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[January 11, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – After serving Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) church workers since 1989, LCC Worker Benefit Plans became an independent corporation, LCC Worker Benefit Services Inc., on January 1, 2018. Adopting the new name and revising its internal governance does not change any group health benefits or the pensions for the 891 active and retired pastors, deacons and other church employees enrolled in the plan. Neither does it fundamentally change its relationship with employers: congregations, institutions, and organizations.
“LCC’s Board of Directors began looking into establishing an independent delivery organization for worker benefits …


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[January 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG — The Board of Directors of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) announced the appointment of Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter as CLWR’s incoming Executive Director. She will begin her service February 5, 2018 allowing a six-week overlap with retiring Executive Director Robert Granke.
Outgoing Lutheran Church–Canada President, Dr. Robert Bugbee, noted, “CLWR has had a long history of addressing human need ever since its original work with refugees and displaced persons after the Second World War” and observed that in recent years, the agency has “rededicated itself to a renewed effort in …


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[January 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

OTTAWA – Changes to a popular Government of Canada employment grant program are causing controversy within faith-based organizations. The Trudeau government has changed the guidelines for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Organizations that apply for funding to employ a student over the summer months will now have to attest support for individual human rights according to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The federal government has included LGBTQ2 and abortion rights in the attestation.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) states on its website that the government’s guidelines could in …


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[January 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – In his final communication with members of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee expresses his thanks to God for the almost ten years he spent serving the Canadian church. “For anything I was able to do or say that ended up building Christ’s kingdom and helping you, I owe all the credit to God and His mercy,” he writes. He goes on to ask forgiveness from God and His people “for actions of mine that were defective or hurtful.”
One of the major accomplishments during his tenure was the restructuring …


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[January 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Rev. Dr. Bill Anderson, Professor of Religious Studies at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE), is pleased to announce the publication of his third book, Atheism and the Christian Faith. Dr. Anderson is a pastor on the roster of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC).
Atheism and the Christian Faith is an edited anthology of the proceedings from the 2016 conference of the same name published by Vernon Press. The book advances arguments around serious philosophical issues of direct relevance to contemporary society. It will be of interest to a broad range of scholars …


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[January 5, 2018 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Video from Lutheran Church–Canada’s 2017 convention is now online. The video includes both the opening worship service and all six business sessions.
The eleventh synodical convention, held in Kitchener, Ontario, was broadcast live online on Livestream and Facebook, but that video eventually expired after several weeks online. That footage has now been re-posted on YouTube.
Watch the video of the opening worship service and business sessions of the convention below:
Opening Worship Service

Business Session 1

Business Session 2

Business Session 3

Business Session 4

Business Session 5 (Part 1)

Business Session 5 (Part 2)
Business Session 6

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