The ELCIC, through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is appealing to members for financial support to assist Syrians who have fled their homes due to ongoing violence in their home country.
ELCIC members are asked to donate to the appeal by making a designated offering donation for "2012 Syrian Refugee Relief " through their congregation.
More information can be found in a recent ELCIC news release.
Within the ecumenical sphere there are those relationships which take on the character of Full Communion. The ELCIC enjoys such a relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada under the terms of the Waterloo Declaration.
Anglicans and Lutherans increasingly gather in Waterloo Ministries - these are communities sharing rostered ministers, worship, facilities and programs. We regularly lift one another up in an annual Cycle of Prayer. And in July 2013, Lutherans and Anglicans will gather in Ottawa for a joint assembly.
National Bishop Susan Johnson encourages a call to spiritual renewal and deeper discipleship within our church, including: regular attendance at worship; daily prayer and scripture reading; yearly involvement in a program of study; regular service in the community (not just the congregation); regular and proportional giving similar to the understanding of the tithe found in scripture; and commitment to sharing the good news with those around us, beginning with our family and friends. Also known as: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell.
Resources are available on the Call to Spiritual Renewal section of this website for use as you begin this journey.