1.   CLAY 2018
2.   ELCIC
3.   CWA
4.   Stewardship
5.   Canada Lutheran
6.   Reformation Celebration
7.   Healthy Church
8.   Spirited Discipleship
9.   Compassionate Justice
10. Effective Partnerships
11. Seminaries and Schools
12. Tell Your Story
13. Share These Resources

Registration Information
Find A Church
Call for Nominations
Resources and Annual Report Covers
Submissions for In Mission & Subscription Renewal
Commemoration Events
CEP, Interfaith Relationships and More
The Arrival, Diaconal Ministry Course and More
Restorative Justice Week, Study Guide and More
YAGM, WCC and More
Share Your Stories In MIssion for Others
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1. Registration Information for CLAY 2018

August 15-19, 2018
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON

Looking to register your Home Team for CLAY 2018? Registration information is now available! Online registration opens January 15, 2018. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between January 15 and April 30, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $595 per participant.


After April 30, 2018, leaders interested in bringing a Home Team to CLAY should first contact the Registrar to ensure there is still space available. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between May 1 and July 31, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $635 per participant.


The registration fee includes:

  • Programming - all of the activities that take place during CLAY
  • Accommodations in Lakehead University Residence - Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19
  • Meals - three meals per day from dinner on Wednesday through lunch on Sunday
  • Threads threads - aka: CLAY t-shirt
  • Transportation to all scheduled activities during the gathering, if necessary


Watch claygathering.ca for more registration information to come out shortly, including the registration booklet, which includes detailed instructions on how to register!


Specialist Home Team application available now!
Do you know a youth age 14 - 19 who is interested in participating in CLAY in a unique way? Perhaps you know a strong leader who would like to attend CLAY and use their gifts in communication, organization, the arts or technology? Please encourage them to apply to be part of the Specialist Home Team! More information is available at http://claygathering.ca/specialist-home-teams/


Find the online application form here at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpecialistHomeTeams

Deadline is on December 15, 2017.

2. Help First-Time Visitors Find Your Congregation at findachurch.ca

Finding a church can be a daunting task especially for those who have just moved in to a new community. To help first-time visitors find your church,   findachurch.ca makes it easy for anyone to search for your location and contact information.

Have you verified your congregation's information on findachurch.ca recently?

To change or update any part of your congregation's information, please use our online form clickable from the result pages. Simply go to your congregation page and click on to the link Is this your Congregation? Update and Correct which will lead you to the online form. Once your updates have been made, don't forget to click save. To start reviewing and updating your contact information, please click here.

3. 2018 Companion of the Worship Arts Call for Nominations

The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for nominations of the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in recognition of significant contribution of the worship life of the ELCIC at a local, synodical and national level. The honour recognizes the recipient's ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts.

To read the full write-up for the call for nominations, please click here.

4. Orders for Stewardship Resources and Annual Report Covers

The ELCIC National Office supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available and distributing annual stewardship resources. This year's materials are based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.

Congregations are encouraged to place their orders for both stewardship materials and annual report covers soon. Send an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177. To view the resources available, visit: elcic.ca/stewardship .

5. Canada Lutheran Wants To Hear From You

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 is 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 editor@elcic.ca.

Send In Your Canada Lutheran Renewal Orders
Congregations are encouraged to submit their congregational renewals by November 15. This will ensure that your subscription plan is all set up for the new year and that your congregation will continue to enjoy reading this award-winning magazine. Don't delay! Send in your renewals by mail to: Canada Lutheran, 600-177 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5.

For any questions or to set-up a subscription for your congregation, please send an email to canaluth@elcic.ca or call toll free at 1-888-786-6707 ext. 177.

6. Reformation Challenge

We are grateful for your support of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. This bold and exciting initiative, which began just over two years ago has emphasized our collective journey towards the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


(Updates as of October 25, 2017)


Thank you for your generosity in supporting this initiative and please continue to send in your updates on your commitment. You can find out more by visiting www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge.


Looking for ways you and your congregation can get involved? Be inspired by these stories:

Blessing of Seeds and Trees
Planting a Legacy for Future Generations
Congregational Questionnaire Inspires Commitments
Creative Commemoration
From Pine Cones to Planting Trees
Niagara Ministry Area Participates in Year-Long Reformation Challenge Project
From 20 Books to 2 Scholarships
ELCIC Congregation Sets Goals to Engage in Reformation Challenge
ELCIC Congregation Makes Reformation Challenge Missional Priority

New ELCIC Reformation Challenge Video
Get to know the current commitments made by ELCIC members and congregations to the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Watch the full video and be inspired as congregations across our church share how and why they are engaged in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. To watch the full video, please go to http://www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge.

