1. Climate Action Month
2. Emergency Appeal
3. 2021 Elections
4. Summer Sermon Series
5. One Body Working Together
6. Reconciled Relationships
7. Schools and Seminaries
8. Share These Resources
Begins September 1, Related News
Online Event, Election Bulletin, More
Sign-up for Resources
Cycle of Prayer, CCC
Radical Justice, Season of Creation, More
Luther Waterloo, Luther College
1. Take Action for the Climate
KAIROS is inviting you to participate in its Climate Action Month from September 1 to 30. Each day in September, KAIROS will share information on a topic related to climate change with the goal of nurturing our own personal gifts and motivating and inspiring a daily practice of taking action for the climate.
Five weeks, five themes, and one month of learning opportunities and actions. Sept. 1-4: Season of Creation Week and Sept. 5-11: Climate Ambition Week. For more information, please click here.
As COP26 Approaches, Climate Sunday Calls on Churches to Focus on Creation
With less than three months until the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) begins in Glasgow, Eco-Congregation Scotland is renewing calls for churches to commit to action before talks begin. For more information, please click here. You can learn more about Climate Sunday and read about COP26 Glasgow - A Briefing for Churches by Eco-Congregation Scotland.
Save the Date! Fall Symposium on October 30
For the Love of Creation Seeks Facilitators for October 30 Event
For the Love of Creation is looking for people from across Canada to facilitate some small networking groups during the Fall Symposium on October 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. These local connectors would come and facilitate a 30-minute small group discussion with others from their city/region. The purpose of these groups is to network with others in your area and begin a discussion about the best ways to address the climate crisis in your area as people of faith. Please send an email to Rev. Paul Gehrs at email@example.com if you might be willing to serve.
For the Love of Creation's faith-in-action campaign mobilizes people across Canada to reduce household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and demonstrate support for increased federal climate action. Now you can make a personal pledge to reduce your GHG emissions and engage in acts of solidarity with justice-seeking communities. Share your pledge and call on the Government of Canada to increased federal action. This campaign runs until October 4, 2021 (the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the end of the Season of Creation). To join and take action now, please click here.
Fall 2021 Advocacy Webinar Series
For the Love of Creation will hold a webinar series happening on Thursdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Time. For registration and more information, please visit: https://fortheloveofcreation.ca/event/ .
September 9 - Canadian Climate Finance
September 16* - Indigenous Rights
September 23 - Climate Ambition and Transition
*ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson is host-facilitator of the September 16 webinar event.
2. Emergency Appeal for Haiti
Photo courtesy of CARE Canada through CLWR
Haiti was hit with a destructive earthquake on August 14. With numbers expected to rise, it is so far reported that more than 2,200 people were killed and over 12,200 injured by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of the country. Hundreds are still missing, thousands of families have lost their homes and schools, bridges and other vital infrastructure were destroyed. Rescue efforts are being further hampered by tropical storm Grace, all at a time when the country is already grappling with acute poverty and food insecurity, political unrest, and COVID-19.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) together with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is inviting you to pray for the people of Haiti, and to consider making a gift. Donations received will provide emergency shelter, sanitation, hygiene, and trauma care for those affected.
Individuals and congregations wishing to support relief efforts can donate as follows:
3. Election Reflections & Resources
A Faithful Election Conversation 2021
- Make a designated offering donation for "Haiti Crisis" through any ELCIC congregation.
- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to "Haiti Crisis."
- Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502), Monday to Thursday, 9:00-16:00 CDT to donate by credit card or go online at: clwr.org/Haiti
Martin Luther University College together with its partners The Baha'i Community of Canada, Centre Oblat - A Voice for Justice, and Citizens for Public Justice will hold an event, A Faithful Election Conversation 2021. Please join them from across Canada for questions on reconciliation, climate, poverty, and xenophobia on Wednesday, September 1, from noon until 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time. To join this event, please register when you click here.
Creating a Just Canada: 2021 Election Bulletin
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is providing a 2021 Election Bulletin: Creating a Just Canada that covers relevant public justice issues. CPJ is encouraging voters and electoral candidates alike to do "everything in love" (1 Corinthians 16:14) and for all people and all creation. CPJ believes in working together to build a just Canada. To download this resource, please click here. For more information on CPJ and its various initiatives, please click here.
Vote Housing is a national non-partisan campaign designed to engage and mobilize Canadians to pledge to Vote Housing in the upcoming federal election. In the 2013 Joint Assembly Declaration, Lutherans and Anglicans committed to addressing issues of homelessness and affordable housing. For more information on Vote Housing, please click here.
