ELCIC National Bishop Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza; ELCIC Members Encouraged to Join in Day of Justice and Peace on January 4

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson says the ELCIC joins with all people around the world calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the violence that erupted in Gaza during the Christmas season. Bishop Johnson asks all ELCIC members to join Middle East religious leaders who request that Sunday, January 4 be a day for justice and peace in the land of peace.

Referring to a recent statement by the heads of the churches in Jerusalem, Bishop Susan notes that, "the ELCIC joins with our sisters and brothers in praying, ‘to the Child in the manger to inspire the authorities and decision makers on both sides, the Israelis and Palestinians, for immediate action to end the current tragic situation in the Gaza Strip. We pray for the victims, the wounded and the broken-hearted. May the Lord God Almighty grant all those who have lost loved ones consolation and patience. We pray for all those living in panic and fear, that God may bless them with calm, tranquility and true peace.’"

The call for solidarity comes as bishops of the ELCIC and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) prepare to visit religious, government and community leaders, congregations and schools in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. The visit was scheduled months ago as part of an annual bishops’ academy, a time of theological reflection and study.

The National Bishop, four Synod Bishops, and at least 39 bishops of the ELCA, including Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, plus many spouses and 14 ELCA churchwide staff are expected to make the January 6-13 visit. A smaller delegation will visit Jordan beginning January 3. The visit is intended to show support for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), led by its bishop, the Rev. Munib A. Younan, and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The bishops also want to learn more about the complexities in the region, and promote just and peaceful solutions to the conflict.

"This is a tragic yet opportune time for North American Lutherans to visit their partners in Palestine," said Bishop Younan, also an LWF vice president, in a news release. "They will have a unique opportunity to witness the challenges of living in this disputed land."

Leading the delegations from the North American Lutheran churches are Bishop Johnson and Presiding Bishop Hanson. The visit is being coordinated with staff and leaders from both churches, the ELCJHL and the LWF.

As the bishops prepare for their visit, both the ELCIC and ELCA are monitoring events in the region. This week bishops and staff of both churches met several times by conference call.

"There was a lot of discussion about whether we should go ahead with the trip given the eruption of violence in the area," says Bishop Johnson. "But in the end it was a simple decision to make. If we truly want to be a church In Mission for Others, if we truly want to work for compassionate justice, then now more than ever this is the time for us to visit the region and do our best to fulfil the goals of the trip – awareness, accompaniment and advocacy."

Members of the ELCA and ELCIC are encouraged to pray for the bishops as they prepare and embark on the trip.

The ELCIC continues to accept financial gifts to assist relief efforts at Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), an LWF facility on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. AVH responds to the medical needs of cancer and dialysis patients from Gaza. To make a financial gift to assist AVH, visit: CanadaHelps.org (and indicate GHDA-AVH in the message field).

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ELCIC Announces New Mission in the World Partnership with ELCA; ELCIC/CLWR Seek New Ways to Support Volunteer Placement Program

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) announces an agreement in principal with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is in place to work towards the integration of the ELCIC’s Mission in the World (MW) program with the ELCA’s Global Mission Unit.

In March of 2008, the ELCIC’s National Church Council identified five organizing pillars to guide and support the national church in our work as a church In Mission for Others. The organizing pillars – Diverse Faces, Compassionate Justice, Focused Framework, Spirited Discipleship and especially Effective Partnerships – have been key as the ELCIC has sought out areas where there are existing synergies in place to develop closer working relationships.

Over the coming months, ELCIC MW and ELCA Global Mission staff will work together to transition towards this new approach to world mission for the ELCIC. The partnership will result in, "opening doors to additional programming and resources to ELCIC members that they wouldn’t otherwise have," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.

In addition to accessing programs and resources, the resulting partnership will assist the ELCIC in addressing the realities of the current financial situation of the church. Projections on income indicate a significant shortfall in the national budget. As the ELCIC MW program transitions over to ELCA Global Mission, the position of Mission in the World coordinator, filled by Kelvin Krieger, will be phased out by June 2009.

"I give thanks to God for the faithful service and dedication to the mission and ministry of this church that Kelvin Krieger has provided over these many years," says Bishop Johnson. "When Kelvin realized our choices were to move the administration of the World Mission program to the ELCA or to cut an ELCIC missionary position, he agreed with the decision to move in this direction. I really appreciate his willingness to help us in the transition period and to share his years of expertise."

Along with pursuing new opportunities through the ELCA Global Mission partnership, including avenues to enhance Companion Synod relationships, the ELCIC is continuing the current long-term missionary placements (Rev. Brian Rude, Lori Endress, and Rev. Fran Schmidt), Amazon Mission, Patagonia Mission and existing partner church grants. ELCIC members and congregations are encouraged to assist with expressions of support for ELCIC MW’s Mission & Missionary Sponsorship program.

