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4. Spirited Discipleship

5. Worship

6. Healthy Church

7. Ecumenical & Interfaith

8. CLWR

9. Tell Your Story

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LWF Delegation at the Vatican

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KAIROS Advent Resource and More

Companion of the Worship Arts and NWC

CEP and Discovering the Other Book

WCC 10th Assembly and More

Initiatives, Events, and More

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1. Get Connected Through Canada Lutheran

 

From progressive ministries to practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to people and ideas that will provoke discussion and connect them to their home congregations, the National Church, and our global ministries—helping our members live their lives In Mission for Others.

 

A Congregational Subscription Plan (CSP) to Canada Lutheran is your best way to stay connected. For your congregational subscription, please contact your respective Canada Lutheran representative. For individual subscriptions, please contact Barb Wiebe at canaluth@elcic.ca.

 

 

2. Effective Partnerships Updates

 

LWF Delegation Meets Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis received a refugee's teapot as an invitation to work together for the suffering neighbour. -Photo courtesy of the Vatican Press Office

 

During an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on October 21, leaders from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Roman Catholic Church that makes it possible for churches to strengthen their commitment to the poor and vulnerable. In her role as LWF Vice-President (North America), ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson was a member of the LWF delegation.

"As people who have been encountered by Christ, we are called to accompany the poor and vulnerable. The message of reconciliation entrusted to us turns into the hope for our fragmented world and its yearning for peace with justice," LWF President Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan said in LWF's greeting to the Pope. Younan expressed gratitude for the ecumenical milestones of the partnership with Catholics, including the recent publication of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission's report From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration in 2017.

 

To view ELCIC's news release, please click on this link "LWF Delegation's Audience With The Pope Brings Strong Affirmation of Ecumenical Commitment."

 

 

3. Compassionate Justice Updates

 

Restorative Justice Week is on November 17–24

Correctional Services Canada

The theme for 2013 is Inspiring Innovation. This theme encourages us to share and draw from leading edge examples of restorative justice as an inspired approach to justice. To find out more and on how you can get involved, please click here.

 

Church Council on Justice and Corrections

Please click here to go to their website.

 

KAIROS—The Blanket Exercise Third Edition Now Available

 

 

The new version of The Blanket Exercise (The Indigenous rights history we've never been taught) includes two scripts—one for youth and adults, the other for children and younger teens. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day.

 

Please visit the KAIROS shop to purchase a PDF or print copy. (Charging a small fee helps KAIROS recover some of its costs. If paying is a barrier to you or your group, please email orders@kairoscanada.org). For more information on The Blanket Exercise, please click here.

 

Be Not Afraid—40 Years of Bold Witness for Ecumenical Justice

Canadian ecumenical work for social justice is now 40 years old! You can learn more, tell your story, or host a local celebration by using helpful information found on KAIROS website.

 

Peace Sunday 2013

November is a time of remembrance including those who have died in war. Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) Peace Sunday Packet is intended to help churches plan a Peace Sunday worship service, as well as engage in peace action and witness. Click here to get this helpful resource.

 

Project Ploughshares

Project Ploughshares currently has information regarding Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, F-35 Program, and the Arms Trade Treaty. Go to their website to learn more.

 

November 25 is UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By resolution 54/134 of December 17,1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations, and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

 

On December 20,1993, the General Assembly by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. To find out more, please click here.

 

 

4. Spirited Discipleship Updates

 

Growing Justice—KAIROS Advent Resource 2013

KAIROS has prepared an Advent resource for 2013. Growing Justice focuses on four justice themes—Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo/HIV-AIDS in Africa; International Human Rights/Right Relationship; Ecological Justice; and Justice Discipleship. To get more information please click here.

 

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

CLAY is an incredible gathering of Anglican and Lutheran youth from across Canada. At CLAY, we will encounter scripture in meaningful ways, experience ancient and modern ways of worship, learn together in special interest forums, enjoy fantastic social events, explore Kamloops, make connections with youth from all over Canada and celebrate our life together. For more information and updates, please go to www.claygathering.ca .

 

National Youth Project—Right to Water

Our theme for the 2012–14 National Youth Project is Right to Water. Together, we will focus on water issues in Canadian Indigenous communities. Get Right to Water Activity 3 which explores the meaning of water.

 

5. 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 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 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and one from the Anglican Church of Canada. 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!

If you register early (until June 15, 2014), 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!

 

 

6. Healthy Church Updates

 

Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Long Term Study Grants

Active members of the ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) program are eligible to apply for long term study grants to support advanced studies to help develop knowledge and skills for mission and ministry. Application deadline is on January 15 of each year. To find out more, please click here.

 

Discovering the Other— Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together

What is God's mission? "Simply put," says theologian and field educator Cameron Harder, "God's mission is to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity."

 

Discovering the Other is an introduction to two tools that community builders have found helpful—appreciative inquiry and asset mapping. These tools help congregations see that all of life is saturated by the sacred and give them energy to begin living. To find out more about this book, please click here.

