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2.   ELCIC
3.   Women of Faith Fund
4.   Canada Lutheran
5.   Courageous Innovation
6.   Empowered Disciples
7.   Reconciled Relationships
8.   One Body Working Together
9.   Schools and Seminaries
10. Tell Your Story
11. Share These Resources

Bulletin of Reports and Other Updates
Calendar of Events
Approved Projects for 2019
Of Note and Individual Subscription
Skylight Festival and Worshipping Outside
Mutual Ministry Guide and Learning Events
World Refugee Day, Carbon Footprint Guide & 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.

 

Bulletin of Reports - Now Available Online

The Bulletin of Reports is now 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.

 

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 National Convention

The Local Arrangements Committee for the 2019 National Convention is recruiting volunteers to assist during the convention. If you live in Regina and would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email nationalconvention@elcic.ca. Areas where help is needed are the following:

 

  • Registration
  • Information Desk
  • Transportation
  • Ushers
  • Stewards
  • Office

 

Stay Up-to-Date With Our National Convention Updates

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

 

Sign-Up for Countdown to Convention

Another way to keep up with convention news is by sending an email to: info@elcic.ca to subscribe and put Countdown to Convention in the subject line.

 

2. ELCIC Calendar of Events

 

You and your congregation can be informed of ELCIC's Calendar of Events. For a sneak peek of what's coming up and to help prepare you and your congregation for any upcoming events, please click here.

 

3. Announcing the 2019 Women of Faith Fund Recipients

 

The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides annual grants that encourage and facilitate the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others.

 

This year, the Women of Faith Fund received many applications and we would like to thank everyone who applied. The following 28 projects have been approved by the advisory committee of the Women of Faith Fund to receive grants for the year 2019.

 

Happy Hearts Quilters of St. Paul, SK - $1,000

Sewing Diapers for CLWR Baby Bundles, EAST - $500

First Nations Women's Outreach, ABT - $3,500

Hands of Hope Quilters (Year Two), BC - $1,500

Project RED, EAST - $1,000

TLC Knotty Knitters (Year Two), BC - $300

Making Quilts & Comforters for CLWR, EAST - $500

TLC Quilters, BC - $1,000

Masibumbane Sewing Project (Year Two), BC - $1,500

Dresses for Girls, BC - $1,000

Comfort Quilts #2 (Year Two), BC - $1,000

Young Adult Dinners #2 (Year Two), BC - $2,000

Quilts (Redeemer Lutheran Ladies), MNO - $500

CLEVER (Year Two), BC - $750

Ladies United - PA day program for school-aged children, EAST - $2,000

Compassion Cultivating Training, ABT - $1,300

Sunday Lunch at the Urban Mission (Year Two), MNO - $900

Christ Lutheran Church Sewing Group, BC - $950

Transition Kits for the Homeless (Year Two), MNO - $3,500

Dirty Theology, ABT - $4,000

Lutheran Women's Retreat, BC - $1,000

Kate's Place Quilts (Year Two), SK - $525

Women of Grace Quilting for CLWR, BC - $2,000

VBS on the Road, BC - $6,140

Building Compassion Through Equity & Inclusion, ABT - $1,100

The Neighbourhood Table/Good Food Market, EAST - $1,600

Dinner Church by the Lake, EAST - $3,190

Dignity Every Month, BC - $3,108

 

Total projects approved amount to $47,363 from an available $52,650.

 

4. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Help on Of Note

Canada Lutheran creates materials 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.

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 .

 

To read the letter of invitation, please click here.

5. 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.

6. 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-

Racial Justice Online Workshop - June 8, 22

This new Racial Justice program, developed by the United Church of Canada, will take place over June 8 and 22, 2019. For more information, please click here.

 

Canadian School of Peace Building - June 10-14 & 17-21

The Canadian School of Peace Building in Winnipeg, offers several courses each year. June courses include "Indigenous Perspective on Salvation, Repentance, Peace, and Justice." To learn more please click here.

 

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.

 

Webinar on Churches' Engagement for Climate Justice and the Environment for and with Youth

On Tuesday, June 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (EST), a webinar on Churches' Engagement for Climate Justice and the Environment for and with Youth will be held and hosted by the World Council of Churches and UNICEF. The link to register and join the webinar is available by clicking here. Please register by June 6.

 

7. 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.

 

June is National Indigenous History Month

June 11 is the anniversary of the Government of Canada's Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Consider attending local events in your context.

 

Here are a few resources:

Anglican Video: Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Heart

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Prayer for National Indigenous Peoples Day

United Church of Canada Guide: Acknowledging Territory in Worship

 

World Refugee Day - June 20

June 20 is designated as World Refugee Day. Tens of thousands of people around the world take time to recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. For more information, please click here.

 

Helpful Resources:

What Does the Bible Say About Refugees?

This is a quiz meant to help raise awareness on immigration and refugee attitudes. Please click here to begin the quiz.

 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)

CLWR is available to provide support to ELCIC congregations considering sponsoring refugee resettlement. For more information, please click here.

 

Indigenous Orientation Toolkit for Newcomers - Podcast Interview

KAIROS is part of an exciting project being developed in Winnipeg that seeks to foster safe spaces for cross-cultural learning and dialogue, with the primary objective of educating newcomers on Indigenous issues as a precursor to the process of relationship building between communities. Please click here for more details.

 

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.

 

The Call to Faithfully Journey with those who are Dying: A Proposed ELCIC Resolution

National Church Council (NCC) is recommending to the 2019 National Convention that a new resolution on journeying with those who are dying be adopted. The proposed resolution, along with resources for theological reflection and Dwelling in the Word, are post here. NCC invites members of the ELCIC to prayerfully consider these matters.

 

KAIROS Updates:

 

Bill C-262 Needs Your Urgent Attention and Support (the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

 

 

Many of us have voiced support for this bill which, if passed, will establish a legislative framework requiring the federal government to work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to develop a national action plan for implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Join KAIROS in urging senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262. If the bill does not reach third reading in the Senate before Parliament is dissolved when the election is called, it will die on the order paper. Please click here to read more and take action.

 

Watch the Video on Bill C-262

Watch the video on Bill C-262 featuring ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Anglican National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and Dr. Beverly Jacobs.

 

Show Support for an Independent and Empowered Corporate Watchdog

 

 

On April 8, the federal government appointed the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise, but failed to create an independent office with real powers to investigate abuses and redress harms caused by Canadian companies operating abroad, breaking a promise made 15 months prior. Please call your MP today and sign the e-petition hosted by Amnesty International Canada. Please click here to read more and take action.

8. 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 will publish 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.

9. Schools and Seminaries

Martin Luther University College Updates:

 Holy Land Study Tour

 

Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod (middle in dark pink shirt and holding a bottle) with fellow pilgrims at The Holy Land. (Photo credits: MLUC)

 

Sixteen pilgrims including students, faculty and Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod - returned from our Holy Land Study Tour recently. Over two weeks in April and May, they visited religious and historic sites, and worshipped with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. You can view 51 photos on Facebook and Flickr albums. Luther runs the tours every second year.

 

Inside Politics

If you're interested in federal and Ontario politics, John Milloy, director of Luther's Centre for Public Ethics, regularly provides an insider's perspective. Guest columns by the former Ontario cabinet minister, and ex-staffer in the Prime Minister's Office, appear on the news hub National Newswatch and in a variety of Ontario newspapers. Columns on social and economic justice issues written by David Pfrimmer, fellow at the Centre for Public Ethics, also appear regularly on national news media online platforms and on his blog.

 

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.

10. Tell Your Story

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