ELCIC/CLWR Seek New Ways to Support Volunteer Placement Program

In 2006, the ELCIC and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) initiated a three-year shared staff arrangement resulting in the engagement of Sister Monica Denk as Coordinator of ELCIC Volunteers in Mission (VIM) and CLWR International Volunteer Services (IVS)

While there has been a positive response from constituents, including a growing number of placements and a heightened level of interest in volunteering, financial realities dictate the consideration of new administrative options for the future in support of both VIM and IVS.

Sister Denk will complete her term in October 2009. In the interim, ELCIC and CLWR will consider options to enable volunteer activities to continue. ELCIC members interested in volunteering their services should continue to contact Sister Denk.

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Christmas Touched by the Spirit of Full Communion

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Bishop Susan Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) Primate Fred Hiltz speak of the Prince of Peace and share Christmas memories in a special joint message now available online at https://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/default.cfm.

The ELCIC and ACC have been in full communion since 2001, when the Waterloo Declaration asserted their similarities and allowed for interchangeability of clergy.

The four-minute Christmas video message can be downloaded for use in parishes and elsewhere. A transcript is also available.

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ELCIC Seeks Nominations to Put Forward to Search Committee for Lutheran World Federation General Secretary

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is asking members to consider submitting nominations to put forward for the position of General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

As a member church, the ELCIC is invited to submit nominations for the chief administrative position of the LWF. Nominations for consideration are to be submitted in writing along with curricula vitae to ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson (email: info@elcic.ca, fax: 204-984-9185). Deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 4, 2008.

In a May 19, 2008 letter from the current LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko informed the LWF Council of his intention to conclude his service as General Secretary on October 31, 2010.

The term for General Secretary is seven years and may be renewed for one term.

Nominations received by the ELCIC will be reviewed by its Executive Officers with recommendations to be brought forward to National Church Council for official nomination to the LWF Search Committee. LWF member churches are able to nominate more than one candidate. ELCIC nominations need not be a member of the ELCIC but must belong to an LWF member church.

A job description for the position of LWF General Secretary is available on the ELCIC’s website: https://elcic.ca/Leadership/Employment-Opportunities/Job-Postings.cfm

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Lutheran and Anglican Bishops remind Minister Finley of Election Promise on Housing

Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Bishop Susan Johnson sent a reminder today to Minister Diane Finley, the newly appointed Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to live up to a pre-election promise that a Conservative government would renew three key programs for affordable housing in Canada.

The three programs are: the Affordable Housing Initiative and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, offering support to hundreds of community programs and services across Canada, and the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program directed to the repair of more than 20,000 substandard houses annually. These funding programs were due to expire by March 2009.

“We remind you of [your] commitment” the church leaders’ letter says, “and urge you now to announce a quick release of funds so there can be a smooth continuation of these vital programs.”
The request echoes a letter the two leaders sent earlier this year to Monte Solberg, then Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada, a message that was repeated in hundreds of similar letters sent by Anglicans and Lutherans across Canada.

One week before National Housing Day, November 22, Hiltz and Johnson are calling for an immediate renewal of affordable housing programs and a comprehensive national housing strategy as part of an overall poverty reduction initiative.

Their letter echoes the one they sent in March but with a new twist: an affordable housing strategy is good not only for the homeless and those at risk, but also for Canada’s economy.

Quoting an article in the Toronto Star by economists Donner, Yalnizyan and McCracken, they point out, “Acting today on affordable housing can provide a much needed boost to the economy during bad times while reducing economic insecurity and building assets for the long term.”

The two church leaders urge immediate action:. “A positive response by your government, with specific action on commitments, by Friday, November 21 [the eve of National Housing Day] would offer hope to Canadian families and individuals hard hit by the housing crisis.”

The full text of their letter follows

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November 14, 2008

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Finley,

We write as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and congratulate you on your recent appointment to cabinet. We will keep you, and other members of your government in our prayers during these challenging times.

This letter follows on previous correspondence from us and other church leaders, consistently calling on the government of Canada to act in response to the homeless and those at risk of losing their housing. It is estimated that between 150,000 to 300,000 Canadians are homeless, and an additional 1.5 million are at risk of becoming homeless. Rental rates are increasing, while household incomes of rental families are decreasing. In October 2007, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing called homelessness in Canada a “national emergency”.

We acknowledge with appreciation that in March 2006, the government of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper disbursed $1.4 billion in a one-time allocation for affordable housing.

