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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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GHDA WELCOMES DONATIONS TO AID ASIA EARTHQUAKE/FLOODING VICTIMS Winnipeg, December 28, 2004 (ELCIC)--GHDA, working with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is accepting financial contributions to help survivors of the catastrophic disaster that swept across parts of south and southeast Asia on Sunday.
ELCIC UPDATE ON PRISON CONDITIONS IN EL SALVADOR Winnipeg, December 21, 2004 (ELCIC)--Last September ELCIC Information forwarded a request from Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) which asked for support in the way of letters to Salvadoran President Antonio Saca. At that time, conditions throughout El Salvador's prison system were critical and required urgent attention to prevent further violence.
STILL WORKING TOWARDS PEACE ON EARTH Winnipeg, December 20, 2004 (ELCIC)-- This week Christians around the world ready themselves to hear the Christmas story and to sing once again the song of the angels, "Peace on earth. Good will to all". But all these years after the birth of our Christ, our earth is not peaceful. It is, therefore, worth celebrating a story like the one that follows (Information from the Lutheran World Federation).
CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND SCHULTZ Winnipeg, December 16, 2004 (ELCIC)-- Kelly Fryer wrote in Reclaiming the "L" Word that a core principle of Lutheran theology is the statement: "God always comes down."
SIGNS OF HOPE, STEPS FOR CHANGE Winnipeg, December 7, 2004 (ELCIC)--The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is a broad ecumenical network for coordinated international advocacy on HIV and AIDS and global trade. The Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches are supporters and participants.
CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES TAKES A STAND AGAINST BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE Winnipeg, November 25, 2004 (ELCIC)-- People right across Canada are working to oppose Canada's participation in the U.S. Missile Defence program. There is still time to press Ottawa not to participate. Provincial NO WAR coalitions emphasize that "peace is everyone's business" and respectfully disagree with a letter from the Premier's office saying that this is a federal matter.
ELCIC REPRESENTED AT ECUMENICAL STUDY HOSTED BY THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES Winnipeg, November 2, 2004 (ELCIC)--Ruth Vince will represent the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCIC) at an international, ecumenical study later this week.
NEW AND REVITALIZED MINISTRIES AT AUGUSTANA FACULTY Winnipeg, October 7, 2004 (ELCIC)--All who were present at the ELCIC 2003 National Convention in Camrose, and many more who were not, agonized over the future of Augustana University College. How was Augustana to preserve its ministry, its Lutheran history, and its reputation as a place where students count, where spirit matters, and where we can explore the healthy tensions between faith and reason?
CELEBRATING UNITY WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA Winnipeg, September 28, 2004 (ELCIC)--Representatives of Camrose Lutheran College Corporation, the University of Alberta (UofA) and the province of Alberta met at Augustana College on Sunday, September 12, 2004 for a Celebration of Unity.
NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL PREPARES RESPONSE TO EASTERN SYNOD PETITION Winnipeg, September 28, 2004 (ELCIC)- In March 2004, National Church Council directed the National Bishop to provide a report to the September NCC meeting advising on the process to develop a social statement for the ELCIC on sexuality, marriage and the family. This action reflects the concern of NCC that the 1970 Lutheran Church in America "Social Statement on Sex, Marriage and the Family" should be replaced with a more current ELCIC statement.
GENERAL SECRETARY OF WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES TO VISIT WINNIPEG Winnipeg, September 14, 2004 (ELCIC)-Living out its strategic direction of "sharing our energy and gifts as a church to reenergize the ecumenical movement in Canada and internationally", the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will host the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on a Canadian visit beginning Thursday, September 30.
ELCIC YOUTH TO PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Winnipeg, September 9, 2004 (ELCIC)--At their Biennial Gathering, the Youth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada accepted the challenge to build with Habitat for Humanity.
ELCIC LEADERS ATTEND LWF COUNCIL MEETING Winnipeg, August 31, 2004 (ELCIC) - National Bishop Raymond Schultz, Rev David Pfrimmer, Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy and Rev Susan Johnson, Vice President of the ELCIC, travel this week to Geneva, Switzerland. There they will attend the Council of the Lutheran World Federation, Sept 1-7. The theme of this year’s gathering is "Growing Together - Growing Apart."