 

 

7. Ecumenical & Interfaith Updates

 

World Council of Churches General Assembly

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) takes place in Busan, South Korea, from October 30 to November 8. The WCC has created an assembly website. Look for a Program Book (an overview of the assembly program, proposed unity statement, and more); A Faith That Does Justice (an illustrated account of WCC activities from 2006 to 2013); and God of Life: Bible Studies on Peace and Justice (reflections the assembly will use in daily prayer and study, with suggestions for use in parishes and groups around the world). Still to come are Hallelujah! Resources for Prayer and Praise (a collection of prayers and songs).

 

The theme "God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace" was inspired by the diversity of Asian contexts and by a growing sense of urgency to care for life and seek justice.

 

Please pray for this gathering of churches. To get more Information on this assembly including various resources, please go to the WCC 10th Assembly website.

 

World Council of Churches: Vision and Mission

Two important documents have been released for the10th Assembly: Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes and The Church: Toward a Common Vision which are both available at the WCC website.

 

Together Towards Life speaks to our common mission as God's people. The Church speaks to the framework out of which God's people engage in that mission. This consensus document is the successor to the famous Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982).

 

Canada's Muslims and Jews

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) participates in two interfaith dialogues sponsored by The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) . The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation and National Muslim-Christian Liaison Committee.

 

Canadian Interfaith Conversation

The ELCIC is represented on the Christian Interfaith Reference Group which is also a work of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The ELCIC is a participant in the newly-formed (2012) Canadian Interfaith Conversation. Here is the Conversation's Charter Vision (2013).

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes a Waterloo Ministries Directory. The directory includes ministries where Anglican and Lutheran communities share facilities, program, worship, ordained or rostered ministers, or where an Anglican or Lutheran community is served by an ordained or rostered minister of the full-communion partner. Revised regularly, the Waterloo Ministries Directory provides province-by-province listings which witness to the possibilities for local full-communion expression and assist Anglican and Lutheran communities to learn from and to support one another. The current edition is now available and is over 50% larger than the last one.

 

To Love and Serve the World

The Anglican Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) has released To Love and Serve the Lord: Diakonia in the Life of the Church. The report encourages the deepening of Anglican-Lutheran engagement wherever possible. Among the recommendations to the Anglican Communion and Lutheran World Federation is to encourage ways to be with one another in decision-making following the model of the 2013 joint meeting in Canada of the Evangelical Lutheran Church's National Convention and the Anglican Church's General Synod. See the report by clicking here.

 

Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC)

The CIC, under the secretariat of the Baha'i community, has completed a Charter Vision to serve as a reference point for ongoing interfaith conversation in Canada. The CIC grew out of interfaith dialogue located primarily in the sphere of the Canadian Council of Churches. The Charter Vision can be viewed by clicking here. ELCIC participants in the CIC include Dr. Tim Hegedus (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) and Pastor Ryan Andersen (Advent, Calgary).

 

Week of Prayer 2014

At the beginning of 2014, we will be in harmony with people around the world as we get involved in the Week of Prayer . Canada is the host country for the third time! Print materials may be ordered by visiting the Canadian Council of Churches website or by clicking here. You can also place your orders by sending an email to order@councilofchurches.ca. Week of Prayer news and events will be shared on the Week of Prayer Facebook page. Hit the "Like" button and invite your friends and colleagues to do the same!

 

 

8. CLWR Updates

 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s 2013–14 Gift Catalogue is Now Available

Looking for unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends? CLWR’s Gifts from the Heart catalogue allows you to honour your loved ones by donating symbolic gifts that make a difference for people in need. Goats, teacher training, irrigation systems and medical kits are just a few of the options available.

 

Audio-visual resources in the form of slides and videos will be available at www.clwr.org for those wishing to promote Gifts from the Heart on Sunday mornings.

 

Your congregation will have received some catalogues. If you need more, please contact CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.661.2597). Alternately, gifts can be viewed and ordered online at http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/giftsfromtheheart.php. (Orders are accepted by mail, phone or online.)

 

Volunteers Needed for Manitoba Sweater Baling Days

Thanks to all who donated sweaters for Syrian refugees! We received such an amazing response! Now, we’re looking for volunteers to help us dispatch the shipment to the refugee camp on November 28, 29 and 30. The work will take place at our Winnipeg warehouse (549 King Edward Street). We’re calling on Winnipeg/Manitoba congregations to gather a team (roughly 12 people) to take on a three-hour shift on one of these days to bale sweaters and load them into the shipping container. If you’re able to help, please contact Patrick at patrick@clwr.mb.ca. More details on our website at www.clwr.org

 

CLWR Christmas Reception

On those same three days (November 28, 29 and 30), CLWR will be holding a Christmas reception at our Winnipeg warehouse that will include a one-time only sale of alternative trade goods (tablecloths, throws, handbags, pillows, jewelry, and rugs). All are invited to stop by! More details on our website at www.clwr.org

 

CLWR-Related Events in Camrose, Alberta—

Reflections from Peru on Our Relationship with the Land—October 31

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Carmelle Mohr of Canadian Lutheran World Relief at Epp Conference Room (2-004), Augustana Campus, Camrose, Alberta starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

CLWR Sunday on November 3

CLWR Sunday worship service at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4102 73rd Street, Camrose, Alberta.

 

We Care Program Presentation on Wednesday, November 6

Presentation on CLWR’s We Care program at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4810 - 50 Street, Camrose, Alberta.

 

 

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