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[May 6, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by James Morgan
When tragedy affects a small community, everyone feels it. The highway crash on April 6 that killed 16 people and injured 13 others aboard a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team is proof. Of course, Humboldt, Saskatchewan is officially a city, but it’s a small city. News reports from Humboldt in the weeks since the tragedy show it’s the kind of place where it’s impossible to walk down a supermarket aisle without meeting a friend, neighbour, or relative. And indeed, that’s true of the churches of …

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[May 4, 2018 | 4 Comments | ]

Increase in Bible study class attendance also reported
CANADA – The 2017 statistics for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) have been released and indicate that membership continues to decrease to just over 56,000 members.
In 2017, LCC counted a baptized membership of 56,620, down 2.8% from the year previous, when baptized membership was at 58,216. Confirmed membership has also declined, sitting at 43,494 in 2017 (down 2.7% from 44,666 members in 2016). LCC’s baptized membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 1999, while confirmed membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 2001.
LCC President Timothy …

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[April 27, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – At its April 26 conference call meeting Lutheran Church–Canada’s Board of Directors (BOD) addressed the procedure for updating congregational constitutions under LCC’s new structure.
On behalf of the BOD, President Timothy Teuscher has provided the following information:
Over the past few months questions have been raised in various parts of our synod as to the process and procedure congregations are to follow in amending their constitution in light of the restructuring of our synod.

The time frame for the transfer of ecclesiastical services to LCC from the districts is January 1, …

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[April 27, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – To prepare for the District conventions this fall, Synod’s Commission on Nominations and Elections (CNE) is asking each LCC congregation to bring forward names of pastors to serve as Regional Pastor, Circuit Counsellor, and a layperson to serve on the new Regional Mission and Ministry Councils. As members of Lutheran Church–Canada each congregation is requested and encouraged to submit two names for each position and may do so at an official meeting of the congregation whether a Voters Assembly, Church Council, or Board of Directors.
Congregations and parishes received printed …

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[April 26, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Congregations of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) have voted to approve Synod’s amended constitution by a large margin. Of the 300 congregations eligible to vote, 222 sent in ballots with 206 voting for adoption, 12 voting against the changes, one abstention, and three late ballots. Secretary of Synod, Grace Henderson announced the results today noting that to pass, the vote required a 2/3 majority of ballots received.
To plan for the possible positive vote by congregations, the Board of Directors’ Restructuring Working Group met April 10 by conference call to prioritize …

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[March 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

OTTAWA – Leaders representing Canada’s Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities issued a joint statement in response to the Liberal government’s ongoing requirement that applicants for the annual Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program agree to an “attestation” stating that the organization’s “core mandate” conforms with the current government’s interpretation of Charter rights that includes “reproductive rights.” The attestation has been described as a “values test.”
The open letter reports that “in spite of our ongoing efforts at dialogue with the government, which culminated in a meeting with Minister Hajdu on Wednesday, March 21, …

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