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2.  CLAY 2018
3.   Church Bulletins
4.   CWA
5.  Canada Lutheran
6.   Reformation Celebration
7.   Reformation Challenge
8.  Healthy Church
9.   Spirited Discipleship
10. Compassionate Justice
11. Effective Partnerships
12. Seminaries and Schools
13. Tell Your Story
14. Share these resources

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Order for 2017-18
Call for Nominations
Submissions
Commemoration Events
Updates
Interfaith, CEP and More
MA in Theology, Call to Spiritual Renewal and More
CAEH, Time for Creation and More
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1. World Food Day - October 16

World Food Day is observed yearly on October 16. The event was established to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty, and to inspire solutions for world change. Below are just a couple of resources to help you participate in observing World Food Day.

Room at the Table

A worship resource for World Food Day is provided by Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). This worship resource is perfect for use on the Sunday following Thanksgiving in Canada (Sunday, October 15), or any time! Prayers, songs, litanies, stories, etc. are all focused on the theme of creating room at the table. To access this resource, please visit: http://foodgrainsbank.ca/product/room-at-the-table/


Chew on This!
On October 17th
Dignity for All will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with Chew on This - a campaign to lift up issues of food insecurity and the need for a federal anti-poverty plan. 

2. CLAY 2018: threads

When: August 15-19, 2018

Location: Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON

Stories are the diverse threads that God weaves together to form the tapestry of our lives. They can be ancient, personal, intimate, and can help us find meaning and purpose. We gather stories from each other and from our surroundings.

 

Join youth from across Canada at threads, where we will learn how to discern our God-given stories.

 

Introducing Rev. Steve Greene!
If you have been to CLAY before, then Steve won't be a stranger to you! You will have seen his passion for God and spoken word, as well as his enthusiasm for youth ministry. In 2018, Steve will be helping weave together the stories we hear and share as we gather in Thunder Bay. Learn more about Steve here:http://claygathering.ca/introducing-steve-greene-clay-2018-storyweaver/.

Call for applications for CLAY band and drama teams!
Deadline: October 13, 2017
Know a young person who is gifted in music or drama? Encourage them to apply to be part of the CLAY band or drama team!
Link: http://claygathering.ca/apply-now-for-the-band-drama-troupe/

3. Order Your Church Bulletins Today

Canadian Church Bulletins is an online bulletin ordering system, supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. With a few easy clicks, you can pick the quantity of bulletins your congregation needs each week, and you can order them for the entire year. The bulletins are shipped directly to your church twice a year. Visit churchbulletins.ca to order today!

4. 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.

 

5. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Submissions

 

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? You could also send it to editor@elcic.ca and we will pass it on for you.

 

 

6. Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Together

Canadian Regional Commemorations

Look for 16 regional Reformation Commemoration services jointly led by a Lutheran and Catholic bishop in addition to one offered at the recent Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Look for events in Coquitlam, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Pembroke, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. Look as well to participate in the Reformation Challenge and any of the many local ecumenical initiatives including conferences, hymn festivals, symposia, tree-planting, pig-roasts, concerts, worship, tours to Germany, and participation in the Ecumenical Expo in Wittenberg.

 

Reformation Order of Service Available Now!

The Lutheran World Federation has published an order of service for use on Reformation Day or on the last Sunday in October, Reformation Sunday. Available in English, French, German and Spanish. The order contains both text and music. The liturgy may be used in its entirety or parts of the order (Eucharistic Prayer, acclamations, etc.) could be inserted into a local order.

 

7. 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!

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.

Reformation Theme Reflections
Here's 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 study with area colleagues!

Helpful links:
Reformation Reflections
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website

Lutherans and Anglicans' Joint Commemoration
The Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee (ALICC) has produced a series of 42 thematic and topical daily devotions suitable for use at any time during the year. Published daily during Lent 2017, the devotions have been collected in a single volume entitled Liberated by God's Grace: Anglican-Lutheran Reflections. Please click on the following link for details: https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/anglican-lutheran-reflections.

