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[January 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WORLD – Christians around the world are recognizing the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes this year from January 18-25. The call for Christian unity takes on renewed significance in 2017, as this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Lutherans recognize the Reformation as a tragic necessity—tragic in that it led to the division of the church, but necessary in its move to restore biblical clarity to the church’s teachings on justification, among other doctrines.
Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) takes seriously Jesus’ call for unity in His …

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[January 5, 2017 | One Comment | ]

GERMANY – While most Canadians celebrated the Christmas season in relative comfort, that wasn’t the case for all people across the world. In particular, one German pastor is raising the situation of Iranian and Afghan converts to Christianity living in Germany, who are facing mass deportation despite the dangers they will certainly face if they are returned to their homelands.
Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Steglitz, a member congregation of Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK). This congregation, along with several other SELK churches, have …

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[November 1, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by James Morgan
Being a Christian and going to church is a pretty easy thing for Canadians to do—but for people in many other parts of the world, these can be dangerous acts. Persecuted Christians in many places face intimidation by government authorities, discrimination in schools and workplaces, imprisonment, torture, and death, as well as broken families and divided communities.
The 2016 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) takes place November 13. IDOP Canada urges congregations and individuals to pray for the protection and safety of Christians in places …

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[October 25, 2016 | No Comment | ]

GERMANY – From October 11-13, the International Lutheran Council (ILC) held its Sixth World Seminaries Conference. Taking place in Wittenberg, Germany, the conference saw representatives from more than 30 ILC churches attend, with nearly 30 additional guests present representing other church bodies.
Canadian participants included Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel (President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton), Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger (President of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario), Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee (President of Lutheran Church–Canada and Vice-Chairman of the ILC), and Mathew Block (Communications Manager for LCC and editor of the ILC’s …

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[September 1, 2016 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – Approximately 60 people gathered for the installation of Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) missionary to Ukraine, Rev. Oleksiy Navrotskyy, as pastor in Nikolaev on August 21.
“I am excited to minister to this congregation, and to serve the surrounding community with the Gospel,” Rev. Navrotskyy writes of his new call. “I pray the Lord will help us to build up a church zealous to share the Gospel within our church’s community.”
Bishop Alexander Urchenko of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) led the service, preaching on Exodus 3:4-17. Bishop …

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[August 18, 2016 | No Comment | ]

GERMANY – Representatives of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) were active participants in a special service hosted by the “Old Latin School” in Wittenberg on Sunday, August 14. The International Lutheran Study and Visitors’ Center, housed in the school building (which dates to 1567), marked the retirement of its former Managing Director, Rev. David Mahsman, as well as the induction of incoming Director Kristin Lange, appointed to her post by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS along with the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) in Germany have served as sponsoring church …

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