An open letter signed by 41 ELCIC and Anglican bishops to the Prime Minster, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance calling for a Guaranteed Basic Income.
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.
While it is unknown how long this period of closures and suspension of in-person worship services will last across the country, ministry continues the best way possible.
Earlier last month, ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Linda Nicholls recorded a message looking towards the future as we journey with one another towards Easter.
View the video here: https://youtu.be/mzuIGfodf30
These past few weeks have been challenging in many ways as we do our part to flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19. But how has this impacted those who, even before recent restrictions on our day-to-day lives, are struggling to make ends meet and have food for their families?