7. Healthy Church


Continuing Education Plan
The ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) can enhance almost any aspect of your mission and ministry goals. CEP funds are available to members of the plan for classes, seminars or conferences that maintain or upgrade skills for ministry and/or employment including theology, worship, teaching, leadership-for-mission, spiritual care, and time management. Funds can also be for intentional learning through individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more information, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/Continuing-Education-Plan.cfm


ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

In July, the ELCIC approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. Perhaps your congregation or community might make it a part of your fall or winter program to meet the people from a nearby synagogue, mosque or temple? If you are greeting people from the local mosque, you might wish to have a copy of the next item as an object of conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are in keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.


Muslim-Christian Relationships
In July, the ELCIC approved a Statement to Muslims in Canada. This document is useful to all who are interested in deepening relations with their Muslim neighbour.


Mapping Muslim-Christian Relationships
The Christian Interfaith Reference Group (CIRG) and the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee (NMCLC) of the Canadian Council of Churches are collaborating to facilitate ways for members of our faith communities to get to know each other, to foster respect and to create opportunities for dialogue and joint action locally and nationally. Together they are working on a project to map the diversity of Muslim-Christian relationships and communities in Canada. Are you involved in some sort of Muslim-Christian effort? If so, please follow this link to participate in this worthwhile project. More information is available from our CIRG representative Pastor Steve Hoffard (steve.hoffard@gmail.com) or NMCLC representative Pastor Tuula Van Gaasbeek (tvangaasbeek@bell.net).


Parliament of the World's Religions
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 faith expression alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. Visit their website at: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

8. Spirited Discipleship Updates

Connecting Conversations: THE ARRIVAL - Our Bishops on Advent
On November 18 and 25, the Lay Academy of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon is providing this Advent program for growing your faith and expanding your knowledge in leadership and service. Additional information on the program and on attendance sites from BC to Ontario, or in your own home, please see the website at: https://layacademy5.wixsite.com/elcicwla

Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality - January 14-19, 2018
Annually, the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offers s course on Diaconal Ministry. From January 14-19, 2018. The course on Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality will be offered. This course may be of interest to those who intend to become candidates for diaconal ministry in the ELCIC and to others with curiosity for history, church leadership and social justice. For additional information please visit: http://deaconesscommunity.org/j-term/


Master of Arts in Theology - An Excellent Choice for Continuing Education
The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is a program of theological studies designed for students not preparing for ordained ministry. Some of the required courses for this program are offered in the evening and during the spring term, making it an excellent choice for continuing or part-time students. For more information, please visit: https://wlu.ca/programs/seminary/graduate/theology-ma/index.html


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6). Resources are now available at: www.weekofprayer.ca.

9. Compassionate Justice

Restorative Justice Week - November 19-26, 2017
This year's theme is Inspiring Innovation. Resource is available from the Church Council on Justice and Corrections. Please click on the following link for more details: https://ccjc.ca/restorative-justice-week/ .


In 2015, the ELCIC Convention adopted a Criminal Justice and Corrections System Resolution. Click on the following link for details:


National Housing Day - November 22, 2017
The ELCIC invites you to pray for safe, affordable and adequate housing for all, and to continue to discern ways that you might address poverty and homelessness. For more information, please visit:


Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying
The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. Feedback deadline is February 1, 2018. Click on the following link for more information: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/.


CLWR: Supporting Rural Women Essential to Reducing Poverty



Canadian Lutheran World Relief believes that supporting the empowerment of rural women is a key strategy in achieving poverty reduction, economic growth and climate change resilience. It is also an important goal in its own right.
Learn more: https://www.clwr.org/news-events/supporting-rural-women-essential-reducing-poverty.

CLWR: How to Create a Forest


A food security project in northern Ethiopia aims to improve the environment, help people adapt to the changing climate and provide short-term relief to those affected by the drought.
Learn more: https://www.clwr.org/news-events/how-create-forest.


16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Violence
The 16 Days begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10 December, Human Rights Day. During the 16 Days, the ELCIC encourages members to pray; to raise awareness through social media; and to renew commitment to ending gender violence.

For more information:
United Nations: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism
Government of Canada: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-en.html
World Council of Churches: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/public-witness/rights-of-children/16-days-of-activism-campaign
Wear orange on the 25th of each month: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/orangeday.shtml

Addressing Issues of Human Trafficking
The Anglican Church of Canada, Full Communion partner of the ELCIC, has recently posted new resources on issues of human trafficking. The video posted there is highly recommended as an introduction and conversation-starter on the importance of these issues. Please go to: http://www.anglican.ca/issues/human-trafficking/.


Let Justice Roll - UN Declaration
Bill C-262 is a private member's bill intended to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Some individuals and faith communities are advocating for support of Bill C-262 in the name of reconciliation. Let Justice Roll is a resource designed to help you understand the importance of the UN Declaration. For more details, please visit:


KAIROS South Sudan Partners Tour Canada During No Mas II, November 25 to December 10

Two South Sudanese women visitors from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) National Women's Programme (NWP) visit Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario, Southern Saskatchewan, Montreal, and Ottawa. The tour will run from November 25th through December 10th to coincide with the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It will highlight the women, peace and security work of the KAIROS Women of Courage Program. For more details, please go to: https://www.kairoscanada.org/south-sudan-partners-tour-canada-during-no-mas-ii.

