1. Church leaders acknowledge the racism in their midst
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.
The full text of the letter follows. Download a PDF of the text here. To read the full news article on our website, please click here.
On March 21, the same leaders made a commitment to uphold the same objectives for the International Decade for People of African Descent. To read the news article on this, please click here.
2. In Full Communion
Lutherans and Anglicans celebrate Pentecost online in One Family in Mission
Lutherans and Anglicans from across Canada celebrated Pentecost Sunday in the One Family in Mission online event on May 31 jointly organized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Lutherans and Anglicans gathered online together to worship, pray and sing with the Holy Spirit and Giver of Life.
The video event celebrating Pentecost included prayer and song from Lutherans and Anglicans across the country; a Bible reading from the book of Acts; and a reflection from the church leadership comprised of ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Archbishop Linda Nicholls (ACC) and Archbishop Mark MacDonald (ACC). Another highlight of the online celebration was the reciting of the Lord's Prayer from video submissions across the two churches.
A big "Thank You" to everyone who responded to the call for videos, and for joining with us to celebrate Pentecost Sunday! If you'd like to watch the online video celebration again, please visit anglicanlutheran.ca/pentecost/ or visit ELCIC's Facebook page or Youtube Channel.
Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer
The following are the prayer petitions for Sunday, June 7.
ACC: The theological colleges and training programs with the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario: Canterbury College, Huron College, Renison College, the Anglican Studies Program at Saint Paul University, Thorneloe University, Trinity College, Wycliffe College
ELCIC: Luther College at the University of Regina and Luther College High School
3. Treasurer Resources Updates
The above resources are available on our ELCIC website at elcic.ca/Treasurer-Resources/default.cfm .
National and Synod Treasurers have put together the following resources to assist congregational treasurers and leaders.
4. Summer Sermon Series
ELCIC Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops will be preparing sermons for congregational use throughout the summer: June 14 to September 13. The sermons will be provided in both PDF and video format. All of the videos will be available via Box. To request access for these resources, please email Trina.
If you would still like to view or share a copy of Bishop Susan's sermon from Sunday, May 17, it is available on YouTube and you can also request a downloadable version of the video or the PDF text by email.
5. Reconciled Relationships
Gathering at the River: An online Gospel Jamboree
In a special episode by The Sacred Teachings Podcast, you'll learn about the upcoming online Gospel Jamboree streaming LIVE and for FREE on Friday, June 5th, 2020, 6:00 p.m. (EDT). Ginny Doctor and Archbishop Mark MacDonald talk about why Gospel Jamborees have such an impact and why you should tune in for the special event. To listen to the episode A Gospel Jamboree, please visit https://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/. For more information on the online Gospel Jamboree event, please click here.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day
Mark the date for National Indigenous Peoples Day and use the following resources:
Prayers from the Anglican Church of Canada: www.anglican.ca/im/nidp
KAIROS work for Indigenous Rights: www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights
Information from the Government of Canada: www.rcaanc-cimac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013718/1534874583157
National Indigenous Peoples Day - Eastern Synod resource kit
The Eastern Synod provides a helpful resource to help continue the work of reconciliation and right relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Please visit: easternsynod.org/content/biennium-reconciliation-initiative .
KAIROS launches Canadian phase of MERE Hub during Indigenous Women's Month
The Canadian phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water (MERE Hub) launches June 21 during Indigenous Women's Month. The MERE Hub is a living digital hub developed for and in consultation with women land defenders, and was first launched in November with a focus on Latin America. Read more when you visit: kairoscanada.org/kairos-honors-women-land-defenders-for-indigenous-womens-month .
Throughout June, KAIROS will highlight and celebrate Indigenous women working to make change in Canada and the Global South. Read more at: kairoscanada.org/this-june-is-indigenous-womens-month-at-kairos .
Help women Indigenous land defenders today! Sign the e-petition urging Canada to empower the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise to make Canadian companies accountable for human and ecological violations at their overseas operations. For details and to sign the petition, visit: kairoscanada.org/its-time-that-the government-of-canada-empower-the-core-and-enact- mhrdd-legislation .
6. WCC webinar Jubilee for the Earth on June 8
The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites you to a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythm, New Hope" taking place on June 8, 2020 from 16:00-17:30 (CET) via Zoom. Speakers from the organizations promoting 2020 Season of Creation will be together in a webinar to reflect on the theme of this year's edition. Details for this webinar are available when you click here.
The 2020 Season of Creation celebration guide which contains an ecumenical prayer service, liturgical resources, meditations and ideas for action and advocacy that help individuals or congregations animate this year's theme is now available on the WCC website.
7. Live stream and worship resources
The following are a number of ELCIC online worship services and resources that may be helpful to you during this time of intentional physical distancing. Have something you think we should add to the list? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
8. Mark your calendars