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

Sing to the Lord a New Song
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Report of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy (LOPP)

The LOPP works through KAIROS ( www.kairoscanada.org), the Canadian Council of Churches ( www.ccc-cce.ca), Project Ploughshares ( www.ploughshares.org), and the Churches Council on Justice and Corrections. KAIROS has five program committees (Human Rights, Aboriginal Rights, Education and Animation, Global Economic Justice, and Social Development). The ELCIC supports the work of the CCC’s Commission for Justice and Peace, the Ecumenical Health Care Network and the Biotechnology Taskforce. In addition to the director there are a number of volunteers that serve as ELCIC representatives on these bodies. My sincere thanks to Roseanne Thede (AB), Carl Rausch (QC), Martin Appavoo (ON), Lowell Nussey (ON), and Richard Crossman (ON) for their invaluable support of our work.

The following are some of the key areas of work since September 2002:

Engaging Globalization as an LWF Communion

  • Participated in ELCA Ethicists meeting in Vancouver to discuss LWF paper, Engaging Globalization as a Communion.
  • Consulted with ELCIC members and drafted a response to the LWF.
  • Planning Committee for the North American Consultation on Globalization January 2004.

Global Economic Justice

  • Continuing the Jubilee work on debt cancellation.
  • Working on alternatives to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).
  • Participated in the WCC/LWF/CCC Ecumenical Team on Financing for Development.

March to War and Building Peace

  • Supported Church Leader’s September 25, 2002.
  • Bishop’s Pastoral Letter to ELCIC synods and congregations and letter of support for Canada’s position against the war in March 2003.
  • Supported the Project Ploughshares Petition Campaign which received 30,000 signatures in support of peace.
  • Advertisement opposing war in the Globe and Mail, March 1, 2003. Church Leader’s February 28, 2003 Letter to Prime Minister encouraging government to give alternatives an opportunity and not to involve Canada in war on Iraq.

Support for Canada’s Public Health Care System

  • Canadian Council of Churches Roundtable on Future of Health Care and Council of Canadians Conference in Ottawa, February 6–8, 2003.
  • Made submission to the Romanow Commission on the future of health care—A Citizen Based Ethic for Health Care—and supported submissions by the Ecumenical Health Care Network to the Commission and the senate Committee.
  • Participated in the Lutheran Health Care Association Conference in January 2003 on the future of health care in Canada.

Aboriginal Rights

  • KAIROS-ARC presentation to House of Commons Standing Committee on First Nation’s Governance Act.
  • Hosted Church Leader’s Roundtable with National Chief Coon Come and representatives from the Assembly of First Nations on March 19 2003.
  • Organized meeting with Grand Chief Dennis White Bird and representatives of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs on March 21, 2003.

Social Policy

  • Developing alternative policies for affordable housing and income security.
  • Letter writing campaign and workshops for Appeal Process for Refugees.
  • Organizing $200,000 in PLURA grants to low income people’s projects.

Biotechnology

  • Victory in the Supreme Court in Harvard’s efforts to patent the "Onco Mouse."
  • Production of "Patent Pending" Biotechnology Resource.

Sustaining Creation

  • Monitoring Kyoto Protocol implementation on climate change.
  • Workshops on climate change across the country.
  • Early discussions on denominational policy regarding genetically modified foods.
  • Watching on water issues regarding commodification and opening door to trade.

Education and Animation

  • Working to develop and strengthen the 200 plus KAIROS regional committees across Canada.
  • Developing educational resources Living Hope: Building Movements for Justice for use in churches and in regional KAIROS committees.
  • Supported a 17 person delegation to the Global Social Forum in Port Allegre in Brazil in January 2003.

Respectfully submitted,

Rev Dr David Pfrimmer, Director
Lutheran Office for Public Policy

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