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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ANGLICAN-LUTHERAN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION May 31, 2007 -- The Third Anglican - Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) held its second meeting at White Point, Nova Scotia, Canada between 14 and 20 May, 2007, under the chairmanship of the Rt Revd Fred Hiltz, Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and the Revd Dr Thomas Nyiwé, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon.
HYMN TEXT COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED May 11, 2007 -- Keri Wehlander of Nanaimo, British Columbia has been named the winner of the Hymn Text Competition. Wehlander's submission, "From the Waters of Creation", set to the tune of Nettleton, was selected by the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) following the review of almost one hundred submissions. The competition was created to develop a new tune, familiar to both the traditions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) who will be gathering for a joint day together while in Winnipeg in June for their respective National Convention and General Synod meetings.
CONVENTION NOTES: ELCIC AND ACC JOINT DAY ON JUNE 21, 2007 May 1, 2007--In the second article in the series, CONVENTION NOTES, is on the ELCIC and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) joint day which will take place on June 21, 2007. This article is written by the Rev. Paul Johnson, Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical Relations.
HUNDRED YEARS AFTER MISSION CONFERENCE GAVE IMPETUS TO START OF ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT, KOBIA CALLS FOR ECUMENICALLLY RESPONSIBLE EVANGELISM April 30, 2007 -- On the threshold of the 100th anniversary celebration of the 1910 Edinburgh World Mission Conference, widely regarded as the symbolic starting point of the modern ecumenical movement, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia offered a sober analysis of the past century's achievements and failures, and called for an "ecumenically responsible evangelism".
LUTHERAN THEOLOGIANS CALL FOR CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT WITH, COUNTERING OF FUNDAMENTALISM April 18, 2007 -- "Fundamentalism provides an overarching narrative, in which people find meaning for their lives. Our challenge is to counter this with a compelling counter-narrative of how God is at work in the world, fostering justice, inclusivity and peace," urged Rev. Dr Barbara Rossing, who teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA. She was speaking at a theological seminar in Hoor, Sweden, that was held prior to the March 2007 Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting and 60th anniversary celebrations in Lund.
CONVENTION NOTES - A WALK THROUGH THE 11TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION April 18, 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).
AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND SCHULTZ April 4, 2007 -- An Easter Message from ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz.
LWF AFFIRMS HISTORIC STATEMENT ON EPISCOPAL MINISTRY April 2, 2007 - After eight years of preparation, the Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), meeting in Lund, Sweden, from 20 to 27 March, adopted a historic statement on the episcopal ministry.
WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES CONGRATULATES LWF ON 60TH ANNIVERSARY March 26, 2007--The "strong relationship" between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) has been characterized "not only by mutual accountability and reciprocity on the journey towards unity, but by the common witness of the member churches in the service of all humanity" says a message addressed to the LWF on its 60th anniversary by the WCC.
FEATURE: IT IS ABOUT THE DIVERSE GIFTS AND WITNESS; WOMEN CHURCH LEADERS PRESENT MESSAGE TO LWF COUNCIL March 24, 2007 – In 1947, five women were present as delegates at the First Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Assembly held in Lund, Sweden. Sixty years later, in Lund again, almost 150 women participants are attending LWF Council and associated gatherings, including the Conference of Women Bishops and Presidents and regional coordinators of the LWF desk for Women in Church and Society (WICAS) 20-21 March, 2007.
LWF CHURCH REPRESENTATIVES DEBATE PROPOSED GUIDELINES ON MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND HUMAN SEXUALITY March 24, 2007 - Participants in the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting and Church Leadership Consultation taking place in Lund, Sweden, discussed in plenary session a report on proposed guidelines and processes for respectful dialogue on marriage, family and human sexuality.
LUTHERAN CHURCHES URGED TO BUILD BRIDGES OF HEALING March 22, 2007 - The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, has appealed to churches in the Lutheran communion to take up the urgent task of building bridges of healing between and among Lutheran churches that have no fellowship among themselves.
LIVING IN COMMUNION IS A "SHEER GIFT"; LWF PRESIDENT MARK S. HANSON ADDRESSES COUNCIL MEETING March 21, 2007 – While living in communion takes considerable effort and can appear to even be counter-intuitive, countercultural and unnatural at times, it is a “sheer gift,” said Bishop Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) when he addressed participants in the 20-27 March LWF Council meeting and 60th anniversary celebrations in Lund, Sweden.