Basic Income Now
Basic Income Now is a campaign designed to amplify the many diverse voices that are pushing for a national Basic Income, with the aim of making them impossible to ignore. The 2017 ELCIC National Convention endorsed basic income guarantees. For more information on this campaign, please click here.
KAIROS Election 2021 Resource
Election 2021 comes at a kairos time when multiple crises converge, and opportunities arise for transformational change. The KAIROS 2021 Election Resource offers details on some of the most salient issues of our time: ecological justice, gender justice, Indigenous rights, and migrant justice. It also includes questions for candidates. To access this election resource, please click here.
4. 2021 ELCIC Summer Sermon Series
Have you signed up for the 2021 Summer Sermon Series?
For the second summer in a row, ELCIC Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops have come together to provide a series of sermons available for congregational use from now to September 12, 2021.
Resources include text (Word and PDF versions) and video (High and Low resolution) files of the sermons for each week. These are downloadable files that may be used as part of your congregation's worship in whatever way works best for your context.
Not only are these resources great to use if you need to cover vacation leave over the summer but they are a wonderful way to introduce members of your congregation to our Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops from across the ELCIC! We also know of many congregations that are making these resources available even on the weeks when they are doing their own preaching.
To access these resources, please complete the following form: https://form.jotform.com/ELCIC/2021-summer-sermon-series
5. One Body Working Together
Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer
The following are the prayer petitions for Sunday, September 5.
Help others connect with your congregation this 2021:
ACC: The theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land: Arthur Turner Training School, the Centre for Christian Studies, the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Henry Budd College for Ministry, Saint John's College, Dr. William Winter School for Ministry, James Settee College for Ministry.
ELCIC/ACC: The Right to Water and a renewed commitment to the stewardship of creation.
Reflection on Preparing for a New Normal
In May, The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) Governing Board engaged in conversations on "preparing for a new normal." Opening biblical reflections by the Rev. Dr. Das Sydney, and talks by Rev. Dr. Carmen Landsdowne and Sister Sue Wilson informed these conversations. Video recordings of the presentations are available when you click here.
6. Reconciled Relationships
Racial Justice Workshops
United in Learning provides online training opportunities, including racial justice workshops. This initiative is hosted by The United Church of Canada. For more information, please click here.
#KAIROS20 - Celebrating 20 Years of Spirited Action for Justice
KAIROS is celebrating 20 years of spirited action for justice. Join us as we reflect on KAIROS' accomplishments and struggles, embrace the kairos moment, and envision a 2041 that is more hopeful, just and sustainable than the present time. Visit the anniversary webpage for reflections, an interactive memory wheel and event details!
New Season of Creation 2021 Celebration Guide
During the 2021 Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, Christians on six continents get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. More than ever before, the global Christian family will unite to pray and take action for our common home.
The theme for this year's Season of Creation is A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God. Oikos is the Greek word for "home" or "household." The Celebration Guide contains liturgical resources, prayers and meditations, and calls to action and advocacy, and can be used by individuals and congregations, to nurture faithful imagination to restore right, just, and sustainable relationships with the Earth and among all species. To download your Guide and for more information, please click here.
7. Seminaries and Schools
Martin Luther University College Updates:
Save the date, September 19 for two events hosted by Martin Luther University College (Luther). During the afternoon, the school plans to hold a donor appreciation and community building gathering. During the evening, a commissioning service will be held for Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund who assumed the role of principal-dean on May 1, 2021. Please note that in-person participation will be subject to pandemic safety protocols that may change on short notice. For event details and to RSVP for the Day of Gratitude and Community, please visit: bit.ly/LutherGratitude. For event details and to RSVP for the commissioning service, please visit: bit.ly/LutherCommissioning.
Technology for Remote Learning Campaign
Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund, principal-dean of Martin Luther University College recently announced the beginning of the school's $150,000 fundraising campaign to pay for technology upgrades that will enable faculty to simultaneously teach students attending a class in person and from a distance. For more information, please read the announcement. To support the campaign, please click here.
Luther College: Luther Lecture 2021
Luther College is pleased to present its annual Luther Lecture virtually this year. The 2021 Luther Lecturer will be Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace. The title of her lecture is "Religions and the Pandemic: Sobering or Hopeful?" Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. This virtual lecture is on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to register for this lecture, please sign up for more details or to receive the Zoom link.
8. Share These Resources
- The ELCIC website offers a listing of live streaming and pre-recorded worship from across our church. Make sure your listing is up-to-date by checking here.
- Have you checked your information on the ELCIC/Anglican Church of Canada Find a Church resource? It is most important to make sure the contact information for your congregation is current. Find your congregation, review the information, and if there are updates that you'd like to make please scroll to the bottom of your congregation's page and click on the link that says "Is this your congregation? Update and correct."
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