1.   Vocational Sunday
2.   National Convention
3.   ELCIC
4.   Canada Lutheran
5.   LWF
6.   Earth Day 2019
7.   Empowered Disciples
8.   Reconciled Relationships
9.   One Body Working Together
10. Seminars and Schools
11. Tell Your Story
12. Share These Resources

May 12
Updates
Calendar of Events
Feature Article and Subscriptions
Studying Luther - November 2 to 16, 2019
Resources from KAIROS
Mutual Ministry Guide and Learning Events
CLWR, CJP and More
LWF, Job Opportunity and More
MLUC, Luther College and LTS
Share Your Story In Mission for Others
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1. Vocational Sunday - May 12, 2019

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) marks the fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry. ELCIC members and congregations are invited to include prayers for this day. Individuals and congregations play a vital role in leadership formation. In faithful, prayerful community, we can help each other to hear God's call and encourage each other to exercise gifts for ministry. Resources can be found by clicking here.

2. 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 - Available Online Soon

The Bulletin of Reports will be made avialble online by May 27. Delegates are requested to read the Bulletin of Reports in preparation for the upcoming National Convention.

 

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
  • Usher
  • Steward
  • 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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. Canada Lutheran: Parents and Teachers Wanted for a Feature Article

Canada Lutheran is looking for parents and teachers who are willing to be interviewed for an upcoming feature article in the October/November issue about parenting in a digital world. If interested, please send an email to editor@elcic.ca with "parenting in a digital world" in the subject line.

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.caCick here to find out more. If you'd like to discover what Canada Lutheran is all about, please go to www.canadalutheran.ca .

 

5. Studying Luther in Wittenberg - Nov. 2-16

The LWF Centre in Wittenberg is inviting pastors from the member churches of The Lutheran World Federation to attend the 20th International Seminar for Pastors at the LWF Center Wittenberg from November 2 until November 16, 2019. The topic of the seminar will be The Christian and the Political Realm in Martin Luther's Understanding. The seminar will be led by Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter, Strasburg, and Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson, Tokyo. The seminar will take place at the Colleg Wittenberg, a venue right in the centrer of Luther's town. Nomination and registration form is available here. Submissions are due no later than May 31 by email to zirkler@dnk-lwb.de .

To read the letter of invitation, please click here.

6. KAIROS Earth Day Resources

While Earth Day 2019 is officially behind us, KAIROS would like you to consider every day a personal Earth Day. KAIROS produced new resources in honour of Earth Day:

7. 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-

Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning

The Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches is an ecumenical partnership through which Canadian churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally.

 

2019 inter-cultural Ministry Programs include:

  • Manitoba: May 27-31, 2019 (Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, MB)
  • Toronto: June 24-28, 2019 (Toronto School of Theology, Toronto)
  • Montreal: September 20-22 and November 16, 2019 (Villa St. Martin, Pierrefonds, QC)

 

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.

 

8. Reconciled Relationships

 

What Does the Bible Say About Refugees?

This quiz from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service helps raise awareness of immigration and refugee attitudes. Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is available to support ELCIC congregations considering sponsoring refugee resettlement. Please click here for details.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Ask Senators to Pass Bill C-262 (The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, is in second reading in the Senate. The bill will, if enacted, ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration. Join ecumenical efforts to encourage the Senate to pass this bill. For details, please click here.

 

New Video on Bill C-262

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

 

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church's Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. For more details, please click here.

 

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. In light of recent events in Christchurch, New Zealand, here are several items which will 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.

 

Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning

The Forum on Inter-Cultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches is an ecumenical partnership through which Canadian churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally. Through FILL, Canadian churches engage in innovative education and programming; come together for reflection on contemporary issues; participate in dialogue about honouring diversity and God's unequivocal welcome; and networking and support for intercultural ministry. FILL offers an e-newsletter highlighting a wonderful array of programs and initiatives. The most recent issue touched on:

 

  • Building a Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network
  • United Church of Canada Becoming Intercultural Survey
  • FILL Reference Group Update
  • Academic Credit for FILL Programs
  • A Shalom Approach to Poverty in Canada
  • Looking for Intercultural Resources for Sunday School and Teens
  • 2019 Programs
  • Grow Your Intercultural Skills

 

To sign-up for the e-newsletter, please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

9. One Body Working Together

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.

 

LWF Job Opportunity - Representative, Jerusalem

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is currently looking for an individual to fill the position of Representative, Jerusalem. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the LWF program in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and will be based in East Jerusalem. If this interests you and would like to find out more details, and also to apply for this position online, please click here. Deadline for applications is on April 7.

 

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.

10. Seminars and Schools

Martin Luther University College Updates:

 

Inshallah - Signing With Our Neighbours

 

In Photo: Jean Becker

Inshallah, the 130+ voice singing community at Martin Luther University College helped raise more than $4,700 to support Indigenous students at Wilfrid Laurier University during the Singing With Our Neighbours event at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo on Mrch 24. Jean Becker (centre in the photo), senior advisor in Laurier's Office of Indigenous Initiatives and founder of the drum group Mino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak, received a special tribute. More than 400 attended. See more photos on Facebook or Flickr. For more information about the singing community at Luther, visit the website inshallah.ca.

 

MLUC at the ELCIC Convention

 

 

If you plan to attend the ELCIC Convention at the University of Regina in July, feel free to drop by Luther's display table. Whether you know a young person who is checking out post-secondary schools; are interested in a mid-career change or upgrade; or just want to learn what's happening in our completely renewed building, our folks will be able to answer your questions. In the meantime, feel free to visit our website at luther.wlu.ca or contact us at martin@luther.wlu.ca.

 

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 alundry 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 emore information, call 1-306-206-2117.

Email: recruitment@luthercollege.edu, or visit www.luthercollege.edu/residence

 

LTS Updates:

Saskatoon Theological Union - Library Director Position

The Saskatoon Theological Union (STU), which is composed of The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (ESC), Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS), and St. Andrew's College (SAC), with partner, Horizon College, are excited to invite you to join us as our next Library Director. This 0.9 FTE application invitation is being shared during an enriching time in our relationship. As the STU and Horizon Navigate growth, we will be centralising three of our four libraries, moving the LTS collection and integrating the ESC, LTS, and SAC collections. This time of change and possibility excites us, and we hope to find a dynamic Library Director who is energized by the opportunities that arise in a changing context and has an interest in the possibilities that come with such mergers. The Library Director provides support and learning opportunities for students and faculty, and will have a presence at both SAC (where the three merged libraries will be) and at Horizon College, if you feel this is a you and the accompanying job description reflects your gifts and skills, we look forward to hearing from you by May 19th. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2019 and is negotiable. Full job description available upon request: Principal Richard Manley-Tannis, St. Andrew's College. richard.manley-tannis@usask.ca.

 

The LTS Annual Study Conference: Breaking Open the Church

The LTS Annual Study Conference brochure and registration is now available. Under the theme "Breaking Open the Church - Making Space for Reconciliation in the Church," we are pleased to have Bishop Mark MacDonald (first Indigenous Anglican Bishop) as our guest speaker. There will also be a panel discussion and an alumni/donor dinner at University Club. Please make sure to check it out when you click here.

11. Tell Your Story

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