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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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From the Office of the Bishop


Winnipeg, March 21, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The March 14-16 meeting of the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) in Winnipeg was the first opportunity that council members had had to meet face-to-face since elections in July 2001 at the Waterloo Convention. Their September meeting was cancelled because of problems with travel arrangements in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States at that time.

While a significant portion of the NCC meeting was devoted to the development of new committees, the council also took care of many other matters.

Adopted two proposals from the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission: “Guidelines for Common Worship” and “Guidelines for Anglican and Lutheran Priests and Pastors Serving Term Appointments in Each Other’s Churches.”

Approved on a provisional basis the “Order of Service for Ordination of a Bishop.”

Designated Sunday, October 6, 2002, as Youth Ministry Sunday in congregations of the ELCIC.

Created a council task force to review the recommendations from the Women in Ministry study.

Noted that responsibility for matters related to Caring Conversations will reside with the program staff in the National Office.

Endorsed a proposal to raise $200,000 to fund the ELCIC hosting of the Lutheran World Federation’s 10th Assembly.

Appointed a task force to explore changes in size, format and composition of national conventions, and to consider the suggestion to plan and hold regular “church festivals.”

In response to a letter from the BC Synod Council, affirmed the position presented by the National Bishop and supported by the conference of bishops that an “acting bishop” is not included in the conference of bishops and is not invited to its meetings, is an interim administrator, and does not ordain or preside as chief pastor of the synod. While the term “acting bishop” is being used in British Columbia, it was acknowledged that a more appropriate term needs to be developed to describe this role.

Authorized a one-time withdrawal of $120,000 from LIFE equity to clear the ELCIC’s 2001 budget deficit.

Authorized a LIFE loan of $20,000 at 5% interest to Canada Lutheran to cover the magazine’s 2001 deficit.

Approved a proposal for a Luther League Legacy endowment fund.

Appointed Rev. Cindy Halmarson as the ELCIC representative to the Canadian Council of Churches.

Approved a change to the ELCIC’s Administrative Bylaws which reflects that the national church is no longer able to provide bonding for its synods, auxiliaries and congregational treasurers.

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