Subscribe - Reformation Challenge in the subject line.

Looking for ways you and your congregation can get involved? Be inspired by these stories:

 

Blessing of Seeds and Trees
Planting a Legacy for Future Generations
Congregational Questionnaire Inspires Commitments
Creative Commemoration
From Pine Cones to Planting Trees
Niagara Ministry Area Participates in Year-Long Reformation Challenge Project
From 20 Books to 2 Scholarships
ELCIC Congregation Sets Goals to Engage in Reformation Challenge
ELCIC Congregation Makes Reformation Challenge Missional Priority

 

New ELCIC Reformation Challenge Video

Get to know the current commitments made by ELCIC members and congregations to the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Watch the full video and be inspired as congregations across our church share how and why they are engaged in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. To watch the full video, please go to http://www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge.

 

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!

 

Helpful links:
Reformation Reflections
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website

Lutherans and Anglicans' Joint Commemoration
The Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee (ALICC) has produced a series of 42 thematic and topical daily devotions suitable for use at any time during the year. Published daily during Lent 2017, the devotions have been collected in a single volume entitled Liberated by God's Grace: Anglican-Lutheran Reflections. Please click on the following link for details: https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/anglican-lutheran-reflections.

5. Offering Options

If your congregation is interested in learning about alternative methods for receiving donations or if there's any innovative ways that you're already implementing and is working well for your congregation (including ones that didn't work), please help us build some knowledge that can be shared to everyone by calling Kyle Giesbrecht at 204-984-9178 or email at kgiesbrecht@elcic.ca

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 service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts.

To read the full write-up for the call for nominations, please click here.

 

7. Healthy Church Updates

ELCIC Interfaith Relationships
In July, the ELCIC approved Encountering Our Neighbours 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 fall program to meet the people in a nearby synagogue, mosque or temple. If you are greeting people in 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 in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which ELCIC adopted in 2015.

Muslim-Christian Relationships

In July, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada.This document would be useful to any community interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour. Helpful as a token of good will and object of conversation.

 

Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

The ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) can enhance almost any aspect of your mission and ministry goals. CEP funds are available to members of the plan for classes, seminars or conferences that maintain or upgrade skills for ministry and/or employment including theology, worship, teaching, leadership-for-mission, spiritual care, and time management. Funds can also be for intentional learning through individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more information please go to: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/Continuing-Education-Plan.cfm

 

Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey, Switzerland

The World Council of Churches offers 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. Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/continuing-formation

 

Parliament of 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, affords people a rich context in which to explore the astonishing variety of faith expression alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. Visit their website at: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

 

8. Compassionate Justice

Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land
The World Council of Churches offers an online resource
inviting you to meet 12 people with different backgrounds, sharing their hopes for justice and peace in the Holy Land. For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/12-faces-of-hope

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel - September 17-24
During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. For more information and for resources, please click on the following link: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/world-week-of-peace-in-palestine-and-israel

 

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying
The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. Feedback deadline is February 1, 2018. To access this study guide, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/

 

Time for Creation
The ELCIC invites members and congregations to join with Christians of various traditions in making Time for Creation a part of your worship experience from September 1 to October 4, 2017. Please check on the following link from time to time for updates on available resources. http://elcic.ca/Stewardship/Stewardship-of-Creation/default.cfm

 

Let Justice Roll

This is a new resource to encourage implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It includes:

 

A theological reflection

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the UN Declaration

A guide for visiting your Member of Parliament

A guide for banners to declare commitment to reconciliation

 

To access this resource, please go to: http://elcic.ca/CompassionateJustice/documents/Let-Justice-Roll.pdf

 

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. http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/JointAssemblyDeclaration2013_FINAL.pdf

CAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness
The National Conference on Ending Homelessness arms policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness. The 2017 conference will take place in Winnipeg from October 25-27. www.conference.caeh.ca

Chew on This!
On October 17th Dignity for All will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with Chew on This - a campaign to lift up issues of food insecurity and the need for a federal antipoverty plan.

 

9. Effective Partnerships

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory - Spring 2017 Edition
The Spring 2017 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. The directory lists ministries where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together and takes its name from the Waterloo Declaration which saw Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans enter our full-communion relationship. The directory is revised twice a year. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Fall, 2017 edition to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at alavergne@elcic.ca .


