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3.   Prayers for the Holy Land
4.   CLAY 2018
5.   Annual Report
6.    Canada Lutheran
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9.   Reconciled Relationships
10. One Body Working Together
11. Schools and Seminaries
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1. National Anglican & Lutheran Worship Conference

The 2018 National Anglican & Lutheran Worship Conference's Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence will take place at the Inn at Laurel Point, Christ Church Cathedral and Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria, BC on July 16-19, 2018. This year's theme - Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song, Presence acknowledges the experience of communities large and small to storms, fires, earthquakes, and violence. How can worship be a community resource and response?

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller will be the presenter and Chad Fothergill will serve as the conference musician. The conference will conduct workshops for musicians, worship planners, presiders and all involved with worship in our communities. Ready to register? Please click here.

2. Studying Luther in Wittenberg - An Invitation to the 18th International Seminar


The LWF Center Wittenberg is inviting member churches of The Lutheran World Federation to its 18th International Seminar. This seminar is taking place in Wittenberg, Germany on November 3-17, 2018. This study opportunity will be led by Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter from the Institute of Ecumenical Reaserch in Strasbourg and Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, St. Paul, USA. The topic for this seminar is "Learning Spirituality with Luther."


To follow the principles of gender balance, the LWF Centre requests that female pastors apply. To find more information about this study opportunity, please read the letter by clicking here. Registration/Nomination forms need to be in no later than May 28, 2018 and sent directly to Tutor of Studies Pastor Joachim Zirkler at zirkler@dnk-lwb.de .


3. Prayers for Jerusalem and the Holy Land - Sunday, May 13

On the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2018, Lutherans and Anglicans are invited to pray for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

4. CLAY Registration Now LIVE

Every two years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) host a national gathering of youth and their leaders. CLAY 2018 will take place on August 15-19, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To register for threads, please click here. General information surrounding CLAY 2018 can be found at: www.claygathering.ca.


The regular rate of $595/participant for registration has been extended! Register today to take advantage of this! After May 15, the registration fee will go up to $635/participant.

Humans of CLAY Theme Song
Over the past few months, you've met some of our Humans of CLAY over social media. People who have been involved in CLAY in the past. People who want to share their favourite moments at CLAY, what they look forward to the most in the months leading up to a gathering, how many gathe rings they've attended, or anything else about CLAY. Our latest Humans of CLAY are the band and drama teams, as well as the production team! Check-out their stories on our website by clicking here and follow CLAY on Instagram @claygathering and Facebook (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering!


Theme Song
The 2018 theme song, O Great Weaver, is now available on the CLAY website at: http://claygathering.ca/threads-theme-song/
Chord and lyric sheets are also available on the site. Listen and strum along as you start to get to know our new theme song!

5. Order Your Free Copies of Our 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is now available. If your congregation would like to get free copies, please send an email to orders@elcic.ca.

6. Share Your Stories and Ideas with Canada Lutheran

Canada Lutheran creates material 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.


7. Courageous Innovation


Public Ministry in the ELCIC: A Preliminary Draft

In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) directed the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry. FOD surveyed recent and historic literature, consulted ELCIC scholars, spent a day with our diaconal community, and in 2016 released a study guide entitled To Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. Since then, FOD has considered responses and has now produced a document which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft. It is an aspirational document.

Bishop Susan Johnson writes: "For the next few months I'm inviting all expressions of the church to review, reflect and respond in particular to the principles and possibilities elaborated in Section 4 and the preliminary recommendations made in Section 5." FOD has requested that Public Ministry in the ELCIC be circulated to the whole church for review, reflection and response:

  • Synods might invite their Council and various committees to give Public Ministry some thought and to respond accordingly.
  • Seminaries and schools might wish to offer ideas from their perspectives in teaching and formation;
  • Deans might gather their Area or Conference networks to study the document and respond from their unique contexts or settings;
  • Bishops, pastors and deacons might pull a local --or Skype or Zoom!-- study together to offer insights from their particular rostered community;
  • Lay folks would be especially welcome to get together and give FOD their input.

