1. Open Letter from Lutheran, Anglican Leaders addresses situation in Pikangikum
In an open letter, ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, Archbishop
Fred Hiltz, Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, and National
Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and
Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing
solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.
To view this open letter, please click here.
2. National Bishop Encourages Members to Challenge Intolerance and Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites the members of the church, "to consider the richness of diversity which is Canada" and "include prayers for those who suffer for their differences and for the whole human family with whom we share God's image and the fullness of God's creation."
The National Bishop's call for respecting the dignity of every human being comes from concern for the recent tone of national debate regarding the right of Muslim women in Canada to choose to wear the niqab. Bishop Johnson lifts up the declaration of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Welcoming the Stranger, affirmed at the 2015 ELCIC National Convention, which calls for the commitment to "treat the stranger to our community as we would like to be treated, and challenge intolerance."
To read the text of Bishop Johnson's letter, please click here.
3. Appeal Issued to Assist with Syrian Refugee Relief
Photo provided by CLWR
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian
Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) have issued an appeal to support Syrian
refugees suffering and displaced by brutal violence in their country.
"We are asking all ELCIC members to keep Syrian refugees in their
prayers," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "We pray for
their safety and access to shelter and basic necessities. I urge our
members to assist with financial contributions to the appeal and help
support our sisters and brothers."
CLWR, through the support of on-the-ground partners such as The Lutheran
World Federation, is working with Syrian refugees who have settled in
communities in Jordan and Iraq. Funds received for this appeal will go
where most needed to provide basic aid such as clothing, personal
hygiene supplies and food vouchers to people most in need of support.
Funds will also assist with helping refugee children returning to school
by supporting school and classroom rehabilitation and school supplies.
Youth and young adults affected by trauma will be supported through
psychosocial support programs. Donations made between September 12, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government through their Syria
Emergency Relief Fund.
You may make a donation in one of the following ways:
- Donate online: clwr.donorshops.com/product/685132A/syrianrefugeerelief.php
- Make a designated offering (Syrian Refugee Relief) donation through any ELCIC congregation.
- Call CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177
Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to
contribute to Syrian Refugee Relief.
You can also get more information on refugee sponsorship and resources by clicking here.
4. Reformation Sunday and Reformation Challenge
ELCIC churches and congregations are invited to lift up Reformation Sunday during a service held around Reformation Day (October 31). The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has prepared a liturgy for use on this Sunday on Human Beings - not for sale, one of the sub-themes chosen by the LWF for the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. The liturgy can be downloaded here.
The overarching theme, Liberated by God's Grace, guides the LWF and the ELCIC as we move towards the Reformation anniversary in 2017.
Congregations are also invited to introduce the Reformation Challenge to their members during this time. Join with Lutherans across Canada and take the Reformation Challenge as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and demonstrate our excitement for the theme Liberated by God's Grace.
The Reformation Challenge calls us to:
- Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
- Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
- Plant 500,000 trees
- Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
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 Challenge: http://www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge/default.cfm
Register your commitment: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JHG2R8W
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: http://www.elcjhl.org/
5. 2015-16 Stewardship Resources Now Available
The ELCIC National Office
supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available
and distributing an annual stewardship package of resources.
This year's materials are based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.
Congregations should have
received a sample package of materials earlier in 2015. If you didn't
receive a package or would like to place your order, send an email to email@example.com or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177. Further information is available online.
6. Compassionate Justice Updates
Federal Election Resource 2015
ecumenical organizations have prepared a resource for use in this federal
election. It identifies a range of priority issues; offers sample
questions which you can ask about candidates; and provides links to
resources where you can learn more. Directly participating in the
political process through voting is a primary benefit of membership in a
representative democracy. The issues raised here are matters of
concern before, during and after elections. Click here to access this resource.
Imagine Justice Campaign and Art contest
In an effort to encourage communities across the country to join the conversation about restorative justice, the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) posted resources on how to re-imagine justice using art. Resources include 3 audio recordings of talks from a recent conference. Some have chosen to do group artwork in a classroom or Sunday school setting. http://ccjc.ca/rj-art-contest/
Public Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
On October 30-31, 2015, KAIROS will sponsor a public forum on fracking that will take place simultaneously in Vancouver, BC and Moncton, NB.