8. Healthy Church

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).

 

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

 

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, affords people 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/

 

9. 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

Call to Spiritual Renewal for Communities
Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell.
As you begin the new fall season, check out some ideas for how individuals, congregations and communities join in the Call for Spiritual Renewal.
www.elcic.ca/csr/documents/2015SpiritualRenewal.pdf

 

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


10. Compassionate Justice

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. To access this study guide, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/

Reconciliation in the Watershed with KAIROS Canada


Renew your relationship with your local watershed as a pathway towards reconciled relationships with Indigenous peoples. KAIROS presents a series of Reconciliation in the Watershed workshops with local hosts in Halifax (October 14), London (October 14), Regina (October 21) and Guelph (October 28).

This workshop was held on September 16 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. Dorene Bernard, a Grassroots Grandmother from Sipekne'katik First Nation, opened the day with a water ceremony, and presented on a number of issues affecting local watersheds in the region. Participants were guided through a series of images, exercises, and discussion to reflect on the role of the watershed on their identity and daily lives, history of Indigenous peoples and legacy of colonization and industrialization.

These events are made possible by generous support from the Echo Foundation. Learn more about this event and register at: https://www.kairoscanada.org/kairos-reconciliation-watershed-workshop-series-registration-now-open

Let Justice Roll: UN Declaration
This is a new resource to encourage implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It includes:


-A theological reflection.
-Some Frequently Asked Questions about the UN Declaration.
-A guide for visiting your Member of Parliament.
-A guide for banners to declare commitment to reconciliation.


http://elcic.ca/CompassionateJustice/documents/Let-Justice-Roll.pdf 

 

Mining Justice: Open for Justice
Make Canada 'Open for Justice' by enacting an extractive-sector Ombudsperson and facilitating access to Canadian courts for those harmed by the international operations of Canadian resource extraction companies. KAIROS invites you to write a letter to your MP in support of mining justice.

In the 2013 Joint Declaration, the ELCIC committed to supporting Responsible Resource Extraction.http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/JointAssemblyDeclaration2013_FINAL.pdf

CAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness
The National Conference on Ending Homelessness arms policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness. The 2017 conference will take place in Winnipeg from October 25-27. For information, visit: www.conference.caeh.ca

Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food
This conference will be an opportunity for theological reflection and ethical discussion on synthetic biology and food security. November 2-4, 2017 in Toronto. Additional details at: www.councilofchurches.ca/whats-new/futureoffood/.

 

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. http://www.anglican.ca/issues/human-trafficking/
The video posted there is highly recommended as an introduction and conversation-starter on the importance of these issues.

 

National Restorative Justice Symposium

The 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium co-hosted by the Church Council on Justice and Corrections and the Collaborative Justice Program, will be held on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, in Ottawa ON from November 19 to 21. For more information, please visit: www.ccjc.ca.

 

Time for Creation - Thanks for Your Participation

Thanks to everyone who participated in Time for Creation, Season of Creation, and has used worship to lift up our call to work for climate justice. If you have worship resources that you can recommend that might encourage others in their journey with or for creation, please send them to pgehrs@elcic.ca.

 

Compassionate Justice Updates
If you would like to receive periodic email updates on compassionate justice issues please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca
.

 

11. 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 - Spring 2017 Edition

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? Information here: 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

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) invites you to join with Christians around the world during the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. An ecumenical team from the Caribbean region has prepared 2018 resources. The theme "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious Power" (Exodus 15:6) is inspired by the Exodus narrative of crossing the Red Sea and the song of Miriam and Moses. The 2018 theme reflects the Caribbean experience of slavery, colonialism and liberation. The ecumenical worship service and eight days of prayer include themes of human dignity, economic justice and the modern-day slavery of human trafficking, among others. The 2018 Week of Prayer resources (in English and French) are now available here: www.weekofprayer.ca. Print resources are also available by contacting Maria Simakova, Coordinator, Commission on Faith and Witness at simakova@councilofchurches.ca or at (416) 972-9494 extension 23.

