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Host Church National Bishop
Welcomes You to Winnipeg
Dear Assembly Participants,
delighted to welcome you to Winnipeg on behalf of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
at the geographic center of this huge country and one of the oldest
Lutheran settlements in western Canada. Many refugees and immigrants
from Europe landed here, then migrated to other provinces where they
started Lutheran congregations.
It is a great
privilege for us to host such an international assembly of
delegates, guests and visitors. We will be more than rewarded for
our work by the richness and variety of the experience that you will
bring to us.
volunteers and visitors from all parts of Canada will be among you
to make you feel at home and respond to your needs. We look forward
to telling you about this country and our church’s life within it.
We look forward to hosting you at worship and prayer, to being your
stewards, tour guides and friends in Christ.
the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is very important to the ELCIC.
In communion with other churches, we are able to experience the
breadth of God’s church in the world and participate in
initiatives that we cannot launch on our own.
The LWF Tenth
Assembly theme "For the Healing of the World," offers us a
powerful opportunity to play a pastoral role in the world’s
affairs. I write to you against a background of war in Iraq and the
use of force as a political strategy. In contrast, our communion
will address the ways in which we express peaceful ways to support
one another and the creation that God so loves.
extremely grateful for your partnership and look forward to your
coming with great hope.
peace to you all,
Raymond L. Schultz
ELCIC National Bishop
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