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[April 19, 2017 | One Comment | ]
Restructuring-Update---Bylaws

CANADA – The Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) has completed and placed the proposed new Act and Bylaws for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) online. Download the proposed bylaws here. [Note: An unfinished draft version of the bylaws was inadvertently posted when this news story went live. The link now leads to the correct, finalized version.]
Eleven regional convocations are being planned in order to give the whole church another opportunity to give input to the CCMS before the final bylaws are written. From the beginning the CCMS has sought to …


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[April 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA – In September 2016, Allen Schellenberg, as Lutheran Foundation Canada’s executive director, and the gift coordinator within the ABC District, attended the local meeting of pastors (a winkel) in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley Circuits with 14 congregations represented. His goal was to give them a short presentation on planned giving, as well as an overview of what was covered in the Foundation’s three-hour seminar on Christian estate planning.
After working eight years within the ABC District and presenting more than 100 seminars, Schellenberg found four congregations …


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[March 29, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations are reminded that nominations for president and vice-presidents of LCC are due by June 13, 2017.
Nomination forms were emailed on March 14 to those congregations who have emails on record with LCC’s synodical office in synod. Hard copies were mailed to all other congregations the day following.
Nominations for president take on a renewed sense of urgency this year, as LCC President Robert Bugbee announced in February that he would not be standing for reelection. At the time, he encouraged congregations to “start praying on …


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[March 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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TORONTO – An open letter to Ontario’s 107 legislators from faith leaders, including the president of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, asks the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to amend Bill 84 (Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act) to include the right of physicians and health-care workers to decline providing medical assistance in dying (MAID) based on their conscience. The bill amends various existing pieces of legislation to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia.
By including “conscience rights” the bill would address the current guidelines adopted by the …


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[March 22, 2017 | One Comment | ]
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ONLINE – Recognizing that many people are not able to travel to visit Reformation museums and displays in 2017, four German museum organizations along with three American partners have worked together to produce a free Reformation-themed exhibition that anyone can download and print for free—or, alternately, view online.
The exhibition “#HereIStand: Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Results” is a modular poster exhibition, meaning interested parties can print and display anywhere from 9 to 30 posters reflecting on the Reformation and its impact for today (posters are 84.1 x 59.4 cms …


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[March 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]
CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke addresses LCC's 2014 synodical convention.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has announced the forthcoming retirement of Robert Granke, Executive Director of the organization. Marcus Busch, President of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Board of Directors, announced the news in a release March 16.
Executive Director Granke will retire effective March 31, 2018. He has been Executive Director since March 1, 2006. Granke first began his career with CLWR in March of 1977—meaning he had completed 40 years of service at the time his retirement was announced.
CLWR President Marcus Busch praised Robert Granke’s …


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