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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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2006 CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND L. SCHULTZ December 14, 2006 -- A video of the 2006 Christmas Greeting from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz is available for viewing on the Bishop's page of the ELCIC website: //elcic.ca/bishop/cathedra.html
CHURCH OF NORWAY SYNOD SUPPORTS PROPOSAL TO END STATE-CHURCH SYSTEM November 29, 2006 - The general synod of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway has supported the proposal of a government-appointed commission to abolish Norway's current state-church system.
ELCIC'S EASTERN SYNOD TO REFRAIN FROM ACTING UPON MOTION PASSED AT THE 2006 EASTER SYNOD ASSEMBLY REGARDING A LOCAL OPTION FOR SAME-SEX BLESSINGS November 24, 2006 – “It’s a good time to be in the Church,” noted one of the younger members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)’s Eastern Synod Council during a consultation with representatives from National Church Council (NCC) that took place on Saturday, November 18, 2006. The positive nature of the comment was just one of many joyful and optimistic comments heard as ELCIC National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz and Vice-President, Dr. Roger Kingsley, attended the last day of the Eastern Synod Council’s fall meeting at the Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre in Mississauga,
TWO LUTHERAN PASTORS MURDERED IN EL SALVADOR; LWF GENERAL SECRETARY NOKO CALLS FOR SWIFT AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATION November 7, 2006--The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko has received with deep distress news about the murder of two pastors from the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod, Francisco Carrillo and Jesus de Carrillo.
ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP APPOINTS NEW ASSISTANT FOR STEWARDSHIP IN PUBLIC LIFE October 5, 2006 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond Schultz has appointed Mr. Ryan Anderson as the Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship in Public Life. Mr. Andersen joined National Office staff on Monday, October 2, 2006.
ELCIC AND ELCI CHURCHES SIGN LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING September 22, 2006--At the fall meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Church Council (NCC), the ELCIC and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland (ELCI) signed a "Letter of Understanding" between the two churches which will allow for pastors and deacons/diaconal ministers from either church to exercise their calling in either country.
ELCIC'S LONG-TERM MISSIONARY IN THAILAND CURRENTLY IN CANADA ON HOME LEAVE September 21, 2006 - While recent events in Thailand have thrust the country into political unrest, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is able to advise that Long-term Missionary Lori Endress, who serves in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is currently back in Canada on home leave.
ELCIC AND CLWR NAME NEW INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR September 20, 2006 - Sister Monica Denk has been appointed as the new International Volunteer Coordinator. This position supports the work of both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) by coordinating and promoting the new CLWR International Volunteer Service (IVS) program and the established Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program of the ELCIC.
ELCIC NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MOTION PASSED AT THE 2006 EASTERN SYNOD CONVENTION REGARDING THE BLESSING OF SAME-GENDER COUPLES Winnipeg, 19 September 2006 -- At the fall meeting of National Church Council (NCC), members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) met September 14-16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to discuss matters relating to the business of the church. Agenda items before NCC members included a discussion on the motion adopted at the 2006 Eastern Synod Convention regarding the blessing of same-gender couples. In response to questions following the motion's approval at the synodical convention, NCC issued a statement.
AUGUSTA VICTORIA HOSPITAL SITUATION REMAINS CRITICAL; LUTHERANS URGE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF September 15, 2006 – In response to an announcement by the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, that the Canadian government would not provide immediate alternative funding to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), Lutheran organizations across Canada reconfirmed their commitment to assisting the hospital and urged the government to reconsider their proposal to provide US$900,000 which would keep AVH viable for a three-month period, giving the hospital time to seek other sustainable sources of funding while still providing the only care in the region to refugees and other Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory.
'SERVE FULLY' MESSAGE AND ACTIVITES HIGHLIGHT FULL SERVE, THE 2006 CANADIAN LUTHERAN YOUTH GTHERING; SERVANT EVENTS AT GATHERING RAISE OVER $12,000 August 23, 2006--Over 1,200 youth, in the city for the 2006 Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLYG 2006) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), spent almost ten thousand hours 'serving fully' at various servant events that took place pre, post and during the national gathering which was held August 17-20. Youth accepted the challenge presented to them by gathering keynote speaker, Rev. Kathy Martin, who told youth to, "get out there and share your gifts," as they participated in a fundraising car wash which saw funds go to the United Way of Winnipeg, partnered with Take Pride Winnipeg to pick up litter throughout the city, arrived at the offices of Canadian Lutheran World Relief to help sort 'We Care' school supply packages, and numerous other activities that took place both within the city and extended out to places such as Gimli, Manitoba.
