ELCIC National Office update

As of March 18, 2020, please note that most of our staff members will be working from home as we do our part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Please be assured that we are here for you to contact and provide support as we navigate this new working arrangement.

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March 16 letter on COVID-19 and communities of the ELCIC

In a letter to the church issued today, ELCIC National and Synod Bishops encourage congregations to, “suspend public worship services and other gatherings effective immediately” to help against the spread of COVID-19. Recognizing the unprecedented nature of many of the decisions congregations have had to face recently, the Bishops assure congregations and members they will remain accessible for support and guidance.

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An update from ELCIC National and Synod Bishops on COVID-19 and communities of the ELCIC

In a letter released today, ELCIC National and Synod Bishops provided an update on COVID-19 and communities of the ELCIC. The letter calls for continued prayers for all who are affected, making decisions attentive to particular context and that best reflect a congregation’s setting and practice, a review of best practices and additional resources.

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A pastoral letter concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and communities of the ELCIC

In a pastoral letter to the church released today, ELCIC National and Synod Bishops invite prayers for all who are affected by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly for the people of China and other nations where the disease is spreading rapidly, and offer recommendations, based on best practices of health authorities, for worship and community life. 
 
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ELCIC National Bishop encourages members to review Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

In a video and letter released today, ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson encourages members of the church to “review the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and to consider what might be your calling to engage the many issues documented by the report.”

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Letter to PM expresses concern for "Peace to Prosperity" plan presented by the United States administration

In a letter written to the Prime Minister of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Bishop Susan Johnson expresses concern for the “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the United States administration.

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Seeking a Common Word Launches Joint Canadian-Muslim Dialogue Initiative

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canad will hold an evening of Christian – Muslim friendship and learning on Tuesday January 28th, from 7 – 9 PM, at Huron University College, in London, Ont. This event will commemorate the official launch of www.acommonword.ca – an ACC-ELCIC joint online resource for Christian Muslim Dialogue.

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Tuesday, January 28: Seeking a Common Word

Join ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Primate Linda Nicolls of the Anglican Church of Canada, and interfaith activist Dr. Ingrid Mattson for an evening of Christian-Muslim friendship and learning at Huron University in London, Ontario. The night promises to be illuminating with speeches, responses, Scripture recitations and prayers. Light refreshments to follow.

 

 

 

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Ruth Jensen, former Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief, dies

In a statement issued yesterday from ELCIC’s partner, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), the organization shared that Ruth Jensen, former Executive Director, passed away suddenly over the weekend.

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A Christmas Message from Lutheran, Anglican Leaders

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Linda Nicholls share their Christmas message to Lutherans and Anglicans across Canada.

The full text of the letter is below. View a PDF of the letter here.

 

Dear friends in Christ,

Once again, we stand at the door of the manger in anticipation. Once again, our dreams for the world have not yet been fulfilled.

We hear the cries of the earth groaning and cracking under the effects of climate change. We hear the cries of refugees driven from the countries they love by war or drought or economic collapse only to be refused at border after border. We hear the cries of hatred and polarization pulling us apart nation by nation. We long for the fulfillment of the peaceable kingdom promised in the vision of Isaiah 11 where one will rise from the stump of Jesse who lives by righteousness and is faith filled with the spirit of wisdom, counsel and the fear of the Lord, and all will live in peace.

Once again, we stand at the door of the manger knowing that the child born there is the one in whom all hope can and will be fulfilled. In the face of powers and systems that abuse we need once again to see the face of God in that most vulnerable baby. We need to remember how he lived in this world and calls us to follow the way of forgiveness, grace and love. We will be touched again by the ordinariness of a young woman and her partner willing to be parents of this child as we are called afresh to our vocation of bearing Christ into the world.

Once again, we stand at the door of the manger knowing we will find the hope we need to turn back into the world God loves and give ourselves to proclaiming this Good News.

May our hearts be renewed in this hope as we enter the manger again.

 

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

The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls – Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

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