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2.    Criminal & Restorative Justice

3.    Reformation 2017

4.    Worship

5.    Canada Lutheran

6.    Compassionate Justice

7.    Spirited Discipleship

8.    Healthy Church

9.    Effective Partnerships

10.  Tell Your Story

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CLAY 2016 and CLAY 2018

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Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Worship Bulletin Covers

New Columns

Winds of Change and Restorative Justice

Right to Water

Faith, Order and Doctrine Update

CCF, CCC,, CLWR and WLS Updates

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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 pgehrs@elcic.ca. 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:

Reformation themes-




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.


Lund Commemoration:


Common Prayer.https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/joint-common-prayer-lutheran-catholic-common-commemoration-reformation-2017


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 in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca.


Helpful links:

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?


We are 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 magazine, including:


  • 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 editor@elcic.ca with your feedback or suggestion. Not a subscriber to Canada Lutheran? Don't miss another issue, email canaluth@elcic.ca to sign up today!



6. Compassionate Justice Updates


KAIROS Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation Petition - Due by October 15

The 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

The 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 communications@councilofchurches.ca


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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