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Martin Luther University College begins search for next Principal- Dean

Dear Eastern Synod Colleagues and Partners,

I am writing to share the attached document concerning the Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) search for its next Principal Dean.

Please read, consider and share this material as you deem appropriate. Your assistance in helping us find the best possible candidate for this position is greatly appreciated.

Bishop Michael Pryse

Grant Writing Workshop

Sixty congregational leaders gathered to learn how to find and apply for grants from local, provincial and national foundations as well as government agencies.
   This first workshop was held February 2, 2019 in Oakville, Ontario. It was organized by Jeff Pym, Director of Stewardship and Resource Development/Planned Giving and was sponsored by the Synod. A second event is already in the planning stages for another area.

Christian climate justice advocates celebrate federal commitment to “deeper [emissions] reductions” in effort to address climate crisis.

There is overwhelming evidence that we face a climate emergency. That the Government of Canada has acknowledged that emergency and committed to additional action, is worthy of celebration.

The climate emergency motion was introduced by Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, on May 13, 2019. It was passed on June 17, 2019 by a vote of 186to 63.

Missional Leadership Cohort Scholarships

The Eastern Synod is making 10 full scholarships available to lay persons who will be accompanying a rostered leader from their congregation in the upcoming 2019-2020 Missional Leadership Cohort. 

Scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis, for up to two lay participants per congregation whose pastor or deacon is also registered for the programme.

The 2018-2019 cohort included several Eastern Synod participants and we are hoping to encourage five or more new congregational teams to come to life in 2019-2020.

Please see poster on page 2.

Welcome to Peace, Pickering

“We have new people almost every Sunday in the worship service. Some of them start coming regularly, some occasionally and some may come only once,” says Hilla Lahtinen, who serves the congregation together with her husband Ronnie Smith as a ministry team.
   One of our growing congregations, if not in membership but in worship attendance, at the moment is Peace Lutheran in Pickering On.

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