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  • Have the Homeless become Invisible?

     

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    Have the Homeless become Invisible?
    New York Rescue Mission

    Have the homeless become invisible, asks NY Rescue Mission’s Make Them Visible campaign. This “social experiment” video shows that most people just walk past the homeless, paying so little attention that they don’t even notice if it’s a family member on the street.  Viewers feel an emotional connection to the participants as they process their dismay over how blind they were to even their loved ones.  There is also a shift in perception of the homeless as we think of them as siblings, cousins, spouses and children.  This kind of stunt has gained popularity in social cause video as it provokes thought and cultivates awareness and empathy through vicarious experience.

     

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  • DEEPENING UNDERSTANDING FOR INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY

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    Canadian Churches’ Forum
    Le Forum des Églises Canadiennes

    DUIM program

    6 days focused on faith, heart, mind and skills
    for the art of intercultural ministry

    The DUIM program is a 6 day, interactive, engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. The program 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.
    Individuals preparing for international settings can also register for a 2 day additional “International Personnel Pre-Program”

    Fall series 2014
        Toronto, Oct 3-4, Oct 24-25, Nov 21-22, 2014
        Optional Accommodation available
        Registration deadline September 5, 2014
        Location: Toronto School of Theology
    February 16-21 2015
        Toronto, Monday, February 16 – Saturday February 21, 2015
        Optional Accommodation available (includes breakfast and supper)
        Registration deadline Jan 19
        Location: Scarboro Missions

    To register or tor more information go to:

    http://www.ccforum.ca/duim

     

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  • Get involved with Earth Day!

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    It is always on April 22 (but in the church we will likely want to observe it on April 27 or later). Each year about a billion people in 190 countries act for Earth Day. All around the planet people work to nurture the planet – everything from planting trees, cleaning up their communities to getting in contact with their elected officials—all on behalf of the environment.

    Shouldn’t the church be out in front – taking the lead in honour of the Creator?

    One of this year’s themes: Green Cities, would be an excellent emphasis for our urban congregations. Water and watershed conservation might be a good theme for more rural congregations. The bottom line …

                                                                                   Get involved.

    The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report makes it clear that climate change is already affecting all continents.

    According to the report “We have already experienced many of the negative effects of climate change such as damaged food crops, more extreme weather, melting glaciers, the spread of disease, and rising sea levels that threaten lowland communities.” The report also warns that any future increase of temperature could lead to “abrupt and irreversible changes.”

    The report says the greatest risk is faced by people living in low-lying regions (coastal areas and islands) who are susceptible to storms, flooding, and sea-level rise but people in urban areas are also at risk (inland flooding and extreme heat-waves). Sadly, food production is also at risk because of flooding, drought, and changing rainfall patterns.

    However, the report points out that the consequences of climate change can be reduced with ambitious efforts by governments around the world to cut back greenhouse gas emissions.

    For some additional ideas check out:

    http://www.letallcreationpraise.org/worship-services/earth-day

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  • Victims of Crime AWARENESS WEEK:The Church Council on Justice and Corrections

    The Church Council on Justice and Corrections

      

    SAVE THE DATE

    CCJC will be holding a workshop on

    Tuesday April 8th to mark 

    National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2014

    The workshop entitled

    Acting on faith: The Interplay Between Spiritual, Pastoral Psychotherapy and Victim Trauma 

    will feature panelists from the

    Location and registration information to follow!

    For more information about National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

    visit the official website here.

    The Church Council on Justice and Corrections
    200 Isabella Street, Suite 303
    Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1V7
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  • ELCIC Compassionate Justice Updates

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    #fastfortheclimate – Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate

    ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites church members to join a Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate on the first of each month. This invitation comes from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and is an opportunity for spiritual renewal, compassionate justice and solidarity.

    To view ELCIC’s news release, please click on this link: “ELCIC National Bishop Participates In, Encourages Monthly Day of Fasting For The Climate”

     

    Open for Justice

    The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) has initiated a campaign calling for an extractive-sector Ombudsman to investigate complaints and for legislated access to Canadian courts for people who have been seriously harmed by the international operations of Canadian companies. Additional information including campaign backgrounder and suggested actions are available at the CNCA website. KAIROS is a member of CNCA.

