1. Emergency Appeal for Relief Efforts in Nepal
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief have issued for an appeal to support the work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which has launched an immediate large-scale emergency response with its emergency team already in place in Kathmandu.
"We are asking all ELCIC members to keep the people of Nepal in their prayers, as well as those affected in Northern India and Bangladesh, and respond generously to the need for emergency assistance by donating financially to this appeal," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "Let the words of Psalm 46 hold us together in prayer: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea."
As of the date of this writing, LWF had started distributing tarpaulins, hygiene kits and ready-made food to about 400 families in Kathmandu over the weekend of the earthquake. Along with assessing the situation in remote communities, LWF priorities are now to provide water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as emergency shelter to people who lost their homes or who are staying outside for fear of aftershocks.
The Canadian government announced that for every dollar given to a registered charity for earthquake relief between April 25 and May 25, the government will put $1 into their "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund" which they will then use to fund relief work in Nepal.
- Donate online: http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/231A84F/nepalearthquakerelief.php
- Make a designated offering (Nepal earthquake relief) donation through any ELCIC congregation.
- Call CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Nepal earthquake relief".
To view the full ELCIC news release, please click on this link: Appeal issued to assist with relief efforts in Nepal
2. Day of Prayer for Jerusalem and the Holy Land - Easter 7, May 17, 2015
The ELCIC's National Church Council has designated the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 17 in 2015, as a Sunday to pray for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Our Full Communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada also designates Easter 7 as a day of prayer. The ELCIC partner in the Holy Land is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (www.elcjhl.org). Resources are available at www.elcic.ca/documents/May17.pdf .
3. Justice Tour 2015 - Pray, Engage and Learn
Join the Canadian Council of Churches and Citizens for Public Justice for the eastern leg of Justice Tour 2015 - a series of gatherings of concerned Christians in cities across Canada.
National Bishop Susan Johnson joins Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director, Mennonite Church
Canada, and Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, Canadian Council
of Churches, on the 2015 Justice Tour to engage people of faith in
conversations about poverty in Canada and climate change.
Each stop on the tour includes an intimate listening event in the afternoon. Local faith leaders will brief the delegation on climate justice and anti-poverty work in their area and discuss plans for engaging faith communities. Each evening, a public engagement forum will raise the profile of faith communities engaged on issues of climate justice and poverty. Members of the delegation will respond to public questions. The evening event will also include elements of music, worship, and prayer.
The eastern leg of Justice Tour 2015 will be stopping in
Kitchener-Waterloo, Halifax, Montreal, and Ottawa, May 10-13. Learn
4. 25th Congress of Societas Liturgica - Aug. 10-15
Here is a rare opportunity for those interested in the study of liturgy. The 25th Congress of Societas Liturgica will take place on August 10-15, 2015 in Quebec City. The upcoming Congress will focus on the theme, Liturgical Formation: Traditional Task and New Challenge. Previous Congresses of Societas Liturgica were held in different cities around Europe (and another part of the world) and now, the 25th Congress will be exceptional as it takes on its context in Quebec City. More information and a full discussion of the Congress themes are available here. Non-members are welcome to attend. This Congress qualifies as a Continuing Education event. For inquiries, please send an email to Eric Dyck. To register online, please click here.
In the present context of globalization, and foreseeing the numerous cultural shifts resulting from what many call post modernity, liturgical formation is both a complex and vast issue. Through teaching, research and pastoral ministry, many members of Societas Liturgica are directly engaged with liturgical formation or with the methodological questions behind its multiple meanings. For this reason, the 25th Congress which is to take place in Quebec City will try to consider afresh this fundamental issue as of yet never addressed in previous congresses. To get more information on the Congress Statement and for detailed information about the Congress, please click here.
5. #VocationalSunday Challenge - Videos to Watch
We would like to thank our rostered ministers who shared brief personal reflections on their call to rostered ministry as part of #VocationalSunday. Their videos are now posted on our ELCIC Facebook page or search Twitter under the #VocationalSunday hash tag. Please check it out! https://www.facebook.com/CanadianLutherans.
6. 2015 National Convention
Convention Agenda Now Available
The agenda for the 2015
National Convention is now available online. To view the convention
agenda, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/Bulletin-Of-Reports.cfm
Know the Latest On Our 2015 National Convention
Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2015 National Convention by visiting the website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/default.cfm. Please check back often.
