1.     Remembrance Day
2.     Lutherans Connects
3.     Reconciled Relationships
4.     Canada Lutheran
5.     Annual Report
6.     Empowered Disciples
7.     Reconciled Relationships
8.     One Body Working Together
9.     Schools and Seminaries
10.  Tell Your Story
11.  Share Your Resources

100th Anniversary Worship Resources
Advent 2018 Devotions
Restorative Justice Week
Renewal Orders and An Invitation
Place Your Orders
KAIROS, WCC and More
CCC, DUIM and More
LWF, WCC and More
LTS and MLUC
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary Worship Resources

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. This is an opportunity to remember and to pray for peace. The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Canada, and Veteran's Affairs has invited churches to consider joining the "Bells of Peace" initiative: ringing church bells one hundred times at the setting of the sun on November 11, 2018.

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) pastor, Lt(N) Rev. Michael Macintryre, Chaplain of the 3rd Batallion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has prepared worship resources for the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day. Please click here to download these resources.

 

You can also access these worship resources under the top menu tab "Resources" on our ELCIC website.

 

2. Faith in the Night - Lutherans Connect Advent Devotions

Our Lutherans Connect project for Advent 2018 is called "Faith in the Night." From the time of his birth through to the agony at Gethsemane, some of the most significant moments in Jesus' life happen at night. Taking our inspiration from the Luke accounts of the nativity of Jesus, this Advent, we will explore the experiences of biblical figures who are visited by God or request God's presence, find escape and safety from grave danger, or are simply in a place of unknowing waiting - at night. In addition, we will explore contemporary stories of those who wait in darkness for hope and change. How can we experience darkness as an aspect of God? How does God work with us in the dark passages of our own lives to prepare us for transformative change? and to help effect change in the lives of others? Join us daily from December 2nd to December 25th as we reflect together and anticipate a dawn of hope." Bookmark this link: https://lcfaithinthenight.blogspot.com

3. Restorative Justice Week - November 18-25

Resources and information are available for Restorative Justice Week. To find more information, please click on the following links.

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections

Government of Canada

4. Canada Lutheran: Renewal Orders & An Invitation for Contributions

Congregational Subscription Renewal Orders

ELCIC congregations are encouraged to submit their congregational renewals by November 14. 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.

 

We want your contributions

Your synod editor at Canada Lutheran needs your help. Every congregation has special events and special people that Canada Lutheran readers would enjoy reading about. Why not take a moment to have someone write about one of them, take some photos to go with the story, and send your material to the editor of your synod's section? Or send it to editor@elcic.ca and we'll pass it on for you!

5. Order Your Free Copies of Our 2017 Annual Reports

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

6. Empowered Disciples

Light of a Star: New KAIROS Epiphany Worship Resources

The Wise Ones found Jesus, the Light of the World, by following the light of a star. The journey of the Wise Ones and the machinations of a despot king make us think of those who are on the move because of injustice, seeking shelter, seeking work, seeking a better life. Migrant workers are ever hopeful when they land on Canada soil. Can we nurture communities that embrace these seekers? To access this resource, please click here.

 

WICC Grants

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) offers three types of grant programs to empower grassroots projects. Please click here to read the application details and inspiring stories from the recipients.

 

Continuing Education Plan (CEP)

The Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Member Account is available to each individual member to provide funds for registration, tuition, travel and accommodation when engaged in continuing education. The format of a skill-development for mission can be workshops, classes, retreats, courses, guided groups, individual coaching and spiritual direction. For more information, please click here.

 

Addressing Racism and Privilege

Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation is a resource prepared by the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network of the Canadian Council of Churches. At the link provided, the resources can be ordered and some excerpts can be downloaded. Please click here for more details.

7. Reconciled Relationships

Resources for Addressing Human Trafficking

The Canadian Council of Churches has produced a new learning resource on sexual exploitation and human trafficking entitled Sexual Exploitation in Canada. To access this resource, please click here.

 

Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM)

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a five-day interactive program focused on faith, heart, mind and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. It is for ministry leaders and community members nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities.

 

The next DUIM event will take place on November 26-30, 2018 in Barrie, Ontario with a focus on the unique intercultural context of "urbanizing" in mid-to-small size Canadian cities. Training offered by the Forum for Inter-cultural Leadership (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches. Get more information and register online by clicking here.