We further acknowledge the September 17 announcement made by Ministers John Baird and Monte Solberg pledging that a Conservative government would renew the Affordable Housing Initiative, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

We remind you of this commitment, and urge you now to announce a quick release of the funds so there can be a smooth continuation of these vital programs. The homelessness funding initiatives support hundreds of vital program and services in communities across Canada, while the housing repair programs improve more than 20,000 substandard homes annually.

The current economic crisis makes the need for an in-depth, long-term affordable housing initiative more urgent than ever before. We see the federal government as a vital partner with provincial and territorial governments and other key sectors. The slowing economy threatens to increase the ranks of the homeless, forcing people at risk into deplorable housing conditions, often paying half or more of their income in rent.

An affordable housing strategy makes good economic sense. We commend to your attention the words of economists Arthur Donner, Mike McCracken and Armine Yalnizyan who recently wrote that: “An investment in residential construction that creates affordable housing options can help keep thousands of middle-class workers employed. Acting today on affordable housing can provide a much-needed boost to the economy during bad times while reducing economic insecurity and building assets for the long term.” (Toronto Star, Oct. 21, 2008).

Thus we are asking your government to:

Join with the provinces to develop a comprehensive housing strategy as a part of an overall national poverty reduction strategy.

Immediately renew and expand housing spending over a ten-year period as a part of a comprehensive national housing strategy.

Direct particular funding to groups on the margins of our society, especially people of low income, the elderly, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and refugees, and Aboriginal people.
Anglicans and Lutherans are engaged across Canada in providing food, shelter and clothing to Canada’s lowest income people. Many are providing housing to special needs groups or redeveloping property into social housing. These initiatives cannot continue without housing dollars committed by your government. Together, we wish to extend a hand of partnership to ensure long term and lasting solutions to homelessness.

In the Hebrew Scriptures the prophet Isaiah asks what true religious observance is: “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house?” (Isaiah 58.7) Our vision is to go beyond the prophet’s call, to create a society where the hungry are able to eat their own bread, and the homeless poor are brought into their own house.

This issue is urgent, even more so when a perceived scarcity of resources threatens to call into question previously stated priorities of your government. We respectfully request a prompt reply signalling that your government will take quick and decisive action. November 22 is National Housing Day, when Canadians from coast to coast draw attention to affordable housing issues. A positive response by your government, with specific action on commitments, by Friday November 21 would offer hope to Canadian families and individuals hard hit by the housing crisis.

Thank you for respecting the urgency of this request.

Sincerely,

The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz
Primate, The Anglican Church of Canada

The Rev. Susan Johnson
National Bishop, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

c.c. The Hon. Mike Savage the Hon. Tony Martin, the Hon. Yves Lessard.

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ELCIC Conference of Bishops and ACC House of Bishops Hold Joint Meetings; Commitment to Partnership and Deepening of Full Communion Relationship Expressed

From October 27 to 31, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) Conference of Bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada’s (ACC) House of Bishops have been meeting jointly in Niagara, Ontario. In a letter sent from the ELCIC today, the Conference of Bishops express their commitment to, "walking in partnership with our sisters and brothers of the Anglican Church of Canada, and continuing to work to deepen our full communion relationship."

A copy of the full text of the letter follows: 

Dear friends,

We, the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, write to you having just concluded five days of joint meetings with the Anglican House of Bishops. It was a particular honour and a privilege, and a sign of our deepening full communion relationship, to be present during the discussion on the agreement by many bishops at Lambeth on three moratoria: on the blessing of same-sex unions, on the ordination to the episcopate of people in same-gender relationships, and on cross-border interventions.

The diversity of opinions expressed reflects a similar diversity that we experience within our own church. We, too, continue to seek to discern the mind and heart of Christ for the wholesome care of all members of his Body, the Church. We echo the desire to “stay at the family table” and commit to walking in partnership with our sisters and brothers of the Anglican Church of Canada, and continuing to work to deepen our full communion relationship.

Yours in Christ,

+ The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop
+ The Rev. Gerhard Preibisch, Bishop of the British Columbia Synod
+ The Rev. Ron Mayan, Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories
+ The Rev. Cynthia Halmarson, Bishop of the Saskatchewan Synod
+ The Rev. Elaine Sauer, Bishop of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod
+ The Rev. Michael J. Pryse, Bishop of the Eastern Synod 

View a pdf version of the letter here: www.elcic.ca/Documents/documents/2008LettertoACCHouseofBishops.pdf

The ACC House of Bishops also released a statement at the conclusion of their meetings. The full version is available online at: www.anglican.ca/news/news.php?newsItem=2008-10-31_hob.news

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Announcing Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food; Upcoming Events Highlight Ecumenical Response to Global Hunger and Celebrate Lutheran Communion

Today is a day of celebration in the North American Region of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). In Winnipeg, Kitchener, Chicago, and Minneapolis, people are celebrating the publication of Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food. In North America, this cookbook and educational resource is a joint publication of the LWF, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with gratitude to Augsburg Fortress (USA) and Augsburg Fortress Canada.