 

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 Updates

CLWR responds to devastation caused by Hurricane Irma

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR is accepting donations to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Millions of people are in need of basic necessities including food, water and shelter. Psychosocial, health and employment support will also be needed in the coming weeks and months.
https://www.clwr.org/news-events/clwr-responds-devastation-caused-hurricane-irma

Partnership provides life-changing support for Fort McMurray residents

 

In Fort McMurray, Alberta, the more than $527,500 raised by Canadian Lutherans and others is helping residents as they resettle and rebuild more than a year after wildfires caused widespread devastation in the region.
https://www.clwr.org/news-events/partnership-provides-life-changing-support-fort-mcmurray-residents

We Care update

 

How many quilt squares did we receive for our 70th anniversary quilts? What is Goals for Kids? Where is our We Care Coordinator travelling to in October? Find out in our latest We Care update.
https://www.clwr.org/news-events/we-care-update


12. Seminaries and Schools

 

An Invitation to the Installation Service of New LTS President

 

          

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

 

Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is pleased to announce the Installation Service for the Rev. Dr. William Harrison as President on Sunday, November 5th at 3:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson will preach at this auspicious event - the first time that an Anglican priest and scholar has been appointed President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon.

 

LTS is extending the invitation to all congregations, constituency, and rostered leaders and asks that the event poster be forwarded along with a pamphlet for the event - one in colour and the other in grey scale. Congregations are asked to copy and share the announcement in their church bulletins. Lastly, LTS is asking for your prayers for President Harrison as he begins his ministry and work among us. For more information on this event, please contact Rev. Fran Schmidt, Director of Communication and Development at (306) 966-7846.

 

Luther College Updates

Luther College at the University of Regina - Fall Open House


 

Fall Open House

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Learn about our programs, tour our campus, win prizes, & have the opportunity to be admitted to the UofR (including Luther College) that day for a discounted application fee!
Also, stay-a-night for FREE in the Luther College Residence & apply-on-the-spot to Luther College Residence to be eligible for up to $1,000 in residence discounts!

2017 Luther Lecture - Reframing the Reformation: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World

 

2017 Luther Lecture

Monday, October 30, 2017
7:30 p.m.


In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, a free lecture on "Reforming the Reformation: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World" will take place on October 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at the Rex Schneider Auditorium, Luther College at the University of Regina. Dr. Nicholas Terpstra, Professor of History at the University of Toronto will be the featured presenter. Complimentary parking will be provided at Lot 13M and a reception will take place following the lecture. For more Information including a link to stream the lecture live, please go to: www.luthercollege.edu/luther-lecture.


Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Updates

New students welcomed this fall

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary welcomed more than 160 new and returning students to school this fall. They are enrolled in the undergraduate honours program BA in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship; and in graduate programs: Master of Divinity; MA in Theology (fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, and Public Faith and Spirituality); PhD in Human Relationships (fields in Pastoral Leadership and Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy); as well as in the graduate diploma in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. For details about academic programs, please visit seminary.wlu.ca and to see the students' smiling faces, view the seminary's monthly newsletter.

Reform Capital Campaign

 

Pledges to the Reform Capital Campaign is here to raise $1.5 million toward Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's $9-million renewal and modernization project, have topped $1.1 million. "We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made a donation to help upgrade the school for students today and in future generations," says Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, the seminary's principal-dean. But while the response has been impressive to date, there is still a long way to go before meeting the goal, Harris adds. "Our campaign coach, whom we've hired to lead us through the fundraising process, assures me that the last portion will be the most difficult to raise," Harris says. So during October the seminary is making a concerted effort to inform parishioners, pastors and alumni throughout the Eastern Synod about the campaign and is inviting them to participate. As a result, the school is forgoing its annual general appeal during Advent. For more information on the renovation and fundraising effort, visit reformcapitalcampaign.ca

13. Tell Your Story

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