From February 1-7, 2018, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week. The ELCIC will join with others around the world in this week of reflection and public witness on what it means to be people of faith, regardless of religious affiliation. Being in dialogue with people of other faith traditions enriches our own mission and ministry, and helps us create a climate where we can work together for peace and justice.
I’m sure the vast host of parenting experts would have much to say about my decision to put my tiny, three year old daughter on a 30 year old wooden toboggan and give her a good push down a short but rather steep hill - a hill that emptied out onto a road. Yes, I’m sure the parenting experts would have much to say about that!
Faith in Action:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) lifts up the last Sunday of February as Diaconal Sunday to raise awareness of diakonia (service) as a vital dimension of the church's witness and of rostered diaconal ministry as a valuable expression of church leadership. CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke has written this year's Diaconal Sunday sermon, based on the readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent.
Nurture future leaders of CLWR by contributing to the Intern Support Fund which will be established in Robert Granke’s name to support interns preparing for a future of humanitarian service.
For more information go to https://www.clwr.org/donate/intern-support-fund
Global Mission Sunday - February 4, 2018
On Sunday, February 4, ELCIC Congregations are encouraged to lift up Global MIssion Sunday. Resources will be available online here shortly: http://elcic.ca/global-mission/
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: "Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power" (Exodus 15:6).
Resources are now available at: www.weekofprayer.ca/resources
Bishop Michael Pryse is happy to announce the appointment of the Rev. Christie Morrow to serve as the Eastern Synod Ministry Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry effective January 1, 2018.
Pastor Morrow succeeds the Rev. Joel Crouse who has served in this capacity since 2008. "I am very much looking forward to working with Pastor Morrow in this new capacity. She will bring a fresh new perspective to this important portfolio and to our synod's leadership team!"
Pastor Morrow had this to say in response to her appointment:
In a letter from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz, the leaders lift up National Housing Day and call on the two churches, to reflect on our calling, as Christians, to care for our neighbours and to offer prayers for affordable housing for all.
The full text of the letter follows.
August 15-19, 2018
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON
Looking to register your Home Team for CLAY 2018? Registration information is now available! Online registration opens January 15, 2018. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between January 15 and April 30, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $595 per participant.