1. National Convention

2. Treasurer's Info Booklet

3. ELCIC Events


5. Effective Partnerships

6. Word and Sacrament

7. Compassionate Justice

8. Spirited Discipleship

9. Healthy Church

10. Interfaith

11. Worship

12. Ecumenical & Interfaith

13. EQ-HR

14. CLWR

15. Tell Your Story

16. Resources

Dates for the 15th Biennial National Convention

Donations Sent Outside of Canada

Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions

Events for the Catechumenate

LWF Backstage Pass


Get Involved. Be Inspired.

CLAY Gathering, Right to Water and More

Vocational Sunday

Statement on Quebec Charter of Values

Companion of the Worship Arts and NWC

Waterloo Ministries Directory and More

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

Initiatives, Events, and More

Share your story In Mission for Others

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1. 15th Biennial National Convention Dates Set

The 15th Biennial Convention of the ELCIC will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from July 9 to 12, 2015. The plenary sessions will take place at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton. For preliminary information to the 2015 National Convention, please go to our website and look under National Convention or click here to go to our website.



2. A Reminder When Sending Donations Overseas

Does your congregation send funds outside Canada? If so, you should be aware that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has specific requirements for Canadian registered charities carrying out activities outside Canada. For information on foreign activities, see page A-34 section 9F of the 2014 Treasurer's Information Booklet located on the ELCIC website under Treasurer Resources or click here.



3. Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions

Are you planning some travel across Canada this summer? If you are looking for worship opportunities, check out the ELCIC's Find a Congregation tool.


And did you know that you can also attend one of the many Synod Conventions that are happening across our church this spring/summer as well? Registering as a visitor is a great way to see what's happening across our church! Find out more by visiting the synod websites.


May 2-4: Saskatchewan Synod Convention, Regina
May 29-June 1: British Columbia Synod Convention, Prince George
June 19-22: Synod of Alberta and the Territories Convention, Camrose
June 26-29: Eastern Synod Assembly, Toronto


And don't forget our great national events as well!


July 13-20: Diaconal Ministers Gathering, Edmonton

July 20-23: National Worship Convention, Edmonton
August 14-17: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering, Kamloops


4. NAAC Events to Nurture and Inspire You


NAAC Gathering and Training Institutes for the Catechumenate

The North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) will be holding events that will provide learning opportunities and inspiration to pastors, seminarians, musicians, and lay leaders. If you are looking for ways to help your congregation move from a paradigm of maintenance to one of mission, and from membership to one of discipleship, then check out on the following events!


Reclaiming Our Baptismal Calling: Discipleship in a Post-Christian Culture

(Annual Gathering including a full Catechumenate Training Event)

August 5-8, 2014, University of British Columbia Campus


Go Make Disciples: An invitation to Baptismal Living

(Regional Training Event offered by NAAC)

September 25-27, 2014, St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, VA


For more information, please go to www.catechumenate.org or contact Devra Betts. You may also click on the following links to get more details.


NAAC Cover Letter


NAAC Flyer

NAAC Brochure

NAAC News Release



5. Effective Partnerships


LWF Backstage Pass Brings You Inside Nepal

Offers a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded people to spend two weeks in Nepal to gain an insight into the diaconal work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Participants cover their own costs and make a commitment to raise funds for the work of LWF Department for World Service program in Nepal. For more information and to register, please click here.



6. Study of Word and Sacrament


Word and Sacrament Resources

The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) of the ELCIC's National Church Council has been asked to study the provision of Word and Sacrament Ministry in the ELCIC. The underlying concern is for under-served communities desiring more regular access to a full ministry of word and sacrament. FOD has created a resource to assist members of the ELCIC (1) to explore and discuss the current reality for congregations in Canada with respect to Word and Sacrament ministry, and (2) to reflect on how our Lutheran understanding of Word and Sacrament and of ministry might shape future options for the provision of ministry.


Details of the study together with a Study Guide and response tool are available on the ELCIC website at: http://elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine/default.cfm. The deadline for responses is on Monday, December 15, 2014. The study is designed for small groups wherein conversation and the exchange of ideas and opinions may take place relatively easily. Larger communities could offer more than one opportunity while smaller communities could come together to do the study.



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.


Full Communion Earth Day Statement

National Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz have offered a Joint Earth Day Message. http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=366


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.


Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

Presented by the Canadian Churches Forum
June 23-28, 2014 in Winnipeg

Website: www.ccforum.ca


Expression of Reconciliation

Bishop Susan Johnson presented an Expression of Reconciliation on behalf of the ELCIC at the recent Truth and Reconciliation National Gathering in Edmonton. Read more including the text of her presentation at http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=364


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


Monthly Practice

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://actpalestineforum.org/vigil/


Ecumenical consultation urges elimination of human trafficking

See the article from the World Council of Churches here:



Watershed Discipleship

The Watershed Discipleship program is sponsored by KAIROS and Calling Lakes. This event explores stewardship of creation, responsible resource extraction, indigenous rights, and decision making.

When: Friday, May 9 (6:00 p.m./supper) to Sunday, May 11 (1:00 p.m.)

Where: Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK


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.


Caring for All Creation: Land, Water, Our Natural Community

Caring for All Creation: Land, Water, Our Natural Community is a series of weekly gatherings of the diverse peoples who care about our lands, waters and communities in different ways. The intention is to create a caring community that supports each other in the vital task of seeing, thinking and acting in new ways. The BC Synod is one of the sponsors of this series.

Vancouver: March 4 to May 13, 2014

Victoria: March 3 to May 12, 2014




8. Spirited Discipleship Updates


WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY 2014). Please click here to go to the website.


