Inspired by God's love to serve In Mission for Others, the ELCIC and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) work in effective partnership to challenge the causes and respond to the consequences of injustice and poverty. This work fosters sustainable development in communities around the world, as well as supports Compassionate Justice initiatives right here in Canada.
Jesus was called "to preach good news to the poor," (Luke 4:18) and the early church was "eager" to remember the poor (Galatians 2:10). The spiritual practice of gathering regularly to be fed at the communion table is a reminder that feeding, sharing and addressing issues of poverty are integral to God's mission. As a specialized agency of Lutherans in Canada, CLWR is a primary way for the ELCIC's members and congregations to engage in this mission.
Around the world, CLWR works on community development, provides emergency relief, and facilitates International Volunteer Service.
Within Canada, CLWR facilitates the engagement of Lutheran communities in refugee resettlement and provides funding to support ELCIC Compassionate Justice Initiatives.
When you make a gift to CLWR, a portion of your undesignated donation supports ELCIC Compassionate Justice Initiatives such as anti-poverty ministries in synods, and peace and justice advocacy work throughout Canada.
- A Memorandum of Understand was signed in July 2009 between the ELCIC and CLWR. This document helps the ELICC and CLWR to faithfully live in partnership.
- An FAQ document on the ELCIC and CLWR relationship may be helpful in understanding how this partnership works to address global hunger.