On Thursday, July 30, the ELCIC joins in lifting up World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This international day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, the same year the ELCIC National Convention committed to addressing human trafficking.
National Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), and leaders from the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), The Episcopal Church (TEC), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.
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.