Countdown to Convention
Coming this May, highlights and important information will be shared in a new Countdown to Convention e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to this weekly newsletter
(that will run until the 2015 National Convention), email email@example.com and indicate Subscribe to Convention in the subject line.
7. Canada Lutheran - Share Your Story To Inspire
Every congregation has stories that others find interesting and sometimes inspire them to try something similar. You can share those stories and photos with the wider church by sending them to your synod editor for your synod's pages in Canada Lutheran. The following is a list of our synod editors and their email contact information.
British Columbia: Judy Whaley firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta & the Territories: Colleen McGinnis email@example.com
Saskatchewan: Anno Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario: Rick Scherger email@example.com
Eastern: Liz Zehr firstname.lastname@example.org
8. 2015 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your
partnership in this important ministry! This year, the ELCIC Praise Appeal Theme, Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme for the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace
and it's three subthemes (Creation - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for
Sale, and Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we
participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration. The
commemoration gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the
Reformation and what it means for us now, living as Lutheran people
within the whole body of Christ.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at http://elcic.ca/praiseappeal/2015Resources.cfm and consider making a personal donation to the ELCIC Praise Appeal
(this can be done as a designated ELCIC Praise Appeal offering
through your congregation) or online at elcic.ca and clicking on DONATE NOW.
9. Compassionate Justice Updates
Time for Reconciliation May 29-June 3, 2015
In conjunction with the delivery Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, KAIROS is hosting a Time for Reconciliation event on May 29-June 3 in Ottawa, and inviting people across Canada to acknowledge this moment. For more information, visit this link: http://www.kairoscanada.org/events/time4reconciliation/
There are many ways to participate:
From now until June, KAIROS will increase its Indigenous rights education and relationship building initiatives across the country to help prepare Canadians for the TRC's final report and to lay the foundation for follow-up work.
The ELCIC invites your
congregation to declare its commitment to the stewardship of creation
by registering as an accredited greening congregation. Please click on the following link:
10. Healthy Church Updates
Reformation 2017 Commemoration
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s
goals which are: (1) to strengthen communion among member churches;
(2) to explore our Lutheran identity; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical
commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God's Grace. These themes are described and explained on the LWF's new Reformation 2017 website.
National Church Council will bring a number of Reformation 2017
initiatives and news of related events to this summer's national
LWF's Reformation 2017: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/
2015 ELCIC National Convention:
Luther Reading Challenge
approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses
on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a significant topic
of conversation and debate. That is where the Luther Reading Challenge
comes in. An assortment of the reformer's writings will be presented
online for everyone to read and to reflect upon. The texts range from
Luther's personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social
treatises to his catechisms and his will. Each text is prefaced with an
introduction to orient the reader. The reading part is just the
beginning. Readers can also participate in online discussions. You
simply have to register! The initiative is a joint venture of The Lutheran World Federation and the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. Highly recommended!
Luther Reading Challenge: http://www.lutherreadingchallenge.org/
Lutheran World Federation: http://www.lutheranworld.org/
Institute for Ecumenical Research: http://www.strasbourginstitute.org/
11. Effective Partnerships Updates
2015 Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues
The Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Witness is partnering with the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (PCE) and the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism (CCE) to host the 2015 Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues at the Prairie Centre. It will be offered in conjunction with the PCE’s Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation 2015. Both of these programs are extremely worthwhile. A number of Lutherans already plan to attend and will provide leadership. Details are available at the Prairie Centre website.
Prairie Centre for Ecumenism: http://www.pcecumenism.ca/
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism: http://www.oikoumene.ca/
CCC Commission on Faith and Witness:
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Spring 2015 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is out with scores of changes great and small. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), 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 a full-communion
relationship. Please pray for the JALC commissioners who will convene as this issue of E-Communique goes to press. Please direct additions/revisions to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at email@example.com.
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Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain. The Canadian churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes: Climate, Food, Land, Peace, Poverty, Racism and
Reconciliation. Resources are being prepared and gathered across
denominations and will be shared in the months to come. Canadian participation in the Pilgrimage will be heralded at the WCC’s gathering of ecumenical officers in May.
CLWR: Visit Ethiopia With Us in 2016
Planning is beginning for CLWR’s next Global Encounter, which will take place from January 16-30, 2016. To receive more information on cost and itinerary as it becomes available, or to register your interest in participating in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, please contact Tom Brook at 1.800.661.2597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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