In September 2017 Christians from across northeastern Ontario gathered as a visible sign of the body of Christ to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
On Friday, June 21, the Poverty Reduction Act, legislating the federal poverty reduction strategy (PRS), was entrenched in law.
For the past decade, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and the Dignity for All campaign have called for a national anti-poverty strategy for Canada that is comprehensive, rights-based, legislated and fully funded.
Immigration and refugees have become polarizing topics and will be defining issues in Canada’s 2019 federal election. The openness with which Canadians once welcomed refugees is slowly ebbing to feelings of concern, doubt, and frustration.
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.
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.
“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.
Faith in Action:
Every spring, Bishop Pryse invites lay people from across the synod to a spiritual retreat. Although the agenda stays fairly consistent, every retreat is unique, changing with each year’s themes and worship experience. Bishop Pryse invites guest speakers each year who bring their expertise to the spiritual direction.
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides annual grants that encourage and facilitate the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others.
This year, the Women of Faith Fund received many applications and we would like to thank everyone who applied. The following 28 projects have been approved by the advisory committee of the Women of Faith Fund to receive grants for the year 2019.
Kitchener-Waterloo residents gathered at Kitchener City Hall Square to listen to Indigenous and faith community representatives speak about the urgent need for safe passage of Bill C-262, “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
Bill C-262 is a private member’s Bill introduced in the House of Commons in April 2016 by MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou).
A new Mutual Ministry Guide has been prepared by the ELCIC. The purpose of this guide is:
- To help congregations and leaders to nurture good and healthy mutual relationships.
- To provide guidelines to facilitate intentional and regular evaluations of congregational ministries, the staff and rostered ministers.
- To seek together opportunities for growth and renewal.
For more information go to http://www.elcic.ca/MutualMinistry/MutualMinistryGuide.cfm