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A New Name for a New Era

The Atlantic Great Lakes Synod is the recommended name for the new synodical expression that will be constituted in 2014.

The Eastern Synod Council considered the question of the new name in the context of a weekend of work arising from the ELCIC Structural Renewal process which was endorsed at the 2011 ELCIC Convention.

Survey Shows 70.5 Million Members in LWF-Affiliated Churches

Survey Shows 70.5 Million Members in LWF-Affiliated Churches
Slight Increase Globally with Growth in Africa and Asia


GENEVA, 14 March 2012 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches continued to show slight growth globally in 2011, according to statistics gathered by the LWF Communion Office.

The 145 churches belonging to the LWF, ten recognized congregations and one recognized council in 79 countries had a combined total of 70,514,046 members,an increase of 205,752 or 0.3 percent over the previous year.

From a Tent in Cattle County -LWF Worker coordinates Relief Work in Jonglei State, South Sudan

"A wave of cattle raids in Jonglei State had left hundreds of people dead and thousands more homeless. The LWF response to those affected by the violence was in full swing, and Mading left Juba the next day for Bor, Jonglei’s capital, to help coordinate emergency operations on behalf of the ACT Alliance, of which the LWF is a founding member."

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ELCIC Members are Ambassadors for Christ: In Mission for Others

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are Ambassadors for Christ: In Mission for Others, says National Bishop Susan Johnson. In a letter to the church, Bishop Johnson thanks members of the church for their commitment and participation in the ELCIC Praise Appeal as it enables the church to be a witness in the world, responding in mission and ministry.

Message from Bishop Susan Johnson

Dear Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada:

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

This is the year that all five synods will be meeting in convention and will be considering next steps in the structural renewal process. Last summer the National Convention approved in principle the outline for structural renewal. Now we will be seeing specifics in terms of implications for synods and for congregations.

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