1. 2016 Youth Gathering Wraps Up & Youth Wanted for CLAY 2018 National Planning Committee
From August 17-21, almost 1000 youth, leaders and volunteers from both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) gathered together in Charlottetown, PEI for several days filled with worship, learning and servant events. Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth (CLAY) participants engaged in the Reformation theme of Not for Sale. The highlights of the event included serving the wider community through servant events on the first day together; being entertained and challenged through the work of the Drama Troupe; singing worship songs together during the Large Group Gatherings; and meeting other youths and leaders from across the country as they learned about the National Youth Project, The Right to Water.The next CLAY gathering will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, hosted by the MNO Synod of the ELCIC and the Diocese of Algoma of the ACC, and will take place in August 2018.
Youth Wanted for CLAY 2018 National Planning Committee
The National Planning Committee for CLAY 2018 is seeking two youth who would like to be part of the planning team! Interested youth can apply by filling out the form found through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018CLAYyouthapplication. Application deadline is October 11, 2016. Youth must be available to attend the first planning meeting in London, ON from Nov. 17-20, 2016. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about being involved in youth ministry and having previously attended a CLAY event is an asset.
2. Be Part of a Network Interested in Issues of Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice
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 Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Paul Gehrs 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
information, please click on the following link:
3. Reformation 2017
Young Preachers Wanted for LWF Twelfth Assembly in 2017
The deadline is fast approaching! The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is offering a young pastor the chance to preach at the Twelfth Assembly at Windhoek, Namibia next year. A Preaching Contest is now open to ordained Lutheran pastors in LWF member churches who were born after May 1984. This sermon will be delivered at the closing worship of the May 10-16 Assembly. The ELCIC has some great young preachers! The application deadline is October 31, 2016. Go for it or recommend this to a friend or colleague!
Promotional Video: LWF Twelfth Assembly Preaching Contest
LWF Twelfth Assembly: Preaching Contest
Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted the The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s themes and goals to commemorate the Reformation. The overall theme is Liberated by God's Grace with 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.
Click on any of the following resources:
Not for Sale! - Youth Gathering- http://www.claygathering.ca/
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!
Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation
In January, 2017, at the
conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the five-session guide,Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation will be released. The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (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 commemoration are being planned using Common Prayer (see next item). Look for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary,
Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg - and there may be others, too!
From Conflict to Communion: http://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-conflict-communion-basis-lutheran-catholic-commemoration-reformation-2017
Reformation 2017 Common Prayer
Here's a terrific resource for you! The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican have invited Lutherans and Catholics around the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. Common Prayer is based upon the themes of From Conflict to Communion. In October 2016, the LWF and Vatican will host an ecumenical Commemoration using Common Prayer in Lund, Sweden, where the LWF was founded in 1947. The Commemoration
will be led by Pope Francis and LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan,
and General Secretary, Dr. Martin Junge.
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 spring or fall study with area colleagues!
Reformation Reflections: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/content/reflecting-131
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 email@example.com.
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage: http://www.elcic.ca/Reformation2017/events.cfm
LWF Reformation 2017 Website: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/
LWF Assembly Website: http://www.lwfassembly.org/en
4. Photos Needed for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers
The Programme Committee for Worship (PCW) of the ELCIC is calling for photographs for the bulletin series for 2016/2017. Next year marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. In that light we are asking for photos of doors. For more details, please click here. Deadline for the first half of the church year is Friday October 7, 2016. Get out your cameras and send in your photos!
5. Canada Lutheran Debuts New Columns
Have you noticed new content in Canada Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCIC?
always trying to bring you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you in
the wider church. We have recently introduced two new areas to the
- In Mission: profiling individuals from all expressions of the ELCIC who are inspiring others with their clear call to mission.
- Of Note:
quick facts, quotes and ideas. Perfect if you just want to have a
quick read and great to save for later when you want to use the links
and information to delve deeper.
Have you noticed these new pages? Have a comment on other areas of the magazine? We want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback or suggestion. Not a subscriber to Canada Lutheran? Don't miss another issue, email email@example.com to sign up today!
