VANCOUVER – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is gearing up for its triennial national convention, taking place June 6-9, 2014 on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The event will see approximately 250 lay and clergy representatives from across the nation gather together to conduct the business of the church, including the election of synod’s president and vice-presidents.
The first session of the national convention will take place Friday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. That evening, conference participants will travel to Vancouver’s Holy Rosary Cathedral, where they will be joined by hundreds of local Lutherans to celebrate the convention’s opening Divine Liturgy. The cathedral seats 700 and is expected to be full. LCC’s President Robert Bugbee will preach at the event, focusing on the convention’s theme: “Come to Him who answers prayer” (Psalm 65:2).
Elections will begin on Saturday (a full list of presidential and vice-presidential nominees is available online here). Also occurring on Saturday are a number of workshops on such topics as church relations, prayer, Bible reading, intercultural ministry, LCC’s missions, finding sustainable funding, and congregational outreach. These workshops are free and open to the general public.
Also on Saturday, Rev. Kurt Reinhardt will take the stage to begin his plenary presentation on prayer, entitled “As Dear Children Ask Their Dear Father.” Rev. Reinhardt will return to complete his presentation on Monday. On Sunday, Deacon Jennifer Shack will present on “The History and Biblical Foundation of the Diaconate in LCC.” Find out more about the essayists and their topics here.
For more information on the business of the convention, including resolutions and overtures, please refer to the Convention Workbook and Today’s Business, all available online here. All business sessions are open to the general public. For more information on the convention, see the official agenda here.
There are a number of ways to keep up to date with convention news online. Be sure to regularly visit the convention’s website at synod2014.lutheranchurch.ca, where you can watch a live-stream of proceedings (due to technical limitations, the opening worship service will not be live-streamed). The daily newsletter and more will all be posted on the convention website. Major news stories will also be posted online at CanadianLutheran.ca.
Lutheran Church–Canada has 65,000 members in more than 300 congregations across the nation, served by approximately 250 active pastors and 100 deacons. LCC is a member of the International Lutheran Council. A number of its international partner churches have sent representatives to bring greetings to the convention.