1. ACC, TEC, ELCIC and ELCA: Series of Devotions for Advent
From left to right: The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry (TEC), The Rev. Susan C. Johnson (ELCIC), The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton (ELCA) and The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz (ACC)
The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), The Episcopal Church (TEC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) , participate in an ongoing ministry of ecumenical reconciliation. Over fifteen years ago, our churches’ full communion agreements inaugurated new relationships in which we fully recognized each other “as churches in which the gospel is truly preached and the holy sacraments duly administered” (Called to Common Mission), an achievement that “marks but one step toward the eventual visible unity of the whole Church catholic” (Waterloo Declaration). Our churches and our leaders are committed to working together toward reconciliation - of the church, and of the deepest social ills that plague our world.
It is in this spirit that our church leaders have prepared a series of devotions for the season of Advent, to be used as bulletin inserts. The Lutheran World Federation’s 500th anniversary theme and sub-themes provide a fitting framework: We are “Liberated by God’s Grace” and affirm that “salvation, human beings, and creation are not for sale.” The devotions can be downloaded from the ELCIC website. Our leaders write: “May our prayers united be a modest but hopeful sign of what our churches can do together as we bear witness to the One who first reconciled himself to us.”
The 2016 Advent Devotions are now available. Please click here.
2. To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves
The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) has released To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. To Love Our Neighbours affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we collaborate to uphold God's mission in a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours includes a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape
FOD's September, 2017 word to National Church Council. Make this study part of your congregation's January adult learning program.
To download the Orders of Ministry Study Guide, please click here
3. ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material to Commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
January 2017, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will release joint
material entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation includes
a five-part parish study guide that may be used in individual segments
or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study
session focusing on the Reformation.
To view the news release, please click here.
The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the CCCB.The
Working Group is encouraging Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the
Reformation together. We invite you to knock on your Catholic
neighbour's door and schedule a joint study for five weeks in 2017. Lent
would be ideal! Before and after Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ Reformation commemorations are being planned using the LWF-Vatican Common Prayer. Look for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary,
Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. There will surely be others!
From Conflict to Communion
4. 2017 Canadian Church Calendar
A collaborative project between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, the 2017 Canadian Church Calendar offers a glimpse into the ministry of both churches across Canada and around the world. Engagement in God's mission finds expression each month in vibrant photos with accompanying text telling the stories of how Lutherans and Anglicans, as full communion partners, are responding to God's call today. To order your 2017 Canadian Church Calendar, please click here.
Submissions are currently being accepted for stories of ministry and mission to grace the pages of the 2018 Canadian Church Calendar. To send photographs and story details or for further information, send an email to Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the Bishop, Communications and Resource Generation at email@example.com.
5. Diaconal Ministry Course
Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Sprituality introduces students to the historical, theological and social contexts of diaconal (Word and Service) ministry throughout the church's history and asks how history continues to impact the present. Onsite component is from January 15 to 20, 2017 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Arizona. There will be two online sessions prior to the onsite component. The Deaconess Community pays the tuition for all who take the course. For additional information, please click here.
6. Reformation 2017
Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s Reformation (2017) themes and goals. The over-arching theme is "Liberated by God's Grace" with the three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale!; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale!; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale! The
goals are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to
explore our Lutheran identity; (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment;
and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace. These themes
and goals were prominent in the 2016 Synod
Conventions and assemblies, and were captured in our joint Anglican-Lutheran national
youth and worship gatherings. These will come to life in 2016 Advent devotions and at our 2017 National Convention.
Reformation 2017 Themes
Reformation 2017 Flyer
Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to
give expression to being Liberated by God's Grace through the ELCIC
Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:
- Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
- Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
- Plant 500,000 trees in Canada, Palestine and Ethiopia
- Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
To date ELCIC members have made the following commitments to the Reformation Challenge:
Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!
Reformation Theme Reflections
some great continuing ed material! Theological reflections for study
groups are contained in four booklets which are the work of authors and
scholars from across our global Communion of Churches. Topics include
the migration of peoples (including refugees); climate change; land
expropriation; the prosperity gospel; and sustainable human
existence. These are excellent resources for ministerial study groups
and ecumenical conversations. Consider planning a fall or winter study
with area colleagues!
Information on Canadian Events
We are gathering news of 2017
Reformation events. Find out more at http://www.elcic.ca/reformation2017/ . If your congregation, community or organization is
planning something special for 2017, we would like to hear from you!
Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what's
happening. If you have any information available online, give us the
link! We would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist
getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for
Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website
7. Alternative Contemporary Vespers Courts the Avant Garde While Remaining Traditional
Organists Joel Peters and Adrian Foster composed electro-acoustic settings to the traditional regular psalms and canticles of vespers (Evening Prayer) as indicated in Evangelical Lutheran Worship for a service that took place in Montreal’s Saint John’s Lutheran on October 21, 2016. This was not just another service as the original compositions for the music in Vespers juxtaposed to the traditional Evangelical Lutheran Worship vespers liturgy to make it extraordinary. As the thurifer commented, with a twinkle in his eye, “this was ‘contemporary alternative’ worship.”...
To view the full write-up, please click here. For inquiries about this alternative contemporary vespers music, please send an email to Joel Peters at music@SaintJohnsLutheranMontreal.org
8. Lay Academy Inaugural Session - Nov. 19
The Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC introduces the first 90-minute session of the Lay Academy on November 19 entitled, "Faith and Sport" led by Rev. Tim Le Drew. This interactive presentation focuses on the role of sport in society and how this fits with our allegiance to God and following Jesus.
The unique online format provides the opportunity for multiple sites from across the four Western provinces, to listen and interact with the presenter using learning technologies provided by Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. At each location, a facilitator will lead local discussions and provide feedback to all registered sites and participants. Registration is $25 and payable at the door.
To view the full list of host congregations from British Columbia to Manitoba, please click here.
9. Share Your Ideas & Stories with Canada Lutheran
Canada Lutheran is ELCIC’s magazine that brings you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you to the wider church. This is why we depend on your feedback and suggestions.
If you have a story or idea about how you or the people around you handle life’s challenges and opportunities through faith, share your story. Each article needs to be around 650 words and we pay for them. Perhaps you know of a layperson in your congregation who uses all of their energy, talent and leadership, and that makes them a role model? That’s the kind of person whose ideas we want to share through our In Mission column. Please take the time to let us know about such people and why you think we should interview them. Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
10. Compassionate Justice Updates
2016 National Conference On Ending Homelessness
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) brings to you the 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness to be held at the
London Convention Centre in London, Ontario from November 2 to 4, 2016. For
more information, please click here.
National Housing Day - November 22
November 22 is National Housing Day. Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Fred Hiltz invite members of both churches to pray as a way of living out the Joint Assembly Declaration commitment to pray for affordable housing for all. For more information, please click here.
16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Violence - Nov. 25-Dec. 10
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Vilence Campaign starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. During the 16 Days, the ELCIC encourages members to pray; raise awareness through social media; and renew commitment to ending gender violence.
Government of Canada
World Council of Churches
Wear orange on the 25th of each month
Restorative Justice Week - November 20-27
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) provides links to resources including:
- A comprehensive kit prepared by Correctional Services Canada. Recommended articles are From Harm to Healing: Journey to Restoration after Wrongful Conviction by Jennifer Thompson and A Restorative Approach to Terrorism Offences? by Imam Michael Taylor.
- "Mending the Social Fabric: People of faith and restorative justice."
- a Homiletic resource based on the lectionary.
KAIROS: MMIWG Information Hub
KAIROS has launched a new Information Hub on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) .The goals of this hub include strengthening solidarity and support for victims and their families; being informed about the inquiry; find resources for advocacy and action; and more. To learn more, please click here.
Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Network
The ELCIC is seeking to
create a network of members who are interested in issues of criminal
justice and restorative justice. Network members will receive periodic
updates on resources available and may be invited to give input on this
area of work.
If you are interested in
being part of this network, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to
the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In July 2015, the ELCIC National Convention adopted a Resolution on the
Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada. For more details, please click here.
11. Healthy Church Updates
2017 Protestant Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenberg
ELCIC has been invited to send two representatives to the May 24-28,
2017, Kirchentag which will be held in Berlin and Wittenberg. Billeting
can be arranged but all other costs, including travel, are borne by
the participants. Admission itself is free to church representatives.
Are you interested in this opportunity? Please contact email@example.com. For more information please visit: www.kirchentag.de/english .
A Helpful Online Resource and Networking Tool for Interfaith Groups
The Interfaith Resource Directory is an exciting new grassroots initiative of The Canadian Council of Churches. The Directory is an online resource and networking tool that helps
interfaith groups spread the word and connect with other interfaith
initiatives across the country. Is your community involved in an
interfaith effort? If so, we invite you to participate by adding your
group's information. Registration takes only a few minutes. Questions?