     

    Watershed Discipleship

    The Watershed Discipleship is a program of KAIROS Canada which helps participants to identify the major ecological justice issues affecting where they live, make the connections with Indigenous rights struggles, and explore how they are part of larger Canadian and global struggles for justice. It blends biblical and theological reflection with hands-on environmental experience and social analysis. For more details, please click here.

     

    Justice Camp 2014LAND – Aug 15-21, 2014, Edmonton, AB

    Land, spirituality, and the development of community are all inseparably linked. Justice Camp brings together people from across Canada to learn through active immersion within the communities challenged by social justice issues. To learn more, please click here to go to their website.

     

    Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

    Presented by the Canadian Churches Forum
    February 10-15, 2014 in Toronto
    June 23-28, 2014 in Winnipeg

    Website: www.ccforum.ca

     

    National Youth Project – Right to Water

    Our theme for the 2012-14 National Youth Project is Right to Water. Together, we will focus on water issues in Canadian Indigenous communities. The National Youth Project has committed to provide potable water to one home in the northern community of Pikangikum, ON. Find out more by clicking here.

     

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  • 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal Materials Now Available

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    Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God

    Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal – thank you for your partnership in this important ministry!

    The ELCIC Praise Appeal helps support the work of the wider church. The 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal theme – Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with our God (Micah 6:8) – outlines what God required us to do in a way that is both memorable and compelling.

    Through your gift to the Praise Appeal, you directly enable the mission and ministry of the ELCIC to Do Justice, as we work in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing and responsible resource extraction, among many other important issues; Love Kindness, as we work to support refugees around the world and work in many development and relief programs with our partners; Walk Humbly with our God, through our Call to Spiritual Renewal and our deepening discipleship and learning of new ways to reach out in faith to those around us, and building better relationships with other denominations and faiths here in Canada and around the world.

    Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal/resources.cfm and consider making a personal donation to the ELCIC Praise Appeal (this can be done as a designated “ELCIC Praise Appeal” offering through your congregation) or online at elcic.ca and clicking on “DONATE NOW.”

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  • AIDS/HIV Report – February 2014 – from Margaret Harbinson

    20th  International AIDS Conference will be “Stepping Up the Pace”, held in Melbourne, Australia.July 20-25,2014   http://www.aids2014.org/

    In 2014 the 25th Annual National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS will highlight the contributions of over 25,000 participating congregations over the years.

    Check it out at                www.balmingilead.org or www.nwpha.org           

    Check out the excellent report at Live the Promise HIV and AIDS Campaign Bulletin Oct 2013

    http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/news/single/article/2013/10/08/live-the-promise-bulletin-october-2013/

    Check out new resources

    Living The Promise in All Its’ Fullness   This resource provides an overview of the current status of the HIV epidemic, including many new statistics on treatment coverage and gaps, and highlights why faith communities need to continue to strengthen their response to HIV.

    Untangling the Web from Medicins Sans Frontieres

    http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/documents/s18716en/s18716en.pdf

    A Human Rights Approach to Intellectual Property and Access to Medicine  by Yale Global Health Justice Partnership

    http://infojustice.org/archives/30664

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  • Montreal Lutheran Council response to Bill 60, presently before the Quebec National Assembly.

    Note: The following letter is the response to the the Quebec Charter submitted by the Montreal Lutheran Council. The letter was drafted as a result of a Nov. 28 consultation with 3 presenters and focus discussion questions. The Montreal Lutheran Council did not request intervening status because the Dec. 20 deadline was so short. To view a video production on the discussion evening, featuring presentation by the Rev. Dr. David Pfrimmer, Dr. Jarett Carty and Dr. John-Faithful Hamer, link to: http://vimeo.com/85460344

     

    Montreal Lutheran Council

    57 boul Westpark, Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC   H9A 2J8

    http://montreal-lutheran.org/      ctrpastor@videotron.ca      514-684-1014     

     

    The Montreal Lutheran Council is an association of nine parishes in greater Montreal which are members of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  Lutherans are the third-largest Christian denomination around the world, with over 70 million professing members, who live on every continent, including about nine million in North America.  The Lutheran church is the first church of the Protestant Reformation, which began with Martin Luther (1483-1546). 

