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[June 19, 2018 | One Comment | ]

The Odessa Seminary in Ukraine hosted its graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9th where four students received their theological diplomas after completing a three-year course together. Dr. James Gimbel of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton and Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Catharines attended the ceremony on behalf of LCC. Dr. Torgerson was appointed by the CLS Board of Regents in 2015 to serve as Rektor of the Seminary in the Ukraine for this cohort of students.
The graduation started with a morning service for the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in …


In: Education News, Feature Stories, Headline, International News

[June 14, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) has been in regular contact with Lutheran Synod of Nicaragua (ILSN) and the Christian Mission Association in Nicaragua (AMCN) regarding the ongoing instability in Nicaragua. On May 29th, ILSN and AMCN advised LCC that they no longer view it as safe to send mission teams and other representatives to Nicaragua, due to the escalating unrest and uncertainty.
LCC has responded by sending funds requested by the mission in the amount of $2,650 (USD) to assist with immediate needs for food. The funds were provided by the Nicaragua team …


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[May 31, 2018 | No Comment | ]

On May 29th, representatives from the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua (ILSN) and Christian Mission Association in Nicaragua (AMCN), advised Lutheran Church Canada (LCC) that they no longer view it as safe to send mission teams and other representatives to Nicaragua, due to the escalating unrest and uncertainty.
The current situation in the Central American nation of Nicaragua has grown more tense since changes to the country’s social security system triggered protesters to take to the streets for the past month. The protests have prompted clashes between protesters, the government, and …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, International News, Mission News

[May 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

HAMILTON, Ont. — At its annual Awards Banquet, Friday, May 4, the Canadian Church Press (CCP) presented three Awards of Merit to The Canadian Lutheran, the magazine of Lutheran Church–Canada.
A movie review of “Silence” written by Rev. Ted Giese received a first-place award. In his remarks on the article, the judge called it “An impressive review, that would be fully acceptable in any secular, major, publication.”
A series of three articles on the Reformation 500 theme authored by Mathew Block , Rev. Dr. Edward Kettner, and Kelly Klages was awarded third …


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[April 25, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
Earlier this month, people throughout Canada, North America, even the world learned of the horrific bus crash in rural Saskatchewan involving the members and those connected with the Humboldt Broncos Jr. Hockey Team. Following this tragedy as I attended worship in a couple of different churches in our East District of Lutheran Church–Canada, I was encouraged and personally strengthened by the prayers spoken by the pastors on behalf of those involved and for those affected either directly or indirectly. Now, only 17 days later, on Monday, April 23, …


In: Headline, News, Theological reflection

[April 24, 2018 | No Comment | ]

STADTHAGEN, Germany – A special convention of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK) convened Thursday, April 19 to elect a bishop upon the expiration of the current bishop’s term of office. Rev. Hans-Jörg Voigt was elected in 2005 to serve a twelve-year term.
To prepare for the 2018 convention, last year SELK’s national pastoral conference nominated Bishop Voigt and Pastor Markus Nietzke as candidates for the position. During the Thursday afternoon session, the two candidates responded to questions submitted by delegates prior to the gathering. Forty-seven voting delegates participated in …


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