A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC
Winnipeg, 18 April 2007--In just over two months, delegates representing the parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will gather in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 11th Biennial National Convention of the ELCIC. Over the next few weeks CONVENTION NOTES will share information and highlights on the upcoming gathering. The first article titled A Walk Through the 11th Biennial Convention comes from the ELCIC's National Church Council Executive. Further information, including specific information for delegates, is available on the ELCIC website at www. elcic.ca (click on the link to 2007 National Convention).
A Walk Through the 11th Biennial Convention
Why put so much work and effort into a national convention? What is a national convention meant to accomplish?
National conventions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) combine celebration and business. We gather to celebrate the life we live in Christ and to ensure that the business operations of this church are in order.
The 11th Biennial Convention of the ELCIC will take place June 21-24, 2007 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our gathering will begin with celebration. Delegates are to arrive at the University of Manitoba (U of M) Wednesday, register and get settled so that first thing Thursday morning they can board buses to join the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg. Together, our two church assemblies will celebrate the Waterloo Declaration and the shared experience of their full communion relationship.
Buses will take delegates back to U of M for dinner. The 2007 National Convention will open that evening with a service of Word and Prayer, orientation, agenda matters and first ballot for National Bishop. In January of 2007, National Bishop Raymond Schultz announced his retirement and asked that the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) hold an election at this year’s gathering, therefore, this convention will elect a new bishop.
The reports of the bishop’s office and NCC will fill Friday’s agenda. The bishop’s report will highlight the relationships of this church with individuals and organizations across Canada and around the world. The NCC report will discuss the past two years and drive the business agenda. Friday’s agenda provides for up to five ballots for National Bishop, insuring that someone will be elected by the end of the evening.
Saturday’s agenda provides up to five ballots for the election of a national secretary, constitutional and bylaw changes and debate on the NCC motion regarding same sex couples. A treasurer and replacement members of NCC will be nominated. Most of the motions submitted to the Committee on Reference and Counsel will also come to the Saturday business sessions.
Saturday evening’s session will be set aside for the recognition of service rendered to this church by Rev. Katharine Bergbusch, Norman Thompson, Rev. Sonja Free and Bishop Schultz and to thank our convention volunteers.
Convention chaplains will preside at early morning Eucharist and Evening Prayer on Friday and Saturday. They also will lead the convention in prayer during the business sessions and provide counselling to those who seek it. The Sunday morning Eucharist will be held in the meeting room and include the rite for the closing of the convention. The meeting room will be reset as a festive worship space.
Besides table seating for delegates and official guests, the plenary hall provides chairs for 75 to 80 visitors. Various organizations, institutions and agencies will host displays. For the shoppers, Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s Four Corners store will feature goods made by artisans in the global south, and the Augsburg Fortress bookstore will feature worship resources, ecclesiastical supplies and books.
Why do we go to all of the work of a convention? What is a national convention meant to accomplish? As delegates “Go in Peace” to “Serve the Lord,” they will have grown in awareness and understanding of being In Mission for Others: A People Called, they will have celebrated relationships in the body of Christ and they will have chosen new national leadership. All this will happen under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “Thanks be to God” who is with us every step of the way.
National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz
Dr. Roger Kingsley, NCC Chair and ELCIC Vice-President
Mr. Don Storch, ELCIC Secretary
Mr. Norman Thompson, ELCIC Treasurer
For more information, please contact:
Ms.Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications
302 - 393 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6