     

    On a typical Sunday in Montreal we worship in French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian and English.  Lutherans from a variety of countries, beginning with immigrants from the nineteenth century, have benefitted from the hospitality of the people of Quebec.  Some came from countries with very repressive governments which did not respect the dignity of people nor their fundamental human rights.  Here they were able to balance their own cultural practices and languages with those of others they encountered.  Their experience of hospitality, welcome and inclusion is what makes this place distinct.   

     

    After prayer and study we formally declare our opposition to Bill 60, presently before the National Assembly.

     

    We support a secular state and its neutrality in relation to the practice of religion, but we find this already guaranteed in both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.  We recognise that the Christian Church in general and the Roman Catholic Church in particular exercised significant influence and authority in Quebec over the last few centuries, but at the present time we see no sign that the state endorses or favours one religious tradition over others.  Our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, is served by a female National Bishop (archbishop and vicar general) and many female pastors (priests), and we fully support gender equality.

     

    We are not in favour of the proposed ban on the display or wearing of prominent religious symbols or clothing by persons employed by the provincial government or institutions funded by the province, believing that it represents an unnecessary violation of the freedom of religion guaranteed to the citizens of Canada and Quebec.  Such action will isolate immigrants who wish to integrate into Québécois society, and will weaken the harmony and rich diversity of the people of this province.

     

    Only a small number of our members will be directly affected by this proposed law, but we would like to express our support for the inclusion and respect of our fellow Quebecers who are Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, as well as Christians who wear identifiable garments, and persons belonging to a multitude of other faith communities.  Preventing our neighbours from wearing symbols or clothes which are in keeping with their religious convictions, even while serving the general public on behalf of Quebec, is a needless and heavy-handed approach, an intrusion of the state into various public spheres of our shared lives. 

     

    If the goal of this government is to create a tolerant, just and compassionate society, we believe that the bill, if enacted, will have the opposite effect.  The goal of the State should be to foster a sense of community.  Rather than dividing the province we would hope that a “Charter of Values” would serve to unite us all.

     

    Therefore, we request that Bill 60, a Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests, be withdrawn and not enacted in the Province of Quebec.

     

    Respectfully,

    The Rev. James M. Slack

    Chairperson

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  • ELELCIC National Bishop Encourages Monthly day of Fasting for the Climate

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    ELCIC INFORMATION

    EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CANADA
    600-177 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5
    Phone 1.204.984.9150 Fax 1.204.984.9185

    NEWS RELEASE
    From the National Office of the ELCIC

    ELCIC National Bishop Participates in, Encourages Monthly day of Fasting for the Climate

    Winnipeg, 20 January 2014 — Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites church members to join a Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate on the first of each month.

    “This fast is a simple, regular and spiritually renewing expression of solidarity with those most vulnerable to climate change and prayerfully connects me to the global Lutheran family,” says Bishop Johnson.

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), together with many other global organizations, launched a Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate on January 1, 2014. The LWF encourages member churches to be advocates for climate justice in the context of climate change and says the fast is a way for Lutherans to express their common faith, spiritual and ethical values.

    The call for fasting for the climate comes as a lead up to the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

    The LWF delegation to COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland (November 11-22, 2013), which included seven young adults, initiated a fast that was supported by many different faith representatives.

    “It is inspiring that it was Lutheran youth who led this call to pray and fast,” says Bishop Johnson. “Their witness points us to the profound importance of relying on our faith in God as we face all of life’s challenges.”  

    “For me, fasting is something new,” says Bishop Johnson. “As I participate in the fast on the first of each month, I will be learning what it means to embark on this discipline in the name of prayer and solidarity. By focusing on this new practice for spiritual renewal, it will serve as a reminder to me of the importance of climate justice issues.”

    The fast takes place on the first day of every month until December 1, 2014 when the COP 20 meetings begin. To follow and support the campaign, use the hashtag #fastfortheclimate.

    Fasting may take a number of different forms, depending on an individual’s context. Those who refrain from food for one day are advised to continue drinking water. Some may choose to fast for one or two meals, or limit food intake to a simple diet such as rice or bread. Others may consider a “carbon emissions” fast, choosing to not take a car or not using electronic devices, or by intentionally choosing to consume eco-friendly products and food.

