Rev Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada writes a regular column for each issue of Canada Lutheran.
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NATIONAL BISHOP'S TURN
How I spent my summer vacation
My church family reunions really started back in April with the first of the synod conventions. Later in May, I spent time with our Diaconal Ministers family when they met in Winnipeg. Then in June, I attended the council meeting of the Lutheran World Fed-
The family reunion for our full communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada, took place in July as they met in General Synod in Toronto, Ont. Also in July, I attended our full communion National Worship Conference, in Waterloo, Ont.
Our sister church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held their family reunion in August as they met in New Orleans, Louisiana. I also joined Anglicans and Lutherans in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering. Finally, I participated in the joint Lutheran World Federation Preassembly of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region and the North American Region, which took place in Paramibo, Suriname.
Amongst all these wider church family reunions, I also had the opportunity to gather with my own family for a reunion in British Columbia!
These gatherings have addressed a number of justice issues, helping us to grow in understanding and in our ability to respond to God’s world, which is in such need. And finally, these gatherings have included times of spiritual nurture, helping us to live out a deeper discipleship as we respond to Jesus’ call to follow him.
I wish you could have joined me for this summer of family reunions, but please know, as I am present among the various ministries of our church and wider church, that you, too, are there with me in spirit and prayer.
Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada writes a regular column for each issue of Canada Lutheran.