Eastern Synod Assembly 12th Biennial Convention Officially Opens

Over 325 delegates, visitors and volunteers are gathering at the London, Ontario Convention Centre July 9-13 for the 12th Biennial Convention of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

The assembly focuses on the theme, "In Mission for Others: A People Called". The agenda for July 9 included the Report of the Bishop, the Report of the Treasurer, as well as a presentation from National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.

Delegates also heard that through the "It’s Your Call" program 48 new candidates have been identified within the synod for ministry since the program began in 2003, with five new candidates identified this year alone. The recruitment committee’s major emphasis for the 2007 program was creating a culture of call within the congregations of the Eastern Synod.

Full highlights from the assembly are available on the website of the Eastern Synod at: http://www.easternsynod.org/index.php

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 174,555 baptized members in 620 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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