Continue to Pray for the LWF Communion
You are invited to pray for the LWF Communion of churches, and for our common calling to participate in God's mission.

LWF Offers Many Helpful Resources
The Lutheran World Federation offers a great many resources which touch on every aspect of Christian life and ministry. Look for recently prepared items on women in ordained ministry, gender justice and much more. Please click here for more details.

Redesigning the Tree of Life - Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) offers an opportunity for theological reflection and ethical discussiion on synthetic biology and food security. An event titled Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food will take place on November 2-4, 2017 in Toronto. For more information, please go to: http://www.councilofchurches.ca/whats-new/futureoffood/

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC)
invites you to join Christians around the world during January 18-25, 2018, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. An ecumenical team from the Caribbean region has prepared 2018 international Week of Prayer resources. The theme - "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious Power" (Exodus 15:6) - is inspired by the Exodus narrative of crossing the Red Sea and the song of Miriam and Moses. The 2018 theme reflects the Caribbean experience of slavery, colonialism and liberation. The ecumenical worship service and 8 Days of Prayer cycle include themes of human dignity, economic justice and the modern-day slavery of human trafficking, among others. The Caribbean authors like the theme of God's deliverance from oppression, and the call and commitment of Christians to work for liberation and justice,with the overarching WPCU focus on the common prayer and the work for the unity of all Christians.

 

The 2018 Week of Prayer resources (in English and French) will be available for download on weekofprayer.ca / semainedepriere.ca on September 1, 2017. You may also purchase print resources by contacting Maria Simakova, Coordinator, Commission on Faith and Witness: simakova@councilofchurches.ca or at (416) 972-9494 extension 23. To read the letter of invitation from CCC, please click here.

 

LutherCare: Seeking for Corporate Board Nominee
LutherCare Communities is seeking 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 more information, please click here. For the application process, please visit their website at www.luthercare.com. To apply, click on "Board Members Needed" in the "What's New at LutherCare" box in the top right corner. Complete the Board Application Questionnaire and submit it along with with your resume to Melody Lewis, LutherCare Communities at 1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0T9 or melody.lewis@luthercare.com.

 

New World Council of Churches Bible Studies
A series of 12 monthly Bible studies inspired by themes related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is available online on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Many of the studies will resonate as significant Canadian issues and themes. To visit the website, please click here.

WCC's Current Dialogue
At the close of the 50th year since Vatican II's declaration on Christian relations with other religions, relations between Christians and Jews, and between Christians and Muslims, are freshly explored in issue 58 of Current Dialogue. Helpful witness for the Canadian context. Available online in PDF at no charge.

 

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
ELCIC young adults ages 21 to 29, are eligible to apply for the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. YAGM invites participants into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. ELCIC member Nicholas Stienberg has been selected as a YAGM participant for 2017-2018, to serve as a volunteer in Australia. You can learn more about YAGM and how to support young adults on this journey at: http://elcic.ca/Global-Mission?YAGM.cfm

 

CLWR: Now the children can bathe

Children in Mokolo East in Boroli, Uganda used to only wash their legs, not their whole bodies. With the nearest well three kilometres away, access to and availability of water was a significant challenge for community members. With the establishment of a new well, the children now have access to enough water to bathe. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2tzZhJG

 

CLWR Sunday 2017 worship resource
The Canadian Lutheran World Relief's CLWR Sunday 2017 theme is Our Common Humanity, which highlights our commonality as God's children as we seek out ways we can work towards a world where people live in justice, peace and dignity. Download the resource: http://bit.ly/2uyu6Q1

 

Join the CLWR team!
We arehiring a Program Manager and an IT Specialist based out of our Winnipeg office. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2uuHRkf

 

10. Seminaries and Schools

WLS: Inshallah Community Choir Update
The spirited Inshallah community choir, a project of the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is headed to Nova Scotia for a brief summer tour. About 65 members will be presenting workshops and participating in celebrations in Halifax, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30. Visit the Inshallah East Facebook page or click here for details. The choir is undertaking the eastern tour, an outreach project of the seminary, partly to celebrate its 10th season; to mark Canada's 150th birthday; and to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Inshallah recently published the songbook Sing the Circle Wide, which features cover art by Deborah Pryce of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lunenburg, N.S. Click here to purchase copies. For more information on Inshallah and the Inshallah Kids choir, visit inshallah.ca

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