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Ninth Biennial Convention
Augustana University College, Cambros AB
June 12 - 15, 2003

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Report of National Church Council

This report of the ELCIC National Church Council (NCC) provides an overview of the activities of the council for the period from July 2001 to March 2003. It also makes specific recommendations that require action at the convention.

The report is based on the four roles assigned to National Church Council:

  1. Explore, promote and preserve Canadian Lutheran identity and Canadian character.
    1. A new Secretary
    2. A new Treasurer
    3. Assistants to the Bishop
    4. ELCIC Constitution and Bylaws
    5. Strategic directions
    6. Candidacy Manual
    7. New Guidelines
    8. Communication
    9. Conventions
    10. Worship resources
    11. Women in Ministry
    12. Court of Adjudication findings in the Richard Holm Case
    13. Formation of a Chinese Special Interest Conference
    14. Committee on Faith, Order and Doctrine

  2. Establish and maintain relationships with churches and ministries beyond the ELCIC.
    1. Vision for Mission
    2. ELCIC and partner churches
    3. Lutheran World Federation
    4. Lutheran World Federation Regional Office in North America
    5. Public Policy
    6. Relationship with Canadian Lutheran World Relief

  3. Provide national support of mission and ministries.
    1. ELCIC Group Services Inc (Pension and Benefit Plans)
    2. Evangelical Lutheran Women
    3. Global Hunger and Development Appeal

  4. Facilitate partnership with synods.
    1. Conference of Bishops
    2. Cooperation through Program Committees
    3. National Synod Consultations

  5. Miscellaneous

Appointments and Calls


Board of Directors
Janet Morley,
Rebekah Eckert,
Anne Strand
ELCIC Group Services, Inc.
Board of Directors
John Wolff,
Kurt Von Schilling,
Yvonne Myrehaug,
Bradford Senften,
Walter Schultz,
Ken Hanssen,
David MacIntosh
Lutheran Theological Seminary
Board of Directors
Carol O'Byrne,
Jeff Pym
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Board of Directors
Mark Wagschal,
Brian Koivu
ELCIC Representative to
the Anglican Council of General Synods
Mark Harris
Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission Bishop Michael Pryse,
Cam Harder,
Ilze Kuplens-Ewart,
Sharon Villetard,
Cynthia Halmarson (2001-2003),
Paul Johnson (2003)
Anglican Church of Canada
Council of Indigenous People
Frank Armistead
Volunteer Secretary,
Donald Storch
National Church Council vacancies Judy Verge,
Norman Thompson
LWF Regional Office
for North America Committee (NARC)
Judy Baribeau,
Paul Johnson (2003)
Canadian Council of Churches
Governing Board
Cynthia Halmarson (resigned Sept 2002),
Paul Johnson
Canadian Council of Churches,
Commission on Faith and Witness
Richard Crossman,
Elizabeth Wagschal
Canadian Council of Churches,
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Writing Team
Dawn Hutchings
Canadian Council of Churches,
National Christian Muslim Liaison Committee
Volker Greifenhagen
Canadian Council of Churches,
Ecumenical Health Care Network
David Pfrimmer
Canadian Council of Churches,
Biotechnology Reference Group
Richard Crossman
Canadian Council of Churches,
Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation
Timothy Hegedus

Calls Issued by NCC

Cynthia Halmarson Assistant to the National Bishop (resigned Sept 2002)
Arthur Leichnitz Assembly Coordinator, Lutheran World Federation
Terry Richardson Director General, Chaplaincy, Correctional Services Canada
Paul Johnson Assistant to the National Bishop, Ecumenical Affairs
Elaine Sauer Assistant to the National Bishop, Synodical Affairs
Lenora Grauer Hanger Line Chaplain, 17 Wing Winnipeg (Navy)
Robert Bouchard Base Chaplain, Land Force Central Area Training Centre, Meaford, ON

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