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Encyclopedia > Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) (French: Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne au 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. The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... LWF logo The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global association of national and regional Lutheran churches headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. ... The Canadian Council of Churches/le conseil canadien des églises is an ecumenical Christian forum of churches in Canada. ... The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an international Christian ecumenical organization. ...



The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada came into being in 1986 through the merger of two predecessor bodies the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (started in 1966 by Canadian congregations of the American Lutheran Church) and three synods of the Lutheran Church in America, called the Canada Section. In 1988 these two US church bodies ceased to exist as they merged into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the ELCIC's sister denomination in the United States. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A synod (also known as a council) is a council of a church, usually a Christian church, convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. ... The Lutheran Church in America (LCA) was a U.S. Lutheran church body that existed from 1962 to 1987. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The Church derives its teachings from the Bible and confess the three ecumenical creeds of the Christian Church--that is, the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada under the Waterloo Declaration. The Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon are the seminaries owned by the church. The Apostles Creed is an early statement of Christian belief, probably from the first or second century. ... Icon depicting the Holy Fathers of the First Council of Nicaea holding the Nicene Creed. ... The Athanasian Creed (Quicunque vult) is a statement of Christian doctrine traditionally ascribed to St. ... Anglican Church of Canada The Anglican Church of Canada (the ACC) is the Canadian branch of the Anglican Communion. ... The Waterloo Declaration or Called to Full Communion is an accord reached in 2001 by the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. ... Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. ... Lutheran Theological Seminary is a degree-granting theological school affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan. ...


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is composed of five synods (similar to a diocese in Anglican polity). The presiding officer and chief pastor of each synod is a bishop. Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ... Episcopalian government in the church is rule by a hierarchy of bishops (Greek: episcopoi). ...

  • The British Columbia Synod
  • The Synod of Alberta and the Territories
  • The Saskatchewan Synod
  • The Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod
  • The Eastern Synod

This structure is identical to the synod structure of the ELCA, except that the Canadian synods cover one or more entire provinces, whereas some ELCA synods cover the whole or part of a metro area and some cover several states. Like the ELCA a presiding bishop serves as its head, but in the ELCIC, this bishop is known as the "National Bishop." The Presiding Bishop is an ecclesiastical position in some denominations of Christianity. ...

National Bishops

  • Rev. Donald Sjoberg, 1986-1993
  • Rev. Telmor Sartison, 1993-2001
  • Rev. Raymond Schultz, 2001-2007
  • Rev. Canon Susan Johnson (elect), 2007-

Raymond L. Schultz B.A. M.Div. ...

Same-sex unions

In 2006, the Eastern Synod voted to allow individual pastors and congregations to conduct blessing of same-sex unions, prompting a dispute between the synod and the national church over which body has the authority to make such a decision. The national church had previously voted against blessings, and the ELCIC's full communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada, had voted to defer a decision. National Bishop Raymond Schultz said: "The Officers of this church will bring a recommendation to NCC [National Church Council] regarding the legality of the Eastern Synod resolution at the September 15-16, 2006 meeting to be held in Winnipeg...It would be advisable for congregations considering the blessing of same gender couples to wait until NCC has made a ruling on this matter before proceeding further." The Council agreed that Eastern Synod had exceeded its authority, but adopted a motion enabling the local option, which it announced it would bring to the 2007 National Convention [1]. Bishop Pryse of the Eastern Synod responded to the NCC ruling: The blessing of same-sex unions is a practice officially sanctioned in some parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the USA. It is also, according to the current Anglican Primate of Canada, widely practised in parishes of other churches of the Anglican Communion, without...

"After significant conversation, the Eastern Synod Council has determined that the Eastern Synod had both the right and obligation to pass this motion. We believe, however, that it would be prudent to refrain from acting on it at this present time. As such, we receive the ruling of National Church Council with deep regret." [2]

In November of 2006, Pastor Frank Haggarty, the pastor of the ELCIC's largest congregation, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario, announced that, given the approval of two thirds of the congregation, he would begin solemnising same-sex marriages. Bishop Pryse responded that if this occurred, he would impose the lightest forms of discipline [3]. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

On June 23, 2007, at it's National Convention, the ELCIC narrowly voted against authorizing the Synods to permit the blessing of same-sex unions [4][5].

External link

  • ELCIC Website

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - Waterloo Declaration (1650 words)
In 1983 Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans met to discuss the implications for the churches in Canada of the ongoing dialogue between Lutherans and Episcopalians in the United States.
We thus understand that the bishops of both churches are ordained for life service of the Gospel in the pastoral ministry of the historic episcopate, although tenure in office may be terminated by retirement, resignation or conclusion of term, subject to the constitutional provisions of the respective churches.
Wording in section B is derived from Concordat of Agreement between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, rev. January 1997, published for study by the Office of Ecumenical Relations of the Episcopal Church.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2840 words)
The Church is divided into 65 synods, one which is non-geographical (the Slovak Zion Synod) and 64 regional synods in the United States and the Caribbean, each headed by a synodical bishop and council.
The Church is a result of a merger between the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC), all of which had formally agreed in 1982 to unite after several years of discussions.
As a Lutheran church body, the ELCA professes belief in the "priesthood of all believers", or that all baptized persons have equal access to God and are all called to use their gifts to serve the body of Christ.
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