1. Inter-Luth. agency; became operative January 1967, representing ca. 99% of Canada's ca. 300,000 Luths. Represents The Ev. Luth. Ch. of Can. (see Canada, B 26), the Luth. Ch.-Can. (see Canada, B 28), the LCA-Can. Section (see Canada, B 27). Headquarters Winnipeg 2, Man., Can.
2. The LCIC succeeded the Canadian Luth. Council. A Commission on War Service was organized April 2, 1940, to represent the Luth. Ch. in appointment of chaplains and to help congs. keep in touch with service personnel. This commission was empowered by the fed. govt. March 14, 1946, to organize Canadian Luth. World Relief to serve Luths. in matters of immigration and material relief. A home mission conf. convened 1944 by the Commission on Am. Missions of the Nat. Luth. Council at Saskatoon, Sask., favored establishing a council similar to the NLC and took steps toward that goal. The Canada Committee of the Lutheran* World Fed. was formed May 1948. The Canadian Luth. Council was organized Winnipeg, Man., December 4, 1952. Charter mems.: American* Luth. Ch., Augustana* Ev. Luth. Ch., The Evangelical* Luth. Ch., Lutheran* Free Ch., United Ev. Luth. Ch. (see Danish Lutherans in America, 5), The United* Luth. Ch. in America. Divisions: Canadian Missions, Pub. Relations, Welfare, Student Service, War Service.
3. LCIC purposes and objectives:
a. To further the witness, the work, and the interests of the participating bodies.
b. To seek to achieve theological consensus in a systematic and continuing way on the basis of the Scriptures and the witness of the Lutheran Confessions.
c. To provide an instrumentality through which the participating bodies may work together in fulfilling their responsibility of Christian service where co-ordination or joint activity is deemed by them to be desirable and feasible (Constitution of Lutheran Council in Canada, Art. IV). To achieve these objectives the council provides a forum for discussions; establishes procedures and provides resources for theol. study and discussion; promotes understanding and helpful relationships with other Luth. chs. in Can.; brings to the attention of participating bodies matters which may need action; represents the interests of the council, and of participating bodies so requesting, in matters requiring common action before the public in Can., the govt., and organized agencies and bodies outside the Luth. Ch.; makes studies and surveys; performs specific services for participating bodies; establishes liaison with inter-Luth. groups; takes necessary steps to meet emergencies. Additional functions may be undertaken upon approval by two-thirds of the participating bodies.
4. Clergy and lay representatives of participating chs. est. and supervise the program carried on through 6 divisions and 1 committee: a. Division of Theol. Studies; all participating bodies take part. b. Division of Soc. Services. c. Division of Canadian Missions. d. Division of Campus Foundation Activity. e. Division of Educational Services. f. Division of Pub. Relations. g. Committee on Youth Activities. WAS
See also Canada, B 30.
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