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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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[March 8, 2018 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – A Spring Quest course from Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton (CLS) taught by Dr. John Maxfield will continue tracing the development of the Reformation. Beginning Wednesday, April 11, the four-week course picks up the timeline after Luther’s dramatic confrontation with the emperor at the Diet of Worms in 1521.
The evening sessions at the seminary or online will trace the developments of Luther’s Reformation, first from exile, then as he takes up leadership of the reform movement in Wittenberg, and finally to the challenges of shaping the reform of Christendom …

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[March 2, 2018 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Regents from both Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) seminaries, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS), St. Catharines and Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS), Edmonton, met for their annual joint meeting January 30, 2018 in Edmonton as outlined in their 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
During the joint sessions each seminary shared details about enrolment trends and projections, budget, and financing, as well as highlights of the mission they share training pastors, deacons, and leaders of LCC. Topics of discussion included the impact of the restructuring on each seminary’s Bylaws and Policies, since revisions …

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[January 25, 2018 | One Comment | ]

WINNIPEG- The president of Lutheran Church–Canada, Rev. Timothy Teuscher, joined 80 other Canadian religious leaders and faith-group representatives calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada to “amend the Canada Summer Jobs guidelines and application process so that it does not compel agreement or belief, and allows religious organizations to stay true to their communal identity and beliefs.” Currently, applicants for the federal funding must attest to upholding Charter Rights including its “underlying values” such as reproductive rights (abortion) and LGBTQ2 rights.
The letter affirms that “the promise …

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[October 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released the 2017 edition of its annual Mission Newsletter.
“The 2017 Mission Newsletter presents just a few snapshots of what the Lord Jesus has accomplished in the lives of people through the missions and social ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada this year—how communities have been graced by His love and mercy,” explains Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel in the introduction to this year’s newsletter. Dr. Neitzel is LCC’s Executive for Missions and Social Ministry.
The theme for this year’s publication draws on LCC’s 2017 convention theme—Christ Alone, Christ …

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[November 2, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Norman J. Threinen
“History is bunk.” So said Henry Ford in an interview recorded by the Chicago Tribune in 1916. Grade school students, who have been subjected to history as a bewildering collection of largely irrelevant dates which they were forced to memorize, may be inclined to agree with Ford’s comment. Perhaps many other people in our culture will also agree with it as they bustle and run after the “new” and the “now.” In view of the approaching 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017, is there something …

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