The 2009 ELCIC National Convention commences today at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. View the agenda online.
Bold singing, droplets of water, and parasols with chiming bangles provided a joy-filled levity to opening worship at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) Twelfth Biennial National Convention taking place June 25-28 at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver.
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and Bishops from each of the five Synods processed among worshippers with cedar branches sprinkling water on delegates and visitors as a celebration of Baptism. The parasols, decorative in nature, drew focus to the altar, the font and the ambo, and also offered a frame to the worship space in the UBC War Memorial Gymnasium. Later in worship the parasols would serve as stations for the Eucharist. (read more)
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson recounted a whirlwind of "firsts" and shared her signs of hope for the church as she delivered her Report of the National Bishop to delegates, special guests and visitors attending the Twelfth Biennial National Convention taking place June 25-28 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Bishop Johnson recalled her work over the last two years which saw her visit South America, the Holy Land, and Canterbury, England, to strengthen relationships with partner churches. To five synod conventions and the Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering, so she could listen to members' hopes and concerns for the church. And to council and organizational meetings that revealed the need for economizing and restructuring in the face of financial challenges. (read more)
National Bishop Susan Johnson presented the new Book of Faith initiative to the national convention during the evening session. Originally launch by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the program encourages the whole church to become more fluent in the language of the Scriptures.
In March 2009, ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) approved a motion to endorse the Book of Faith initiative and encourage its use in ELCIC congregations. Bishop Johnson told the convention this is a declaration “that God’s word is central.”
With the tagline, “Open Scripture—Join the Conversation,” the Book of Faith program aims to stimulate discussion about Scripture at the grassroots. Congregations can access studies, background documents, and assessment tools at www.bookoffaith.org.
After this presentation, Bishop Johnson introduced Teddy Pope, lay member of NCC from the Eastern Synod, who shared how parts of Matthew 6 have helped him give his personal and family struggles over to God. This sharing time was part of “Dwelling in the Word,” a regular segment of NCC meetings where members share how parts of the Bible relate to their everyday lives.
“What bold step can our churches take together?” Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) asked delegates at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) National Convention to consider during an evening Bible study on June 25. The Bible study is the first of three Bible studies taking place throughout the convention, which is being held June 25 to 28 in Vancouver, BC.
The Primate led delegates through Luke 4:16-21, where Jesus reads parts of Isaiah aloud in a Nazareth synagogue. It begins, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”
Archbishop Hiltz said the text sets out a framework for mission, and he encouraged delegates to describe how they saw related signs of hope in their congregations. Then he challenged them to imagine the next “bold step” that ACC and ELCIC could take in their mission together. (read more)
As part of the business sessions of the Twelfth Biennial National Convention of the ELCIC delegates will be electing a new Vice President. During the first business session of convention, delegates cast their first ballots.
The first ballot for Vice President of the ELCIC is a blank ballot, all individuals who are baptized members the church are eligible for election.
The Chair of the Elections Committee reported that the first and nominating ballot for a new Vice President resulted in a list of 120 nominees. There was no election on the first ballot.
The names of all 120 persons nominated are included on the second ballot. In order for an election to be declared on the second ballot, an individual would have to receive 2/3 of the votes cast.
Delegates cast their ballots during Thursday evening's second business session.
Results from the second ballot are expected to be reported to delegates on Friday morning.