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[November 26, 2015]

WINNIPEG – The national staff from Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), along with Central District staff, are partnering together with the national staff of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) for the first time to bring a Syrian refugee family to Canada.
The initiative will pool donations from individual staff members to raise the money needed to support a family for a year.
Earlier this fall, CLWR staff members agreed to begin collecting pledges to sponsor one person, most likely a Syrian living in Jordan, where most …

Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review »

[November 24, 2015]

by Ted Giese
Space exploration is dangerous, as Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi film The Martian illustrates. The movie tells the fictional story of astronaut Mark Watney, left for dead on the surface of Mars during an emergency evacuation of a NASA science mission. The stranded astronaut must then figure out how to survive until the next manned mission to Mars arrives some four years in the future.
Reminiscent of recent films like Interstellar and Gravity which also included elements of survival in harsh extraterrestrial environments, The Martian is a cross between Robinson …

ABC District News, Education News, Headline »

[November 23, 2015]

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton seeks to call a full-time faculty member specializing in the Old Testament. Candidates meriting serious consideration will be ordained pastors of Lutheran Church-Canada or one of its partner-churches who possess significant parish experience, an earned terminal degree (Th.D or Ph.D), strong teaching and administrative capabilities, a positive and pastoral personality, and a commitment to excellence in pastoral formation and service to the Church.
The seminary envisions issuing a call in May 2016 for service at CLS beginning in August 2016. Nominations are sought by …

Headline, National News »

[November 19, 2015]

CANADA – LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) has released their Advent devotional for 2015.
“The Advent Season is the beginning of the church year and brings another chance to share our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with the rest of the world as we celebrate His birth into this sinful world,” LAMP USA President David Schneeberger writes in the introduction to this year’s devotional. “I pray you will see and hear the love of Christ through each of the devotions written by the LAMP family, volunteers, and staff as …

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[November 19, 2015]
Rev. Dr. Les Stahlke

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) met November 16 and appointed Rev. Dr. Les Stahlke of Edmonton as its consultant for the restructuring process now unfolding in LCC.
Dr. Stahlke, CEO of GovernanceMatters, has participated in similar ventures for both secular and church-related organizations in numerous countries. An LCC pastor, Stahlke served many years as Executive Director of LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots).
Commenting on Dr. Stahlke’s appointment, CCMS chairman Rev. Bill Ney noted that the restructuring process is moving into high gear. “Very …

Education News, Headline »

[November 18, 2015]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Each May at the annual Call Service Concordia Luthern Theological Seminary has the opportunity to confer two major awards on worthy pastors or lay members of Lutheran Church–Canada. The recipient of the “Friend of the Seminary” award is nominated by the faculty or Board of Regents for making a significant contribution to the well-being of the seminary.
The Delta Chi Medal, by contrast, is awarded by the seminary on behalf of the wider church. This “highest and most distinguished award” is “presented to an individual, either clergy …