The goal of the forum is to raise the profile of the social, ecological
and human rights concerns of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
across Canada and to facilitate action regionally and nationally.
Join The 20,000 Homes Campaign
The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement of communities working together to
permanently house 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable homeless people by
July 1, 2018. The campaign is led by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. It offers opportunities to volunteer on with tracking needs, developing housing, educating and doing advocacy.
Participate in Winds of Change Campaign
With the release of the findings of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Canada has been given an opportunity
to rebuild relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Winds of Change is the new campaign by KAIROS to encourage people to
participate in processes of reconciliation. Please click here to find out more.
7. Canada Lutheran - Share Your Story or Photo to Inspire
Every congregation has stories
that others find interesting and sometimes inspire them to try something
similar. You can share those stories and photos with the wider church
by sending them to your synod editor for your synod's pages in Canada Lutheran. The following is a list of our synod editors and their email contact information.
8. Spirited Discipleship Updates
The Next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering will take place on August 18-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Keep posted on updates by visiting www.claygathering.ca .
Call to Spiritual Renewal
with others across the ELCIC striving for a deeper discipleship as we
live out our baptismal covenants. The call to spiritual renewal
includes: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell. For more
information, please visit our website.
9. Healthy Church Updates
2016 National Worship Conference
Details are coming together beautifully for the joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's 2016 National Worship Conference.
The event will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24-27 under the
theme Formation & Reformation: Worship, Justice and God's
emphasis on justice and mission, the National Worship Conference brings
together presenters and participants from across Canada to explore the
worship life of the church. The 2016 keynote addresses will be given
by The Rev. Dr. Bruce Jenneker (Cape Town, South Africa) and The Rev.
Dr. Stephen Larson (New Hamburg, Ontario). Look to the National Worship
Conference website for details.
2016 Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).
Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing
inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through
worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the
National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.
In 2016, the 20th anniversary of the ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be
conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24
- 27, 2016. Look for nomination information on the Companion of the
Worship Arts webpage.
Reformation 2017 - Global Themes
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s
goals which are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2)
to explore our Lutheran identity; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical
commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God's
Grace. Theological reflections for study groups on these important themes are contained in four new booklets available on the LWF's Reformation 2017 website.
Reformation 2017 - Information on Canadian Events
We have started to gather
word of 2017 Reformation Commemoration events which would include a
five-session lecture series in Calgary; an ecumenical worship and
lecture series in Edmonton; a scholarly symposium in Waterloo and more.
If your congregation, community or institution is planning on something
special for Reformation 2017, we would like to hear from you! Please
let us know the five W's (who, what, where, when and why) of your event. If you have any online information
available, please share us the link. We would like to help remind
people of the possibilities, and assist in getting the word out. Please
send your information to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luther Reading Challenge
approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses
on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a significant topic
of conversation and debate. That is where the Luther Reading Challenge
comes in. An assortment of the reformer's writings will be presented
online for everyone to read and to reflect upon. The texts range from
Luther's personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social
treatises to his catechisms and his will. Each text is prefaced with an
introduction to orient the reader. The reading part is just the
beginning. Readers can also participate in online discussions. You
simply have to register! This is a joint venture of The Lutheran World Federation and the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.
10. Effective Partnerships Updates
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Spring 2015 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), 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 a full-communion
relationship. A fresh edition will be coming out in the fall. Please direct additions or revisions to Assistant to the
Bishop Andre Lavergne at email@example.com and follow our ministry on Facebook!
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage "with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing
a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain." The Canadian
churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes:
climate, food, land, peace, poverty, racism and reconciliation.
Resources are being prepared and gathered across denominations and will
be shared in the months to come. A new WCC Pilgrimage website has just been launched.
News from the Global Christian Community
The World Council of Churches
(WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offer regular news from
the global Christian community. News items inform us as to the ongoing
ministry of the LWF and WCC, and provide helpful materials for
congregational study, sermon preparation and timely emphases for the
To subscribe to the Lutheran World Information newsletter, visit the LWF web-site, scroll down to the bottom, enter your information and click Sign-up.
LWF website: www.lutheranworld.org/
LWF on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lutheranworld
To subscribe to WCC's weekly news roundup, click on the following link:
WCC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldCouncilofChurches
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