April 11, 2021

Flowers have been placed on the altar in thankfulness to Jesus the righteous, our advocate with the Father, for he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world.

ELCIC Bible Book Club: Next Sunday, April 18th at 9 am we will be looking at and discussing the book of Jeremiah. You are invited to read as much of this book as you are able, to read this preamble and preview our discussion questions and then join us on Zoom to listen and participate in our lively discussions. All are welcome

World Council of Churches Easter Message: As We Confront Uncertainty, May Easter Infuse Us with Power and Courage. The World Council of Churches (WCC) sent its Easter greetings to all member churches with a message of hope from WCC Acting General Secretary Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca. Read the full letter here

An Open Letter to Members to The Canadian Senate On Ending Modern Slavery: Our ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson again joined with Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, who together with Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of CLWR and Will Postma, Executive Director of Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund joined in expressing support for Bill-S-216 and ending modern slavery. Read the details in the open letter here.

Caring For Creation

  • Nourish, Learn, and Inspire Care of Creation During Earth Week: Join KAIROS and For the Love of Creation partners during Earth Week for a series of events to nourish, learn, and inspire our care of Creation. On Earth Sunday, April 18, we will gather online in a contemplative space with music, prayer, and mediation. On Earth Day, April 22, we will celebrate the first anniversary of For the Love of Creation and gather to discern our gifts for taking climate action during this crucial decade. For more information, please click here.
  • The ELCIC and Eastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Committee (YAYA) invite you to “OH POOP! It’s worse than I thought” – an online event featuring Stella Bowles (How My Science Fair Project Created Positive Change). This is an Earth Week webinar talking about how young people can advocate for change. This online event will take place on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). To register click here. See the poster on page 15 for further details. Thanks to the LWF for the sponsorship support. 
  • Recorded Presentation of ‘Climate Justice: Faith Active in Love’ by Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda can be viewed here.
  • For the Love of Creation: faith-in-action campaign:  For the Love of Creation‘s faith-in-action campaign invites you to make a personal pledge to reduce household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to share support for increased federal climate action. For more information and to take action, please click here.

First Nations Reconciliation

  • The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples has just released a new resource on Self-Determination and Free, Prior and Informed Consent. To view this resource, please click here.
  • Reconciliation and Indigenous Rights: Faith in the Declaration: Faith in the Declaration is a coalition of churches who affirm the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration) as the framework for reconciliation in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #48. Legislation to implement the Declaration (Bill C-15) is currently before parliament. You can learn more and show your support when you click here.
  • Sacred Teachings Podcast on Suicide – Awareness and Prevention: Highly respected Indigenous speakers are featured in this series, with a different theme for each season, including the sacredness of Creation and finding meaning in a global crisis. To view this podcast series and for more information, please click here.

LTS (Lutheran Theological Seminary) Offerings:

  • LIFT Curriculum: Leading in Faith Today (LIFT) is a set of curriculum modules that anybody with theological education can easily teach in a congregation, synod, ministry-preparation setting. Courses in Bible, Theology, History, Preaching, Worship Leadership, and Church Leadership, are available including specialized courses for Lutherans and Anglicans, prepared by qualified scholars. All courses are brief and inexpensive, with both Student and Leadership Manuals offered in downloadable and printed formats. For more information, please visit:
  • “Creation and sub-creation: Social and Religious Themes in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fiction” (SL331) – May 10-21 by the Rev. Dr. William Harrison. Are you a Tolkien fan? Or interested in why everyone reads him and sees the movies? We will read a variety of Tolkien’s fiction and his own reflection on the work of writing, in order to investigate the ways he related religion to fiction. This course will be of special interest to people who are interested in addressing faith issues in a secular world. To register for these courses, please visit the “Occasional Non-Program” page of the LTS website. The link to the application form is at the bottom of the page.

Other Social Justice Resources:

  • Ending Homelessness in Canada – On the Way Home Podcast: The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) and Blue Door co-host On the Way Home, a podcast that brings together the voices and issues involved in ending homelessness in Canada. Listen to a new episode every Thursday, featuring voices on important issues on housing and homelessness. For more information, please visit: On the Way Home
  • Recognition, Justice, and Development: Peoples of African Descent and Canadian Churches: The Canadian Council of Churches‘ Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning has now made available a new companion study guide to the videos of “Recognition, Justice, and Development: Peoples of African Descent and Canadian Churches.”The study guide is available in English and French. You can download this resource and find the link to the videos of key moments from the event when you click here.
  • Action Summit to Combat Online Hate – April 14-15: The Canadian Coalition to End Online Hate invites you to the Action Summit to Combat Online Hate. The summit will bring together leading activists, academics, and policy makers to discuss the ever-growing problem of online hate with the objective of developing an action plan to combat it. For more information and registration, please click here.
  • Seeking Justice Together Conference: Seeking Justice Together is a week-long virtual conference hosted by Citizens for Public Justice from May 17 to 20 exploring how we are called to seek justice together through intersectional, interpersonal, and interconnected approaches. Click here for further information and to register for their morning, afternoon and evening workshops.