Food for Life is a compilation of recipes, stories and table blessings from different contexts and cultures that can be used to prepare global dishes for yourself, your family and your congregation – and to lift up the work of the LWF. Through effective partnerships with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and the LWF, members of the ELCIC practice spirited discipleship around the world in LWF projects of compassionate justice that strengthen food security in many different parts of the globe.

Food for Life is available for purchase through Augsburg Fortress Canada at www.afcanada.com. Priced at $14.00 plus shipping, this book makes a great gift any time of year.

On Thursday, October 16, Christians around the global will mark World Food Day. Resources for congregations and individuals are available on the KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives website at www.kairoscanada.org. As a member of KAIROS, the ELCIC works though effective partnerships for compassionate justice on our journey of spirited discipleship. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, another partner through CLWR, is also encouraging individuals, congregations and communities to mark World Food Day, and has invited all who are able to Fast for Change. Further information is available online at www.endhungerfast.com.

LWF Sunday is quickly approaching. The ELCIC encourages all congregations to celebrate and give thanks for membership in this communion of churches on October 26, the last Sunday of the month. October 26 is also the day that many congregations will mark as Reformation Sunday. That this Sunday is also used as LWF Sunday is very appropriate, as the ELCIC joins with our Lutheran sisters and brothers around the globe in giving thanks for the communion we share in the Lutheran family, and within the worldwide body of Christ. Information and resources can be found at www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Ministry/Partner-Related-Organizations/Lutheran-World-Federation.aspx.

In the next few weeks, ELCIC congregations will be receiving a Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) information package. The mailing will include resources and information on the work we do In Mission for Others together through our shared calling to work for justice and to care for the poor, hungry and marginalized of our world. For inquires on the mailing or to request additional resources, please contact orders@elcic.ca.

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The 2008 Federal Election; Addressing Critical Issues of Housing and Poverty

Where do the candidates stand on critical issues such as housing and poverty?

The October 14 federal election provides us with an opportunity to raise questions with our candidates and also promote our Christian values of compassionate justice.

In a letter sent earlier this year to the Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada, the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) urged the government, "to address homelessness in Canada as part of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy."

Efforts to carry forward on this initiative continue and a task force has been formed with members of the ELCIC and ACC.

The following are a number of resources to help you be informed and ask questions of candidates around the critical issues of housing and poverty.

Interested in further information on the joint initiative on housing and homelessness? Please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop at the ELCIC, email pgehrs@elcic.ca, phone 204-984-9156.

Reprinted from the September 2008 Special Issue of ELCICommunique. To subscribe to this monthly newsletter, email Communique@elcic.ca and indicate subscribe in the subject of the email.

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National Design Competition Ends Soon

October 1 is the deadline for submitting entries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) design competition. The ELCIC is seeking submissions for gifts that may be presented on behalf of the ELCIC to global and ecumenical guests. The gifts may be of any kind but must be inexpensive to replicate. Since the gifts may be packaged for overseas distribution, artists are encouraged to be mindful of weight and fragility. Options include, but are not limited to, crosses, calligraphy, icons, and lithographs.

Specifications: Designs may not be larger than 12 inches in height or width and 1 inch thick.

Eligibility: Artists must be members of the ELCIC and may submit only one entry.

Deadline: Participants must submit a photo (digital photos are acceptable) or slide of the entry by October 1, 2008. Finalists will be asked to submit original works of art at a later date.

Submit your entry to: ELCIC Design Contest, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email info@elcic.ca.

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Classes Resume at Luther College High School in Regina After Tuesday’s Closure

Students and staff returned to classes on Wednesday following a situation Tuesday morning at Luther College high school in Regina which forced its closure.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Regina Police Service reports they received a 9-1-1 call from a staff-member reporting a male youth in possession of a firearm at the school. Police attended to the scene and at approximately 10:58 a.m. a 16 year-old male was taken into custody. No students or staff were injured in the incident.

Following the incident, students and staff from Luther College high school were evacuated into nearby Christ Lutheran Church auditorium where parents were notified they could pick up their children. Police continued their investigate at the high school and recovered a CO2 pellet pistol at the scene.

Luther College high school reopened Wednesday morning and counsellors were on-hand to provide care for students and staff.

"At times of crisis it is important we come together as community of faith to support one another as we process what has taken place and start on the path to healing and reconciliation," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all who were involved in Tuesday’s incident, including the young man, who is now in police custody, and his family."

Luther College High School is an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

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