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Annual Reports
Commemoration Events
Order for 2017-18
Call for Nominations
An Invitation
September 17-24
Interfaith, CEP and More
Call for Spiritual Renewal
CAEH, Mining Justice and More
YAGM, Week of Prayer and More
Luther College and WLS
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1. 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/

2. ELCIC Annual Reports Now Available

The 2016 Annual Report for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is now available. Read stories about our work as a church and how we respond together to the call to be a church In Mission for Others.

Copies of this publication are available online and in print individuals and congregations wishing to order print copies of the publication can request from the National Office at info@elcic.ca. There is no cost to order copies of this publication. A PDF version is available online at: http://elcic.ca/About-the-ELCIC/Overview.cfm

3. Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Together

Look for 16 Reformation Commemoration services jointly led by a Lutheran and Catholic bishop in Coquitlam, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Pembroke, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. This is in addition to participation in the Reformation Challenge and a great 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.

4. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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.


7. Time for Creation - Make It Part of Your Worship Experience


The ELCIC invites members and congregations to join with Christians of various traditions in making Time for Creation a part of your worship experience from September 1 to October 4, 2017. A list of resources has been posted at:  www.elcic.ca/timeforcreation/default.cfm

8. World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel - September 17-24, 2017

During the week of September 17 until September 24, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on September 21, people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. For more information, please go the following link: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/world-week-of-peace-in-palestine-and-israel

9. 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.


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/


10. Spirited Discipleship Updates

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.

11. 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/

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 antipoverty plan.


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.



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. 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/


National Restorative Justice Symposium
November 19-21, 2017 On traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, in Ottawa ON more info at www.ccjc.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.


12. 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.


LutherCare: Seeking Corporate Board Nominee
LutherCare Communities is seeking an individual to complete a board term on its 12-member corporate board of directors. The primary function of the corporate board is to provide governance and strategic direction to the organization. For more information, please click here. For the application process, please visit the website at www.luthercare.com. To apply, click on "Board Members Needed" in the "What's New at LutherCare" box in the top right corner. Complete the Board Application Questionnaire and submit it along with your resume to Melody Lewis, LutherCare Communities at 1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0T9 or melody.lewis@luthercare.com .


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: Canadians Come Together to Help Fight Famine


With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the Stop Famine Together joint campaign. Thank you! Please read the full article here.


CLWR: Help Improve Learning Environments for Children


Your support makes safe and healthy learning environments a reality for Jordanian children and Syrian refugee children. Please click here to learn more.

13. Seminaries and Schools

Luther College at the University of Regina - Information Night


Luther College invites you to join us for an information night including information about pre-professional programming (from current professionals!), scholarships, picking a degree, the benefits of registering through Luther, and more.


Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Luther College at the University of Regina (3737 Wascana Parkway)

Register Today! For more information, please visit: https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/admissions/why-luther/luther-admission-and-information-events/luther-college-information-night

WLS to Become MLUC

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary plans to change its name to Martin Luther University College in 2018. Although the name-change has been in the works for several years, and the change has been publicized in newsletters and social media, the seminary recently received approval from the Province of Ontario to proceed with the change.

It seems that everyone who hears about the plan asks, Why?. In short, the word seminary no longer adequately reflects what the seminary has become - and is becoming - as a school.

In an age when weekly church attendance continues to drop, people's interest in pursuing ordained ministry has also dropped. At the same time, interest and enrolment in the school's longstanding pastoral counselling program (now known as Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) continues to grow. Indeed, the majority of students are preparing to serve as counsellors in the community or chaplains in hospitals or long-term care homes. For a fuller list of factors prompting the change, please see the document http://bit.ly/2wxD0Rb

As with any significant change to an institution's name, a new visual identity will be required. The seminary has contracted with a Kitchener design firm to create logos and graphic elements that embody and convey the school's ideals. The new logo, and associated graphics, are to be implemented for the 2018 school year as students are welcomed into a renewed and modernized building following a $9-million reconstruction project. For details on the renewal project, visit the website reformcapitalcampaign.ca

14. Tell Your Story

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