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Lutheran World Federation Tenth Assembly

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July 21 - 31, 2003
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

The Church's Ministry of Healing

1. Share some healing experiences from your church. What part has faith played in those experiences?

Healing/Worship Services

  • laid hands on child and child was healed
  • healing services Sunday morning and evening
  • Pastor has healing service in home and hospital
  • Taize services
  • healing service part of Sunday morning with lay assistants who work in healing
  • profession
  • public healing services have resulted in pastoral resignations and/or massive divisions within congregations, very negative experience
  • communion to sick and shut ins


  • prayer chain
  • welcoming people with diseases
  • ELW members pray for each other
  • special prayers for an ill child
  • a leader announced his serious illness and asked for prayers

Listening and Caring

  • sharing of personal experiences by a nurse
  • being accepted, enabled to feel part of the church family
  • visiting the sick and troubled
  • a lonely, single, disabled member invited a lapsed member to Christmas meal.
  • lapsed member returned to church

Faithful leadership of pastors and parents


Renewal and strengthening of faith

2. How is individual healing related to wider social issues such as poverty, racism, alcoholism, etc.?

"I cannot help everyone, but I can help one person at a time" — Mother Theresa

Individual Healing affects others

  • in order to be a healer one must be healed
  • if individuals are not at a place of emotional, physical, spiritual health, it is hard to look beyond to those outside of ourselves, either within our communities or beyond
  • inner healing is essential before social healing can occur
  • you share healing and it rubs off/support and empathy

Social Awareness

  • education plays a big part
  • showing friendship
  • increases awareness of food banks, women's shelters, etc.
  • speak out against racism
  • many diseases exacerbated by social problems
  • changes in system help healing take place
  • poverty, racism, alcoholism are illnesses. Help the healing by prayer
  • a voice for structural, societal healing

Within the Church

  • Church delegates should have a greater chance in participating with social issues;
  • input in decision making re bio-ethical issues, human rights issues and principles
  • there is protection and deliverance in the name of Jesus
  • one-by-one people come to faith

3. How should the ELCIC (and your congregation) be addressing healing challenges in our world today?

Through Prayer

Reaching Out to Individuals

  • love and concern
  • recognition of needs of others
  • making available caring, trained counselors (deaconesses, nurses)
  • visit elderly, shut-ins, bereaved, lonely
  • offer support to each other

Within the church community

  • service of healing
  • spiritual healing necessary for physical healing
  • laying on of hands as a regular part of the church service
  • spread the Gospel
  • strong music programs
  • attempt to do what we preach

Through Community Outreach

  • support of GHDA, CLWR, community social programs
  • support affordable housing
  • addressing environmental concerns

With Education

  • ELCIC should be promoting the "wholeness" of inner self in order to help heal the world
  • speaking out
  • educating members about specific health facts
  • create awareness of needs worldwide

Bishop Ray asks:

As Lutherans in Canada prepare for the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Winnipeg, how can the church help in healing the relationship with First Nation's peoples?

Listening and Dialogue

  • make contact with First Nation people
  • individual members getting to know individual First Nation people
  • Bishops and Pastors attending meetings and discus the issues of First Nation people
  • listen to native peoples and hear their stories

Education, communication and involvement

  • promote self-awareness
  • involvement with them through LAMP
  • train indigenous people to become Pastors, leaders, spokespersons, etc
  • more information from ELCIC or CLWR re issues, problems, solutions, etc.

Treat all Respect and Dignity

  • treating First Nation people as equals in all respects First Nation people need to get back in touch with their own inner self and be proud of their heritage
  • respect their heritage
  • accept them as they are
  • each Canadian (including natives) must assume personal responsibility


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