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June 23, 2009

Final preparations for ELCIC National Convention underway at UBC campus

As Lutherans from across Canada prepare to meet in Vancouver for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) Twelfth Biennial National Convention, final preparations are underway at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus where delegates will gather. Over 400 delegates, visitors, staff and special guests will be a part of the convention business meetings and worship services, which will officially start on Thursday, June 25 and conclude Sunday, June 28.

Special guests in attendance will include The Right Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Rev. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church-Canada, and The Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran World Federation. Special guests bring greetings from their churches and represent just a few of the church bodies with whom the ELCIC shares ministry and history. Younan, Hiltz and Hanson will also each lead delegates in a Bible study as part of the convention agenda.

Delegates will have full agendas ahead of them once the National Convention is underway. Business on the agenda will include: approving national budgets for 2010 and 2011; a resolution on the Holy Land which would see the ELCIC supporting and working for justice and peace in the region through prayer, education, advocacy and accompanying; as well as additional motions from congregations and individuals that are presented at convention through the Committee on Reference and Council. Elections will also take place for vacancies on National Church Council, Group Services Inc. Board of Directors and for individuals to the Court of Adjudication and Nominating Committee.

Other highlights at the National Convention include forums which will take place as part of the Friday afternoon agenda. The workshops, which centre on each of the ELCIC’s five organizing pillars (Effective Partnerships, Compassionate Justice, Spirited Discipleship, Focus Framework and Diverse Faces) adopted by National Church Council in March 2008, are designed to be interactive and include strategies for helping members express faithful mission through their congregations and in their local context.

Information and highlights on the National Convention, as it happens, can be found online at: www.elcic.ca/In-Convention/2009-Vancouver

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