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[March 22, 2017 | One Comment | ]

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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[March 16, 2017 | 5 Comments | ]
Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee

CONNECTICUT, U.S.A. – Lutheran Church–Canada members are encouraged to keep LCC President Robert Bugbee in prayer as he recuperates from recent surgery.
President Bugbee had been visiting family in Connecticut while on vacation when he fell following a storm. This resulted in two fractures to his ankle, and required his hospitalization.
President Bugbee underwent surgery on March 16. He hopes to return to Canada near the end of the week.

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[March 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Reformation anniversary banners.

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is pleased to make available two banner patterns in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The first banner was designed by Kelly Klages. It shows Luther’s Rose, growing from the roots of the Reformation, while a cross stands in the background. Luther’s Rose was Martin Luther’s personal seal, and is widely recognized as a symbol for Lutheranism more generally. Its colours and symbols portray the doctrine of salvation by faith in Christ.
The second banner was designed by Barbara Kuehn, based on a concept by …

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[March 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Padraic Delany stars as reformer Martin Luther in Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. (Image: Courtesy Boettcher+Trinklein Inc.)

CANADA – The radical events, compelling personalities, and exciting drama of the Reformation are brought to life in Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. This new full-length documentary features thrilling reenactments of the sixteenth-century events with commentary from leading church-history experts. The film, which was sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, is now available to schedule for a showing in your community.

The film features narration by Hugh Bonneville, best known for his acting on Downton Abbey. Pádraic Delaney, known for his work on television series The Tudors and …

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[March 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – The 2015 statistics for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) have been released and they note, for the first time ever, a decrease in membership to below 60,000 members.
In 2015, LCC counted a baptized membership of 58,745. That’s down from the year previous, when baptized membership was at 60,291. Confirmed membership is likewise down, sitting at 45,018 in 2015 (down from 46,673 members in 2014). LCC’s baptized membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 1999, while confirmed membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 2001.
Average weekly attendance at congregations also continued …

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