1. Emergency appeals issued to assist those affected by wildfires in Alberta and flooding in Manitoba
The ELCIC, through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is appealing to its members for financial support for humanitarian aid to assist Canadians displaced by wildfires in Alberta and flooding in Manitoba.
A wildfire, along with strong winds, forced the sudden mandatory evacuation of 7,000 residents of Slave Lake, Alberta, during the early morning hours of May 16, 2011. Similar fires are threatening other communities in the region.
In Manitoba, flooding on the Assiniboine River and in the Interlake region has led to critical situations in several communities. An unprecedented controlled breach of a dike near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, put 150 homes at risk in the hopes of preventing an uncontrolled release that would have put hundreds more at risk.
Further information on the appeals is available online.
1. ELCIC members are asked to donate to the appeals by making a designated offering donation for "2011 Alberta Wildfires" or "2011 Manitoba Flooding" through their congregation.
2. Donations may also be made through CLWR:
- Online at www.clwr.org/donate. In the process of completing the form, you will come to a pull-down menu that allows you to designate a specific project. Choose "2011 Alberta Wildfires" or "2011 Manitoba Flooding."
- By calling CLWR's toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to: CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate in your correspondence that you wish to contribute to the "2011 Alberta Wildfires" or "2011 Manitoba Flooding."
2. KAIROS invites Lutherans to Roll with the Declaration June 14-20
On June 20 people of all ages and backgrounds (including ELCIC National
Bishop Susan Johnson) will gather on Parliament Hill to celebrate the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and press the government and all Canadians to put it into action.
If you can't be in Ottawa, never fear - here are many ways to roll with this action! See www.kairoscanada.org/roll for a full list that includes:
- Making a banner honouring the traditional territory on which your church gathers and expressing support for the Declaration.
- Meeting the trains that will carry the banners to Ottawa and joining in a public event at the station.
- Or, hold a send off event for the banners and anyone riding a train.
- Offering special prayers Sunday, June 19 for right relationship, the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for all gathering in Ottawa.
Check the website for train times, resources, and updates. Or email KAIROS
at firstname.lastname@example.org and get on board.
3. Ask & Imagine
Did you attend the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering in 2010? And/or are you interested in youth leadership development and formation?
Applications are now being received for the 2011 Ask & Imagine program!
Do you know a young person who would love to go?
Thanks to a grant, all travel expenses are paid no matter where you live in Canada. The tuition for the 10 day program including all program fees, transportation, room and board in university residence is $700.00. This year, Ask & Imagine runs from August 13 - 24.
If you know a young person in high school who wants to explore deeper questions, develop their leadership skills and take on a challenge, please tell them about Ask & Imagine.
For further information visit www.askandimagine.org or email email@example.com.
4. Countdown to Convention
In just over six weeks, Lutherans from across the ELCIC will meet in Saskatoon for the 13th Biennial National Convention taking place July 14-17. As we count down the weeks to convention we will highlight what's new, what to watch for, how to keep informed, and news to know in the weekly newsletter Countdown to Convention. Don't miss any of the news - sign up for Countdown to Convention today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate "Countdown to Convention" in the subject line.
The 2011 ELCIC National Convention Bulletin of Reports was recently mailed to all convention delegates who requested a hard copy. An electronic copy is available online for all who which to access the documents.
5. Developing Full Community
The National Youth Project (2010-12) supports the development work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). Express your support for this work through praying, acting, and giving, and through your participation in "One Community" - CLWR's resource which describes the various aspects contributing to the development of a sustainable, full community.
ELCIC donations may be forwarded to the ELCIC National Office. Please ensure all cheques are have "National Youth Project" in the notes field. Additional information is available on the ELCIC Youth website.
6. Resources and Events
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 - Next year's Week of Prayer materials have been prepared by Christians from Poland using the theme "We will all be changed." Find out more by viewing the 2012 brochure.
Register now for Renew, Respond, Rejoice!, a weekend of workshops, worship, service and fellowship in Spokane, Wash. This event is sponsored by Women of the ELCA and will be held July 14-17, 2011. Featured speakers are peacemaker Leymah Gbowee and author Nora Gallagher. For more information, go to www.womenoftheelca.org/triennial.
With Daily Grace, an iPhone app, you'll encounter God's extravagant, boundless and often surprising grace. This free App features daily readings, reflections and prayers along with connections to the liturgical and secular calendars. Go to www.womenoftheelca.org/Apps for more information.
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) works internationally to take action on issues of Food Security and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the UN held high level discussions on issues of HIV/AIDS - further information on these discussions can be found on the EAA website.
The Faith and Wisdom website compiles events and programs for lifelong learning from around the world. The search engine can help you find resources for rostered leaders and other church professionals, and for all who wish to pursue education as Christians.
Circle-M is dedicated to equipping rural clergy and lay leaders to help revitalize rural Canadian communities. Many of its insights are applicable to small congregations in various context. Find out more by visiting the Circle-M website.
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