From the Office of the Bishop
Winnipeg, October 1, 2002 (ELCIC) -- Preparations for the ELCIC’s Ninth Biennial Convention in Camrose, AB, June 11 to 15 were made at the National Church Council meeting in Winnipeg, September 19 to 21.
These included approval of a draft agenda and setting “Sing to the Lord a New Song” as the theme. The registration fee for delegates was set at $795. NCC is recommending that the ELCIC return to its previous practice of electing a volunteer treasurer with day to day financial management being handled by a finance director. Discussions are also underway about alternatives to the way national conventions are currently organized.
NCC approved the formation of a Chinese Special Interest Conference.
A revised Candidacy Manual was approved.
Congregations that want to explore worship alternatives may wish to evaluate the resources that are being published for Renewing Worship between 2001 and 2005. NCC approved these for trial use and evaluation in ELCIC congregations. It also authorized the Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (published by Consultation for Common Texts) for trial use and evaluation in the ELCIC through 2005 and the use in the ELCIC of four French-language rites (Eucharist, Baptism, Marriage and Funeral) from the Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Members were particularly mindful of the stress among national staff caused by a heavy workload, shrinking budgets and staffing positions yet to be filled. It is hoped that two new assistants to the national bishop will be in place by the start of 2003.
At the meeting a number of appointments were made for the Canadian Council of Churches: Rev. Jon Fogleman to Governing Board; Rev. Elisabeth Wagschal and Dr. Richard Crossman to the Commission on Faith and Witness; Rev. Dawn Hutchings to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Writing Team; Dr. Timothy Hegedus to the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation; Dr. Volker Greifenhagen to the National Christian Muslim Liaison Committee; Dr. David Pfrimmer to the Commission on Justice and Peace as well as to the Ecumenical Health Care Network; and Dr. Richard Crossman to the Biotechnology Reference Group.
Rev. Ann Strand and Rev. Rebekah Eckert were appointed to the Board of Directors of Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
Brian Koivu has been nominated to a four-year term as a church-at-large representative to the Board of Directors of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
Public Policy Actions
NCC endorsed the Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives position on Palestine and Israel and asked that the Bishop communicate this endorsement to Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and Palestine.
NCC requested the Bishop to write a letter of encouragement to Prime Minister Chretien expressing ELCIC opposition to Canadian support for unilateral military action by the United States against Iraq and ELCIC support for Canadian efforts to press the government.
NCC asked the Lutheran Office for Public Policy to write the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs asking the government not to proceed with the passage of the First Nation’s Governance Act until it has the endorsement of the Assembly of First Nations.
Some background information about these matters can be found on the Kairos web site at www.kairoscanada.org/
For further information about ELCIC public policy actions, please contact
Dr. David Pfrimmer, Lutheran Office for Public Policy