CLAY 2016 Youth Members for Planning Team needed

The Program Committee for Youth Ministry is looking to add two creative, energetic, committed and responsible youth to the National Planning Committee (NPC) for CLAY2016. If you're between the ages of 18 and 21 on December 31, 2014, have strong organisational skills and a willingness to serve, fill out the application form: http://claygathering.ca/clay-2014-media/npc-2016/


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.


Study Opportunities at LTS Saskatoon

Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon has two upcoming study events:

May 6 -8, 2014 Annual Study Conference

May 19-23, 2014 School of Faith

Go to http://www.usask.ca/stu/luther/ for more information.


Study Opportunity at WLS Waterloo

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary hosts the annual Luther Hostel event from June 2-6, 2014. Click here for more details.


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


Vocational Sunday, May 11, 2014
ELCIC members and congregations are invited to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry. A resource suitable for bulletins was created to assist congregations in celebrating.

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 pgehrs@elcic.ca for more information.



10. Canadian Interfaith Conversation

ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson signed on to the Statement on Quebec Charter of Values (November 2013). Prepared by the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, the statement expresses concern about the proposed charter's effect on religious freedom.


The Canadian Interfaith Conversation has been bringing together senior representatives of the world's faith communities since January 2009; they address together issues of concern for the common good of all Canadians from sea to sea to sea out of positions of deep respect and deep knowledge of pluralism.

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation encourages the Quebec government to reconsider its proposed ban on religious symbols in the public service and encourages harmony, dialogue and insight among religions and religious communities in Canada and with all Canadians.




11. Worship Updates


2014 Call for Nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts

The Companion of the Worship Arts is bestowed on an individual every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality, and the arts.


For the first time in 2014, two Companions will be honoured - one from the ELCIC and one from the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). To learn more about this honour and to find out on how you can nominate, please go to www.newworship.ca .


Register Now for the 2014 National Worship Conference

July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton, AB

The National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of these two churches as well as clergy and laity from other churches who seek to build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that we might serve the world God loves.


Registration is now open!

Register early (until June 15, 2014) and you will enjoy an early bird rate. Student and congregational team rates are also offered.


Need more information?

Please go to www.nationalworshipconference.org to find out more and don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook to get timely updates and join in the conversation!



12. Ecumenical and Interfaith Updates


Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC III) concluded its first meeting since the Joint Assembly in Ottawa. JALC will soon turn its hand to a revision of the Waterloo Ministries Directory. Please click here to read this document.


We are inviting communities where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together to revise their listings or to suggest new ones. Send any updates or new material (following the format used in the Directory) to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at alavergne@elcic.ca


News from The Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offers a regular blog on its website with texts, photos and videos together with regular email news. Subscription to Lutheran World Information is available at the bottom part of the webpage. Click here to view its blog and other LWF information.


News from the World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers a regular news page with texts, photos and videos. An email news subscription is also available to get updated on anything related to WCC. Click here to sign-up for its e-news.



13. One-Day Workshops on Emotional Intelligence


Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God

If you are looking at learning more about emotional intelligence and its practical implications for personal or professional effectiveness, then the following one-day workshops are for you! The outcomes from these workshops may prove to be helpful in your ministry or personal life. All one-day Emotional Introductory Workshops are facilitated by: Roy M. Oswald.


Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm

Lutheran Theological Seminary

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

10014-81  Avenue, Edmonton, AB


Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(place TBD)

Ottawa, ON


To view their full list of workshops, please click here to go to their website.



14. CLWR Updates


CLWR sweater drive update

Thirty thousand of your sweaters for Syrian refugees have been handed out in the Za’atari refugee camp to all who wished to receive one. They are being distributed in bundles of five, in an assortment of sizes (with the option for people to exchange if the sizes don’t fit). CLWR sent three shipping containers of sweaters, two of which arrived in early 2014. The third, which left Winnipeg in February 2014, is now in port in Jordan and the balance of the sweaters will be distributed in September and October to prepare the camp for next winter.


Syrian refugees sign up to receive sweaters. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)


Lutheran World Federation staff member holds a sweater in a storage warehouse. In the background are some bales of sweaters, and some sweater bundles in plastic bags, ready for distribution. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)


World Refugee Day worship resources

CLWR will be lifting up World Refugee Day this June with a worship resource and a free webinar about refugee sponsorship. We will have the resource ready by late May, for use on June 22 (or any other Sunday you find more convenient). The webinar will be scheduled for late June. Watch for more details later this month on our website/emails, or in the June e-communique. If you don’t receive email updates from CLWR and would like to, please contact Jennifer at jennifer@clwr.mb.ca


A woman and child receive supplies in Mauritania. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)


CLWR BC Baling Days

Lutherans in the Lower Mainland are gearing up for CLWR’s annual BC Baling Days on May 12-13, when they will prepare a shipment of humanitarian aid for people in need in Mauritania. The shipment includes quilts and kits donated by Canadian Lutherans through our We Care program. Participating in BC Baling Days is a great way to lend a hand and see what goes into preparing an aid shipment. It’s not too late to get involved. Click here to learn more.


CLWR presents An Evening with Katie Luther

CLWR invites you to An Evening with Katie Luther, performed by Laurel Kelsh Jones. The performance is on Sunday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (The Norm Theatre in the Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard). Admission is free but an RSVP is required. Tickets are available by calling CLWR's Western Office at 1.888.588.6686 or CLWR's head office at 1.800.661.2597. Tickets are limited, so call today! A freewill offering will support CLWR's work for refugee children around the world.


Laurel Kelsh Jones give life to Katharina von Bora Luther, the wife of the great reformer Martin Luther. With history, humour and a powerful faith message, Katie tells of her life, her marriage to Martin, and the power of God's grace in each of our lives today. Laurel's presentation picks up where the "Luther" movie leaves off, and she brings everything full circle. 



15. Tell Your Story

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