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Joy in the journey

“I am looking forward to this weekend,” I said to my husband back in late May. Before he got a chance to ask the question I read on his face – or at least I thought I did – I answered: “These events are well planned, I want to be with other women, and I like the theme of the retreat.”

Faith in Action:

Grace Rankin Picnic

On a sunny Sunday morning in August, Grace church on Green Lake Road hosted an outdoor service and picnic.  Notices had been placed in mail boxes across the community to invite families in the neighbourhood to join in on a special gathering.
   Arrangements were made to have “The Intermittents”, a Pembroke area men’s choir on hand who opened the event with songs from memory lane and to lead with hymns during the service.

Faith in Action:

Indigenous Reconciliation Action Fund

The Youth and Young Adult Committee (YAYA) is excited to introduce the Indigenous Reconciliation Action Fund (IRAF), a new funding program intended to support learning, relationship building, and justice work between Lutheran and Indigenous children, youth, and/or young adults under 30 years old. The IRAF fund aims to energize action regarding the conversations of reconciliation which have taken place within the Lutheran church over the past ten years.

Citizens for Public Justice to host cross-Canada tour ahead of 2019 federal election

Ahead of the 2019 federal election, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) will be hosting a series of free, non-partisan events across Canada aimed at equipping voters to engage in the political process in a meaningful way.

CPJ's 2019 Fall Tour will provide the electorate with information to better understand important policy issues related to CPJ’s core policy areas: poverty in Canada, ecological justice, and refugee rights.

Worship Resources

A new digital hymn resource published by the Hymn Society is available for use in congregations and includes a free copyright for 2 months. This collection emerged from a desire to create hymns by, for, or about the LGBTQIA2S+ community that are accessible for a wider range of congregation.

Building Relationships

The Eastern Synod Mission committee meets twice a year under the leadership of Bishop Michael Pryse. At their fall meeting, the committee reviews grant applications and decides which ministries will get financial support for the following year. This year over $300,000. has been granted to support 52 missions and projects. The spring meeting is generally more educational and the agenda often includes a visit to learn more about the projects that are funded.

Faith in Action:

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.