10. Effective Partnerships

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
ELCIC young adults, ages 21-29, are eligible to apply for the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. YAGM invites participants into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. ELCIC member Nicholas Stienberg has been selected as a YAGM participant for 2017-2018, to serve as a volunteer in Australia. You can learn more about YAGM and how to support young adults on this journey at: www.elcic.ca/Global-Mission/YAGM.cfm


Waterloo Ministries Directory - Fall 2017 Edition Coming Soon

The Spring 2017 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. The directory is revised twice a year. Please forward any additions/revisions for the Fall 2017 edition to Rev. André Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith, at alavergne@elcic.ca. We are especially looking for stories of congregations uniting for ministry.


World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle
Every week, National Bishop Susan Johnson tweets out an invitation for people and communities to participate in the World Council of Churches ecumenical prayer cycle. Care to join her? Please click on the following link:: www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/ecumenical-prayer-cycle


LWF Offers Many Helpful Resources
The Lutheran World Federation offers a great many resources which touch on every aspect of Christian life and ministry. Look for recently prepared items on women in ordained ministry, gender justice and much more. Details: https://www.lutheranworld.org/resource


WCC's Current Dialogue
The World Council of Churches magazine Current Dialogue offers a platform for debate to those within the ecumenical movement who want to build bridges across religious divides and to their partners of different faiths. The journal contains articles on inter-religious dialogue, news about inter-religious events and related WCC consultation reports.


CLWR: Good Steward through Partnerships

Did you know that Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is a great steward of our resources and, as such, is a founding member of Act Alliance, a long-time partner of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and a member of the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition?

Act Alliance was established at the impetus of The Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches and others. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 145 churches and church-related organizations working together in over 100 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organizations and mobilizes some $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid, development and advocacy.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank strives to provide food in times of crisis in the developing world; helps people grow more food to better feed themselves; and provides nutritional support to malnourished people with a focus on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and young children. They also advocate for public policies that enable families and communities to better feed themselves, and look for ways to engage and educate Canadians about global hunger.

The Humanitarian Coalition brings together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. As a joint Canadian effort, the Coalition serves as a single point of contact in times of crisis. In addition to CLWR and Islamic Relief Canada, the Humanitarian Coalition includes such familiar agencies as Oxfam, Care, Plan and Save the Children. These agencies work together to inform the Canadian public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of our response and reduce competition, duplication and costs.

11. Seminaries and Schools

The Rev. Dr. William Harrison Installed As New President of LTS

Photo: Rev. Dr. William Harrison, New LTS President

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. William Harrison was installed as President on Sunday, November 5th at Zion Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson preached at this auspicious event - the first time that an Anglican priest and scholar has been appointed President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon.

Luther College Residence and Scholarships


Apply TODAY to live in Luther College's upgraded and recently renovated residence. Not only will you get a private dorm room including internet, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-can eat meal plan, but you can also choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community and apply for $20,000 in newly established Luther College Residence Scholarships! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.


WLS: Consensus Special Reformation Edition
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary are co-publishing a special edition of Consensus: A Canadian Journal of Public Theology to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the German Reformation. The theme for the special edition is Reformation: Then, Now and Onward. Some of the featured articles include Eco-justice Reformation: Re-imagining Ecumenical Witness in the Context of Climate Injustice; Cruising (with) Luther - Indecent Lutheran Theologies from the South or What makes a Lutheran Theology Lutheran; Luther on Tamar: A Subaltern Response; and Reformation Is Germane To African Women: An African Lutheran Woman Imagination. Faculty at the two seminaries forming pastors for ELCIC synods take turns co-ordinating each issue. As the Reformation edition is compiled, a regular edition of Consensus - featuring scholarship by women of the global south - is also underway. Both editions are to be posted online in November.


WLS: Reformation 500 - Celebrating Public Education
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the German Reformation's beginning, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary will be displaying a specially designed graphic on its social media platforms. The graphic, composed of a Luther rose surrounded by text reading Reformation 500 and WLS celebrates the spark for public education, will be highlighted on the seminary's social media platforms beginning Oct. 31. Among other reforms Martin Luther, and his colleague Philipp Melanchthon, strongly promoted widespread literacy so that every person would be able to read, learn and discern Scripture,- says Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, the seminary's principal-dean. As a Lutheran-based school, we want to not only commemorate the 500th anniversary but to highlight one of the reforms that contributed positively, and significantly, to western civilization. As of Oct. 31st, you will be able to view the new graphic on the seminary's Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts. The seminary will display the new graphic into the New Year.

12. Tell Your Story

Do you have a story to share about the work of your congregation In Mission for Others that you would like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? Send your brief story and a picture to communique@elcic.ca and be featured in an upcoming issue!

13. Share These Resources

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