 

The Call to Faithfully Journey With Those Who Are Dying: A Proposed ELCIC Resolution

National Church Council (NCC) is recommending to the 2019 National Convention that a new resolution on Journeying with those who are Dying be

adopted. The proposed  resolution, along with resources for theological reflection and Dwelling in the Word, are available by clicking here. NCC invites members of the ELCIC to prayerfully consider these matters.

 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on December 10, Human Rights Day. World Council of Churches information can be found by clicking here.

 

Restore: Ending Violence Against Women

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada provides an informative resource against gender-based violence called Restore. This resource talks about abuse and how to respond to it in our lives, communities and churches. For more information and to access this resource, please click here.

 

Holy Land Prayer Vigil - 24th of Each Month

The ELCIC joins people around the world in praying for peace in the Holy Land on the 24th of each month. For more information, please click here.

 

I Care Campaign to Increase Aid for Ending Hunger

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) invites you to let the Government of Canada know that you support increasing the aid budget for ending global poverty and hunger, and that we can be an even more compassionate and generous country. To get more information, please click here.

 

Sign Up for KAIROS Times Newsletter

KAIROS invites you to sign up to receive the KAIROS Times Newsletter via email on a monthly basis. Please go to www.kairoscanada.org and hit the Subscribe button. You will find a variety of options for receiving updates, including Spiritual Reflections, a weekly theological / devotional piece based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings.

 

KAIROS: Supporting the UN Declaration Act

Join KAIROS in urging all Senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. For more information, please click here.

8. One Body Working Together

LWF Updates:

2017 Annual Report

The Lutheran World Federation offers a helpful annual review of the life and work of our Communion of Churches. The 2017 Annual Report is available here.

 

World Council of Churches Updates:

Annual Review

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers an excellent annual review of its life and ministry. To read the latest edition, please click here.

 

Arusha Call to Discipleship

 

                                      Photo credits: Albin Hillert and WCC

 

Earlier this year, the WCC published the Arusha Call to Discipleship or "Arusha Statement." It was issued at the conclusion of the WCC's Conference on World Mission and Evangelism which met in Arusha, Tanzania, from 8-13 March 2018. More than one thousand participants - all of whom are engaged in mission and evangelism - gathered from many different Christian traditions and from every part of the world including Canada. The Arusha Statement sees discipleship as fundamental to a right appreciation for God's mission and for the church's work of evangelism. A very worthwhile read!

 

Current Dialogue

The latest issue of the WCC's Current Dialogue deals with one of the most vexing topics of our times: religion and violence. The journal explores how religion can offer solutions to the common yearnings of pilgrims on the path of justice and peace. This online journal is free to download. Back issues focus on all sorts of ecumenical and interfaith matters always with a keen sense of real-worldly context.

 

9. Schools and Seminaries

 

LTS Fall Newsletter

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) offers its fall newsletter. To view this publication, please click here or visit their website.

 

MLUC: Back To A Renewed School

 

 

 

Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) is welcoming 195 incoming and returning students! They are the first to study under our new name, and the first to experience our completely renewed building. Here's the student breakdown by programs: 16 BA; 10 MDiv; 12 Divinity combined with another degree; 96 MA; 11 General Graduate Studies; 7 Graduate Diploma; 41 Phd: and 2 visiting. The MA field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, continues to be our strongest program. If you're a high school student looking for a university program and community; a fourth-year student thinking about grad studies; someone looking for a career change or professional development; or know someone who is considering university studies, feel free to check out the programs page at luther.wlu.ca

 

Professional Body Recognizes Luther Program

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) recently recognized Martin Luther University College's MA in Theology program, in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Kristine Lund, director of Luther's Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy programs, said recognition by the professional registration body will give students, and prospective students, confidence that the time and effort they spend studying at Luther will provide them with a solid foundation for pursuing registration from CRPO. "Our programs have been well-respected by professionals in our field for quite some time," Lund said. Luther streamlined its master's program to achieve CRPO recognition. "We are delivering the essential courses we always have," she said. "They are simply structured in a clearer, more focused way."

 

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