    Climate change is an ongoing concern of the LWF and the ELCIC. In 2007, the ELCIC committed to intentionally working on a Stewardship of Creation initiative. In 2013, the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada adopted the Joint Assembly Declaration, which begins by stating that, “Responsible and sustainable relationships to water, land, home, and each other are part of realizing our full humanity.”

    For more information on the Monthly Day of Fasting for Climate, visit: http://www.lutheranworld.org/news/lwf-launches-day-fasting-climate

    For more information on the ELCIC’s Stewardship of Creation activities, visit: http://elcic.ca/Stewardship/Stewardship-of-Creation/default.cfm

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    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

    Material provided through ELCIC Information is intended for reproduction and redistribution by recipients in whatever manner they may find useful.

    For more information, please contact:
    Trina Gallop Blank, Director of Communications
    600-177 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5
    204.984.9172
    tgallop@elcic.ca

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  • Canadian Lutherans, Anglicans address homelessness and responsible resource extraction

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    ELCIC INFORMATION

    EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CANADA
    600-177 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5
    Phone 1.204.984.9150 Fax 1.204.984.9185

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    From the National Office of the ELCIC

    Canadian Lutherans, Anglicans address homelessness and responsible resource extraction

    Ottawa, 5 July 2013 — Delegates to the 2013 Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) have approved a statement calling both churches to greater accountability in addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and responsible resource extraction.

    The delegates, meeting together, overwhelmingly endorsed the Joint Declaration on Homelessness and Affordable Housing and Resource Extraction and directed that it be distributed widely throughout [Anglican and Lutheran] churches. They also directed that the declaration be forwarded, to the Prime Minister and other political leaders.

    Rev. Doug Reble and Cynthia Haines-Turner, who moved and seconded the motion, both spoke passionately of the need for the Joint Declaration.

    At the core of the declaration is the call to care for all of God’s creation. “We live in a world where poor countries that are rich in natural resources have all too often seen the well-being of their people and ecosystems deteriorate as a result of destructive, irresponsible resource extraction,” said Reble.

    “Indigenous communities around the world and including those in Canada are often the people particularly affected by mining and oil and gas exploration, as well as logging operations. Aboriginal rights are often violated the process.”

    Reble referenced the Anglican’s Marks of Mission and it’s call to “seek to transform the unjust structures of society and to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth,” as well as the ELCIC’s Five Pillars which engages the church in the work of compassionate justice as spirited disciples.

    Haines-Turner spoke to how the motion connects with Joint Assembly theme – Together for the love of the world. “We have been hearing so much about what it means to be turning outward and not inward – this is an important act of joint witness.”

    Several delegates spoke in favour of the resolution, encouraging colleagues to affirm the Joint Declaration, and also urging delegates to consider what steps could be taken to further the churches’ work in these areas.

    “I think the motion will have to be more beyond what we think. I urge you if you want to really see what is happening in the North – go and see it,” said one speaker.

    Another speaker reminded delegates of the law passed by Parliament in 2000 to abolish children poverty. “A decade after we end up with more than 1 million children living in poverty,” he said. “A poor child doesn’t live alone. A poor child also means a poor father, or a mother living in poverty. The motion we have on the floor is a step in the right way, but we need to do more. We need to vote in favour but we need to do more.”

    Anglicans and Lutherans have made the areas focused on in the Joint Declaration as priorities. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz have recently co-signed several letters calling on the federal government to deal with issues such as poverty and a comprehensive national housing strategy in co-operation with the provinces and territories.

    The Joint Declaration calls the two churches to greater public awareness and to discern where they can learn more, advocate, seek equitable and innovative approaches, and pray for all affected by the issues and those who bear responsibility in addressing them.

    Delegates approved the motion by a vote of 98 per cent. As a sign of their commitment to the Joint Declaration, they then stood and read it aloud in its entirety.

    On Saturday morning, as a further way of living out the call in this area, youth (some who are delegates of the Joint Assembly and others from the wider community) will lead delegates in an act of public witness on Parliament Hill.

    More information on the 2013 Joint Assembly, as well as the sign up for email updates and the link to the live webcast can be found here: www.jointassembly.ca

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    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

    Material provided through ELCIC Information is intended for reproduction and redistribution by recipients in whatever manner they may find useful.

    For more information, please contact:
    Trina Gallop, Director of Communications
    600-177 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5
    204.984.9172
    tgallop@elcic.ca

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