Contact Robert Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Interfaith Resource Directory www.councilofchurches.ca/interfaith-directory .
Share Your Stories On Interfaith Work
The Canadian Council of Churches is seeking to shine a light on the interfaith work being done across
Canada. If you are interested in sharing your story on the CCC website,
contact Robert Smith at email@example.com . The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and the CCC's Canadian Interfaith Reference Group.
12. Effective Partnerships Updates
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2017, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme: "Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us" (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer have two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and, for 2017, is based upon the work of the Council of Churches in Germany. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches. Orders should be placed now for your community’s study and prayer!
2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources
Waterloo Ministries Directory - Last Call
The Spring 2016 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. 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 our full-communion relationship. A fresh edition will be forthcoming later this fall. Please direct additions/revisions to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a 5-day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for
implementation in your own context. DUIM is for Christian ministry
leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in
their communities. Registration is open to anyone who is interested, or
through Canadian Churches Forum partners. For more details on DUIM and future programs, please click here.
CLWR: Responding to the needs of displaced people in Iraq
Your support is helping the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) improve living conditions, provide psychosocial support and build social cohesion for internally displaced persons and their host communities. Learn more.
CLWR: Gifts From The Heart
This Christmas, choose a gift that will save and change lives around the world. Gifts from the Heart catalogues have been mailed to every congregation. You may also visit clwr.org/GFTH any time to choose your gifts online! If you would like to order additional copies, did not receive yours, or would like Gifts from the Heart audio/visual resources, please contact Ellen at email@example.com. Please announce the availability of catalogues in your Sunday bulletin and newsletters.
CLWR: Aid for Agriculture
CLWR has joined with over 30 organizations to encourage Canada to make small-scale farming central to its development program. The Aid for Agriculture coalition recommends that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women. Learn more.
CLWR: Job Postings
CLWR is hiring a Community Relations Director and an Administrative Assistant. For more information, click here.
13. Seminaries and Schools
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Inshallah Celebrates 10 Years With Songbook Launch
"Inshallah - Sing Circle Wide," by Deborah Pryce
WATERLOO - Inshallah, the 130 plus voice choir based at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by publishing Sing the Circle Wide, a songbook of 70 local and global songs. A book launch and worship event is to take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Waterloo, on Nov. 5.
To read the rest of the article, please click here.
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Holy Land Study Tour Info Session - Nov. 8
For many people who have participated in Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s study tours of the Holy Land in past years, exploring the Scriptures and meeting people who are building peace in Israel and Palestine has been a transformational experience. So once again, the seminary is planning to lead a Holy Land Study Tour. The next tour is scheduled for April 30 - May 14, 2017. In preparation, the seminary presents an information session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Everyone interested in learning more about the tour is invited to attend the information session. The seminary is located at the corner of Albert Street and Bricker Avenue, at the southwest corner of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus in Waterloo. For more information contact Dorinda Kruger Allen at 519.884.0710 x.3241 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Please write HOLY LAND STUDY TOUR in the subject line.)
Updates from Lutheran Theological Seminary
Greetings in this lovely fall season, from the staff, faculty and students at Lutheran Theological Seminary! It is a season of change as a new academic year began in early September. We saw several staff changes and we welcomed both new and returning students. Our enrollment has increased: 8 Doctorate of Ministry, 18 Master of Divinity, 1 Master of Theological Studies, 1 Bachelor of Theology, 1 Diaconal Certificate, and 6 Occasional students. We rejoice and give thanks to God for calling these students to study with us. And, as ever, are grateful for the inspiration and wisdom with which our faculty teach and nurture. It is a joy to have an engaged study body, lively conversation in and out of the classroom, to worship and fellowship together.
To read the rest of this write-up, please click here. For inquiries on Lutheran Theological Seminary, please send an email to Rev. Fran Schmidt, Director of Communication and Development at email@example.com .
Luther College at the University of Regina Information Night - Nov. 24
Photo Credit: Ali Lauren Creative Services
Interested in exploring your post-secondary options? Join us at our information night where we will provide information about pre-professional programming, scholarships, picking a degree, the benefits of registering through Luther, and more. Learn how Luther College and the University of Regina could be the perfect fit for you on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Luther College at the University of Regina (3737 Wascana Parkway), Room 100 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, please click here or contact Amy Hunter, Manager of Recruitment, at 306.585.5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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