In a letter to the church, ELCIC National and Synod Bishops acknowledge that, “racism is within us and within our communties.” The leaders call on all congregations and members to commit to doing the hard work and change our ways of thinking and our actions that demean and hurt, “We need to listen, learn, hear the stories, stand alongside of, speak up, speak out, and stand up against injustice.”
In response to the demonstrations across the United States and Canada in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and The United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter.
“There is no doubt that the way we are being church is different in these times, and it may last for a lot longer thank any of us had anticipated… But there is also no doubt that we still are a church, called to follow the way of Jesus and participate in God’s mission to love and save the world. In today’s gospel lesson Jesus reminds us that if we love him, we need to keep his commandments, to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbours as ourselves.”
In a video message taped from her livingroom, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson shares her thanks to rostered leaders, congregational members, and to all who are finding creative ways of coming together during these challenging times of COVID-19. “We are all in this together, as Canadians, and as members of the ELCIC.”
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National and Synod Bishops and Treasurers have written to The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development in support of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC)’s proposed Matching Donation Distribution Model.
As churches in full communion, we share a deep concern for the care of creation and for addressing the climate crisis. We are now delighted to partner with other churches and faith-based organizations to mobilize Canada-wide education, reflection, action and advocacy for climate justice, under the banner For the Love of Creation.
In an announcement from the CLAY Gathering National Planning Committee, after much discernment the team shares, “that CLAY, originally scheduled for August 20-23, 2020, will be postponed to August 19-22, 2021. The event will still be held at the Southern Alberta Insitute for Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta.”
ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson shares a special message with the church for Sunday, April 19, 2020. In her first pre-recorded video Children’s Message add, Bishop Susan addresses the anxiousness, frustration and boredom we might all be feeling right now, and asks, “What is Jesus’s message to us during this crazy, turned up-side-down time?”
The year 2020 will long be remembered by the COVID-19 pandemic. With public gatherings put on hold, typical Sunday services have been replaced with online livestreams, while morning/evening prayer gatherings have become pre-recorded YouTube videos. Rostered and lay leaders across the ELCIC explore creative and unconventional ways to bring about community outreach while honouring the many traditions surrounding Holy Week and Easter.