CHURCHES SEND LETTER TO MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION Winnipeg, August 18, 2004 (ELCIC)-- Following is the text of the KAIROS letter sent recently to Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, regarding a proposed meeting with Canadian Church Leaders to discuss issues related to the Refugee Determination System.
NEW STAFF POSITION AT NATIONAL OFFICE Winnipeg, August 18, 2004 (ELCIC)--At the Officers meeting held May 26, on the recommendation of Rhonda Lorch, Director of Administration, and Doreen Lecuyer, Director of Finance, the decision was made to merge those two positions into a single "Director of Finance and Administration".
GHDA/CLWR ISSUES APPEAL TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN SUDAN Winnipeg, August 4, 2004 (ELCIC)-- Canadian Lutheran World Relief has issued an appeal for contributions to help support a coalition of aid organizations responding to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, western Sudan because of the war. The Global Hunger and Development appeal encourages ELCIC member support.
RIEGERT AWARDED 2004 ELCIC COMPANION OF THE WORSHIP ARTS Winnipeg, July 28, 2004 (ELCIC)--The 2004 Companion of the Worship Arts is the Rev. Dr. Eduard Riegert.
NATIONAL BISHOP ANNOUNCES ADMINISTRATIVE RESTRUCTURING Winnipeg, June 22, 2004 (ELCIC) -- National Bishop Raymond Schultz announced today an administrative restructuring within the National Office. The positions occupied by Rhonda Lorch, Director of Administration and Doreen Lecuyer, Director of Finance, are to be merged into a single position -- Director of Finance and Administration.
ELW WELCOMES NEW EDITOR Winnipeg, May 27, 2004 - Evangelical Lutheran Women Inc. has hired Catherine Pate to be the Editor for ELW resources and Esprit magazine.
ELCA DEACONESS COMMUNITY ELECTS ANNE KEFFER DIRECTING DEACONESS Winnipeg, May 26, 2004 (ELCIC)-- The Ninth Biennial Assembly was a significant moment in the 120-year history of the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). After more than a year without a motherhouse or a directing deaconess, the community met May 14-17 here at the Cenacle Retreat House and elected Sister E. Anne Keffer to a four-year term as its directing deaconess
ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE - 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE Winnipeg, April 23, 2004 (ELCIC)--The World Council of Churches (WCC) has issued an invitation to all member churches to participate in a worldwide campaign later this year, as part of the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV). "On the Wings of a Dove" offers a possibility for action in support of and in solidarity with women and children survivors of violence.
ELCIC NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL ENCOURAGES DISCUSSIONS ON HUMAN SEXUALITY Winnipeg, March 31, 2004 (ELCIC)--In November 2003, the ELCIC National Church Council communicated their encouragement to discuss the questions related to the practice of same sex blessings across the different expressions of the ELCIC.
ELW PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ESPRIT EDITOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Winnipeg, February 18, 2004 (ELCIC)--It was with excitement, and sadness that Ruth Vince, Executive Director of Evangelical Lutheran Women Inc, announced the intended retirement of Gayle Moore-Morrans (Johannesson) as Program Director of the ELW and Editor of Esprit Magazine, effective July 2004.
ELCIC MISSIONARY BRIAN RUDE TO RECEIVE AWARD Winnipeg, January 6, 2004 (ELCIC)--Rev Brian Rude, ELCIC Pastor working in El Salvador, has been chosen by the selection committee of the Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministry to be the recipient of the 5th annual Katharine Hockin Award for Global Mission and Ministry.
DONATE TO VICTIMS OF IRAN EARTHQUAKE Winnipeg, January 5, 2004 (ELCIC)--The ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) welcomes contributions to help victims of the recent earthquake in Bam, Iran.
LOPP INVITES ACTION ON HIV/AIDS PETITION Winnipeg, January 5, 2004 (ELCIC)--In 1998 the ELCIC adopted a Public Statement of Pastoral Concern for People Living with HIV/Aids. At the ELCIC’s November 2003 National Church Council meeting, the Public Policy Advisory Committee agreed to encourage ELCIC members to sign the United Church of Canada’s "Beads of Hope" Petition. Much work is being done through international agencies like Lutheran World Service to address the crisis the pandemic has created in many communities, particularly in Africa.



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