FAITH WALK TO MANITOBA LEGISLATIVE BUILDING KICKS-OFF CLYG 2006; YOUTH CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO MOVE FORWARD ON COMMITMENT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING August 18,2006--On Thursday afternoon, over 1,200 youth, in Winnipeg for the 2006 Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLYG 2006), flowed out of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the main site of the gathering, and into the streets of downtown for a faith walk to the Manitoba Legislative Building to kick-off the start of CLYG 2006. In her opening keynote speech to CLYG 2006 participants, Rev. Kathy Martin, told the youth, "at this gathering we are going to do things differently. We're going to head out there and make a difference."
JOB POSTING FOR OFFICE ASSISTANT AT THE NATIONAL OFFICE OF THE ELCIC August 15, 2006 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) seeks an Office Assistant to join their dynamic team at the national office. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated and multi-tasking individual. Duties include reception, mail, maintaining member, donation and subscription databases, preparing deposits and donation receipts, filling publication orders, ordering office supplies, filing, and assisting with convention administration and registrations.
GHDA JOINS CLWR IN APPEAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON; PROVIDES $5,000 FROM DISASTER FUND FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE August 15, 2006--The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) joins Canadian Lutheran World Relief in an appeal for the people of Lebanon, in partnership with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Action by Churches Together (ACT), at the request of the Middle East Council of Churches.
JOB POSTING FOR ACCOUNTANT AT THE ELCIC'S NATIONAL OFFICE August 14, 2006--The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) seeks an Accountant to join their dynamic team at the national office.
'ACCOUNTABILITY' AND 'KEEPING THE PROMISE' STRONG THEMES AT AIDS 2006 CONFERENCE AND PRE-CONFERENCE; ELCIC PARTICIPANTS PREPARE TO ATTEND August 9, 2006--Faith-based participants, including three from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), are preparing to participate in the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2006) which will take place in Toronto from August 13-18, 2006. The conference theme, "Time to Deliver" is a reminder to participants of the past and present commitments for action on HIV/AIDS and an emphasis on the accountability of the responses to those promises. A global, two-day Ecumenical Pre-Conference, taking place just prior to the conference on August 10-12, will examine how participants can contribute to the fight against HIV and call upon governments, corporations and agencies to keep the promises already made to address the AIDS crisis.
WORLD METHODIST CONCIL TO AFFIRM JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION; METHODIST'S FORMAL ENDORSEMENT VERY SIGNIFICANT, LWF GENERAL SECRETARY NOKO SAYS July 20, 2006 -- The World Methodist Council (WMC) plans to affirm the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) signed seven years ago by representatives of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church. The WMC will release its statement on the affirmation of the JDDJ on Sunday, 23 July 2006, within the context of the World Methodist Conference taking place in Seoul, South Korea, from 20-24 July. LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko and Walter Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will also attend the signing of the Official Common Affirmation.
MIDDLE EAST: ONLY EXTREMISM WILL BENEFIT FROM CONTINUATION OF VIOLENCE; LWF GENERAL SECRETARY NOKO DENOUNCES CURRENT GRAVE ESCALATION OF CONFLICT July 18, 2006--The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, has denounced the current grave escalation of conflict in Israel, the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. There needs to be a clear rejection of all violence as a means of securing peace, together with a genuine commitment to justice for all the people of the Holy Land, in order to forestall the accelerating spiral of violence, Noko urges in a statement, issued on Tuesday, 18 July.
Letter to the Church from National Bishop Raymond Schultz July 17, 2006-- Winnipeg, 17 July 2006--The following is the text from a letter to the Church from National Bishop Raymond Schultz:

2006 Companion of the Worship Arts July 14, 2006 (Regina) At the joint Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) / Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) National Worship Conference, Ms. Debbie Lou Ludolph was invested as the 2006 laureate of the Companion of the Worship Arts.
Job Posting for International Volunteer Coordinator July 11, 2006-- This is a full-time shared position between Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reporting to the CLWR Executive Director, the International Volunteer Coordinator coordinates, promotes and supports the CLWR International Volunteer Service (IVS) and ELCIC Volunteers in Mission (VIM) programs.

Eastern and Saskatchewan Synods Re-Elect Synod Bishop At Their 2006 Gatherings July 10, 2006-- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) delegates of the Eastern Synod Assembly 2006 and the 2006 Saskatchewan Synod Convention re-affirmed their faith in their current Bishops as they re-elected the incumbent Bishops at their July gatherings.
GHDA Issues Appeal to Support Victims of Indonesia Earthquake May 30, 2006 --The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts after an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit south of the city of Yogyakarta on Indonesia's island of Java on Saturday morning, May 27. Any person or congregation wishing to contribute to relief efforts can send their donations to GHDA. Please mark your cheque: GHDA - Indonesia Earthquake Appeal or go online to http://www.elcic.ca and click on the 'Donate Now" link.


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