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Tenth Biennial Convention of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
July 21 - 25, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba

In Mission for Others


With this convention, a green set of vestments bearing the logo for this biennium is added for use in the National Church. The collection, especially constructed for this convention, includes:

  • a cope, a long vestment worn over an alb or surplice resembling a cloak or mantle, usually worn by bishops;
  • a chasuble, a long sleeveless vestment worn by a pastor when celebrating communion;
  • and two stoles, long scarves, worn over both shoulders by priests and bishops while officiating at worship.

Lois Powne constructed the vestments and reinterpreted the biennium logo as applique. Lois is employed as a seamstress for the Manitoba Theatre Centre Wardrobe Department. Originally from Goodlands, Manitoba, she is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics and a diploma in Education. She has taught sewing at the junior high school level and has done a wide variety of sewing work for such organizations as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera Company, Prairie Theatre Exchange and Stratford Festival Theatre. She has also done research and contract sewing for Parks Canada Historic Sites. A member of Christ Lutheran Church in Winnipeg, Lois is well known for her creative liturgical banners and pastoral stoles.

The main fabric from which these vestments were constructed was purchased from Alternative Trade, Canadian Lutheran World Relief. It was handwoven in India for MESH by one of several communities dedicated to enabling those handicapped by leprosy to earn their own living and gain dignity as human beings.

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