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News Release from ELCIC: Lutheran and Anglican Leaders Offer Joint Easter Message

Winnipeg, 29 March 2012--In a new online video, National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) offer a joint Easter message to the two churches.

The two leaders share the message of the Easter story in this two-minute video; including in their greeting a reading from Luke 24:1-12.

Dr. Mark Harris Appointed to WLS Faculty

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Press Release: March 27, 2012

WATERLOO – A respected parish pastor and an experienced church leader has been appointed by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Board of Governors. Dr. Mark Harris has been appointed by the WLS Board of Governors to the position of Assistant Professor of Functional Theology and Director of Leadership In Ministry effective July 1, 2012.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harris holds degrees from Pennsylvania State

Structural Renewal Bulletin Inserts

A series of four bulletin inserts have been designed for congregational use on the structural renewal process. Bishop Susan Johnson has invited us to use this as communication pieces in the lead up to the Eastern Synod Assembly.  They are deisgned so that they can be reprinted as bulletin inserts for congregations.  The bulletins appear below as the order in which they should be distributed.

Bulletin #1 - Shot Gun Wedding

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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