6. Compassionate Justice Updates
KAIROS Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation Petition - Due by October 15
petitions continue. KAIROS asks all provinces and territories to make
age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and
Aboriginal peoples' historical and contemporary contributions to
Canada, a mandatory education requirement. The petitions are in
response to TRC Call to Action #62. Download the Education for
Reconciliation petition specific to your province or territory from the
following link: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-petition . For more information on the Education for Reconciliation: Call to Action #62, please go to: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-overview. Please continue to send in your petitions. It's not too late!
Promoting Restorative Justice
Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) serves as a shining
light for restorative approaches to justice and corrections. Learn more
at http://ccjc.ca/. Read the ELCIC statement on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada at http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/CriminalJusticeMotionFINAL.pdf
7. Spirited Discipleship Updates
National Youth Project: Right to Water
Living Justice - Life Giving Waters is a new resource exploring the theme of water through
biblical reflection and activities. It was prepared by the Youth
Council of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF),
ELCIC's partner for the National Youth Project. The resource includes a
challenge to share insights through social media. It will soon be
posted on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Youth/RightToWater.cfm.
8. Healthy Church Updates
To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves
We seek your participation! We need your reflections! The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) is putting the finishing touches on To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. This four-session study is available for download at: http://www.elcic.ca/FaithOrderDoctrine/.
Modelled after the widely-used and much appreciated Study Guide on Word and Sacrament Ministry, To Love our Neighbours As Ourselves affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized, as we seek our place in God’s mission in our world and in a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves concludes with a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD’s September, 2017 word to National Church Council.
Consider making this study part of your congregation’s fall adult learning program and respond to the survey tool at the conclusion to help inform FOD and NCC’s work, our work!
9. Effective Partnerships Updates
Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry is coming to Vancouver this Fall
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.
Vancouver, BC October 17-21, 2016
Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 #1 Road, Richmond, BC
(Registration deadline is on September 19)
Course runs 9 a.m. Monday to 5
p.m. of Friday. Evening activities are on Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday. Program ends at 5 p.m. on all other evenings. Cost is $895
(non-residential program; $100 deposit to confirm registration).
Suggestions for local accommodation will be provided for out-of-town
participants. Bursaries are available. For more information and to
register, please go to http://www.ccforum.ca/duim. Details on future programs are also available on the website.
Faith & Witness: A Podcast Exploring Ecumenism
The Canadian Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Witness are proud to announce the release of Faith & Witness, a podcast exploring ecumenism. Each month we will learn what happens
when churches talk to each other, and about the people who have spent
their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.
Find the podcast on iTunes (and please subscribe, rate, and review) or at http://faithandwitness.libsyn.com/
Share your thoughts with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You're Invited to Be Part CLWR's 70th Anniversary Quilt
This year is our 70th anniversary and you're invited to help us celebrate! Through our We Care program, we're inviting all church groups and individuals to be part of creating an anniversary quilt! Click here to learn how you can contribute to the quilt.
Two CLWR We Care Program containers shipped in August
Fred, a CLWR volunteer, unwraps a pallet. Each bale is marked off on the
inventory list before being loaded into the container. CLWR/E.Paulley
During August, two containers were loaded at CLWR’s Winnipeg warehouse with quilts, blankets, hygiene buckets and items such as toothpaste, soap, toys and sundresses. The first is destined for South Africa and Lesotho and will support groups such as Orphans for Lesotho, schools, and other organizations in need. The second container is being shipped to Swaziland and will support the same partners from Lesotho and South Africa, who are responding to the drought in Swaziland.
Wonder what loading a container looks like? View photos from one of the days on CLWR’s Facebook page.
Seminary Professor Emeritus, Honoured for Research Career
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary congratulates Professor Emeritus Thomas St. James O’Connor on his Distinguished Career Research Award from the Society for Pastoral Counselling Research (SPCR).
“The award reflects the passion and dedication that Tom has demonstrated during his service as a professor and as the previous director of the pastoral counselling program at the seminary for many years,” said Mark W. Harris, the seminary’s principal-dean.
“Our students and colleagues have greatly benefited from Tom’s dedication to the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy,” said Harris. “Passion and original thinking has been the hallmark of his career, and we’re grateful for his past work, continued service with us, and ongoing contribution to this field of practice and research.”
To read the full story, please click here.
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