Lay Delegates elected:
David K. Winfield
Karen Jean Field
Roger D. Carver
Rostered Delegates elected:
As Canadians observe World Refugee Day today, Winnipeg-based Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is reflecting on its 70 years of refugee support. The organization was founded in 1946 to help resettle refugees from post-war Europe. In its first six years of operation it helped more than 33,000 people start a new life in Canada.
Faith in Action:
The plight of refugees, especially those from Syria, dominated the news earlier this year. Although not currently as visible in the media, there are still 60 million refugees around the world—families who left everything behind to save themselves from war, persecution, or danger. And CLWR is on the forefront of providing care and support for hundreds of these families.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) issues an appeal for prayers and financial support for all those suffering loss due to the wildfires striking northern Alberta and the city of Fort McMurray in particular.
In an Earth Day message from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz and Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, the three leaders commend the Storforsen Appeal to the churches and pray, "for the humility and discipline to use the earth's resources wisely and responsibly; to take action with care for those who will come after us; and to continue to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth."
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #48, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) issues the following statement:
“We are grateful to the survivors, whose courageous witness has touched the heart of the life of our churches.”1 We acknowledge that it is the survivors’ insistence on speaking truth that has brought us to this moment in history, and that has pointed the way to the hopeful and difficult work of reconciliation.
The We Care program is approaching a big milestone! Our faithful supporters have ordered a staggering 99,136 We Care bags and quilt tags since 2005.
The bags and tags accompany We Care kits and quilts around the world. These practical gifts of love have helped people experiencing great need in Mauritania, Liberia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Zambia, Jordan, Mozambique and many other countries. Your dedication has made this program a huge success.