INCLUSIVE DIALOGUE ENCOURAGED IN LWF'S DISCUSSION ON MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND SEXUALITY; GENERAL SECRETARY NOKO HIGHLIGHTS MAJOR ISSUES AT PRESS CONFERENCE March 20, 2007 - The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko has encouraged the LWF member churches to dialogue on the issues of marriage, family and sexuality in an inclusive manner in order to avoid making it a church-dividing issue.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ELCIC'S NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL MARCH MEETING March 18, 2007--The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada ELCIC)'s National Church Council (NCC) met in Winnipeg from March 15-17. The following is an overview of highlights from the third and final day of meetings.
THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION RETURNS TO LUND TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY March 18, 2007 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) returns to the Swedish city of Lund, to celebrate its 60th anniversary at the place where it was founded in 1947.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ELCIC'S NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL MARCH MEETING March 17, 2007--The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Church Council (NCC) is meeting in Winnipeg from March 15-17. The following is an overview of highlights from the second day of meetings.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM ELCIC'S NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL MARCH MEETING March 16, 2007 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Church Council is meeting in Winnipeg from March 15-17. The following is an overview of highlights from the first day of meetings.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF LWF March 15, 2007--Reflecting on the theme, "Living in Communion in the World Today", leaders, delegates, youth and observers from 140 member Lutheran churches will gather in Lund, Sweden for the 2007 Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting, a Church Leadership Consultation and a global celebration of 60 Years of LWF. As a member of LWF, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will have a number of individuals in attendance.
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF LWF CHURCHES INCREASES TO JUST UNDER 66.7 MILLION March 6, 2007 (LWI) -- The total membership of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches rose last year by 476,551 to just under 66.7 million (66,690,599). According to the latest LWF statistics, the LWF’s 140 member churches, ten congregations and one recognized council in 78 countries registered a growth of around 0.72 percent for the period 2005-2006. The LWF member churches around the world totaled some 66.2 million members in 2005 and 65.9 million in 2004.
OBSERVING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ON MARCH 8 March 2, 2007--Ruth Vince, Executive Director of Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) and Raymond Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) released a statement to the Church regarding International Women's Day.
GHDA ISSUES APPEAL FOR DONATIONS TO ASSIST WITH RELIEF EFFORTS FOLLOWING SEVERE FLOODING IN MOZAMBIQUE February 22, 2007 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts in Mozambique after weeks of heavy rains in the central Zambezi River valley caused severe flooding to the area. Further flooding is feared with the arrival of Cyclone Favio, a powerful tropical cyclone with reported winds of up to 230 km per hour, which hit southern Mozambique on Thursday morning.
ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE ENDORSES NEGOTIATIONS WITH AUGSBURG FORTRESS CANADA TO ENSURE CONTINUATION OF ANGLICAN BOOKSTORE February 14, 2007 -- General Synod's Communications and Information Resources Committee has unanimously endorsed negotiations with Augsburg Fortress Canada that would see the continuation of a bookstore at the site presently occupied by the Anglican Book Centre.
ELCA DISCIPLINE HEARING COMMITTEE RULES IN ATLANTA CASE February 8, 2007 -- A discipline hearing committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) ruled Feb. 7 that the Rev. Bradley E. Schmeling be removed from the ELCA clergy roster effective Aug. 15, 2007. Schmeling, who reported to his bishop that he is in a committed relationship with another man, is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Atlanta.
LETTER TO THE CHURCH FROM ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND SCHULTZ January 24, 2007--ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz issued a letter to the Church. The full text is available here.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM JANUARY 2007 NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING January 24, 2007--Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)’s National Church Council (NCC) met in Winnipeg from January 19-20 to discuss matters relating to the business of the church. This release provides brief highlights from the January 2007 NCC meeting
HYMN TEXT COMPETITION ANNOUNCED January 5, 2007--In celebration of six years of full communion between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission has announced a Hymn Text Competition.
ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND L. SCHULTZ ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT January 2, 2007--Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz has announced that he will retire as of September 1, 2007 following the election of a successor at the 2007 National Convention.
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