Next fall, FOD will take into consideration all responses to produce a final draft of this paper. Material should be sent as an MS Word file in an email labelled "FOD - Public Ministry" c/o alavergne@elcic.ca. Responses are due by Sunday, September 30, 2018.

8. Empowered Disciples

May Is Asian Heritage Month

The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) of The Canadian Council of Churches is inviting churches to reflect on the many contributions of Asian Canadians to church and society in the context of Canada's history of racist and exclusionary policies (such as the Chinese Exclusion Act or the internment of Japanese Canadians). At the same time, discrimination is still faced by Asian Canadians today. How might you, and your church community, mark Asian Heritage Month? Consider using or adapting the thoughtful prayers on page 79 of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.


Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Advanced Study/Grants

What is your congregation's ministry plan? The ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) offers plan members (ELCIC lay employees and rostered ministers) resources for developing knowledge and skills that help your community live out your particular call to participate in God's mission. Continuing education can be done through workshops, classes, retreats, guided groups, individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more details, please click here.


World Day of Prayer - Highlights

Did you or your congregation participate in World Day of Prayer? The ELCIC is interested in your highlights. Send your brief story to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca.


Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism offers an excellent Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. This year's program will be offered on July 10-13 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Saskatoon, and will feature visiting scholars. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both are highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Complete details for this continuing education opportunity are found at: http://pcecumenism.ca/content/program-ecumenical-studies-and-formation-2018 . Early bird registration pricing is available.


Parliament of the World's Religions in Canada

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, provides a rich context in which to explore the astonishing variety of expressions of faith in the world today. The event represents a terrific close-to-home continuing education possibility. To visit their website, please click here


ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

Delegates to the 2017 ELCIC National Convention approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. If you are greeting people from the local mosque, you might wish to have a copy of the next item for conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.


Muslim-Christian Relationships

Last summer, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document has been very well received in the Muslim community, and is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.


Are you already engaged in some sort of Christian-Muslim engagement? Do you want to be part of a community where Canadian Muslims and Christians encounter one another, build friendships, and work together? You are encouraged to participate in the "Mapping Diversity" project! The Christian Interfaith Reference Group of The Canadian Council of Churches is collaborating with the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee to facilitate ways for members of our faith communities to know each other, to foster respect and to create opportunities for dialogue and joint action locally and nationally. For more details, please click here.


9. Reconciled Relationships


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

November 26-30, 2018, Barrie, ON

Five days focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. This session has a particular focus on smaller urban & urbanizing communities. Training is offered by the Forum for Intercultural Learning and Leadership (FILL) of the Canadian Council of Churches. Get more information and register online by clicking here.


CAEH Discussion Paper on Ending Homelessness and the Right to Housing

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) has released a discussion paper on Ending Homelessness and the Right to Housing in response to the federal government's consultation on a "human rights based approach to housing." This consultation provides input into upcoming legislation on the National Housing Strategy, the New Federal Housing Advocate, National Housing Council and the proposed Community-Based Tenant Initiative. To read the discussion paper, please click here.


KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry joined members of Tsleil-Waututh, faith leaders and other people of faith on Burnaby Mountain on April 28 to protest the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In its April 25 statement, KAIROS expresses its profound disappointment with the federal government's decision to support the pipeline expansion. To read more, please click here.


KAIROS Spring Action: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

In 2009, Canada and the other G20 countries agreed to phase out "inefficient" fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. As Canada prepares to host world leaders for the G7 summit in June 2018, we have an opportunity to call on the federal government to demonstrate climate leadership by taking concrete steps to end fossil fuel subsidies. KAIROS invites you to reflect and express your opinion by clicking here.


Addressing Human Trafficking

The Anglican Church of Canada has developed some good introductory information on the issues of human trafficking in Canada, including a 14-minute video. To avail of this information, please click here.

10. One Body Working Together

CLWR: How I Learned to Count to Eight



Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of CLWR , reflects on Ontario Baling Days. To read the article, please click here.


CLWR receives $3.9 million from Government of Canada to support South Sudanese refugees


South Sudanese refugees living in two refugee settlements in northern Uganda will soon experience improved protection and safety, access to healthcare and employment opportunities. To learn more, please click here.

11. Schools and Seminaries


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