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Nolan Astley appointed Interim Pastoral Leader for Alberta and British Columbia

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CANADA – On June 25, Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Board of Directors voted to appoint Rev. Nolan Astley as the Interim Pastoral Leader for Alberta and British Columbia. Rev. Astley also serves as First Vice President for LCC. LCC President Robert Bugbee had announced his recommendation for Interim Pastoral Leader earlier in June. The Alberta-British Columbia District Convention in May adopted a resolution separating the pastoral and corporate functions of the District President, acting on a recommendation from LCC’s Board of Directors. The Interim Pastoral Leader (who was to be appointed by ...

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Further Up and Further In

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

by Mathew Block I grew up in Saskatchewan, so you can understand when I say I don’t have much mountain climbing experience. But I have been lucky enough on a couple of occasions, while visiting more topologically diverse provinces, to do a bit of hiking in the mountains. If you’ve ever had similar opportunities, you know there’s nothing quite like reaching the summit. The process of getting there may be slow and arduous, but the payoff is worth it. From the mountain heights you can see forever, and suddenly you understand what ...

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New Third Vice President appointed for Lutheran Church–Canada

Friday, June 26, 2015

CANADA – Rev. Rudy Pastucha (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) has been appointed to serve as Third Vice-President of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) by action of the Synod’s Board of Directors (BOD). In late May, his predecessor, Rev. Mark L. Smith (Plumas, Manitoba), advised Synod leadership that he had accepted the call to serve as the Atlantic Canada area missionary for the East District, stationed in Halifax. As a result of this move from the Central District to the East District, Rev. Smith became ineligible to continue serving as LCC’s Third Vice President and as ...

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Update: Iranian refugee's deportation delayed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TORONTO – Yesterday The Canadian Lutheran reported the urgent need of Seyed Mustafa Moosavy Khansary, an Iranian convert to Christianity who was facing imminent deportation back to Iran yesterday evening. That action was cancelled yesterday afternoon. “Good News! Praise God!” wrote Rev. J. Derek Mathers in a Facebook update late yesterday. “Mustafa’s deportation was cancelled today and, for now, he remains in Canada.” He attributed the action to the “prayers of God’s people and the litigation of [Khansary’s] lawyer.” Rev. Mathers is pastor of the Church of St. Luke Lutheran in ...

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Lutheran pastor calls on Canadian Government to delay imminent deportation of Iranian convert to Christianity amidst fears for his life

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UPDATE: Khansary’s deportation (scheduled for June 23, 2015) was cancelled hours before it took place. The Canadian Lutheran has posted an update here. TORONTO – Members of the Church of St. Luke Lutheran in Toronto expressed dismay at the news that the Government of Canada intends to deport Seyed Mustafa Moosavy Khansary to Iran the evening of June 23. Khansary first began attending the Persian Fellowship at St. Luke in September 2013 and was a regular attendee until his detainment in June 2015. Rev. J. Derek Mathers brought attention to the deportation ...

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We Care in Nicaragua

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NICARAGUA – Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s (CLWR) “We Care” Program Coordinator Patrick Stewart recently participated in the distribution of the recent commodities shipment to Nicaragua, where CLWR works in partnership with Lutheran Church–Canada and the Iglesia Luterano Sinodo de Nicaragua (ILSN). Having the opportunity to visit with the mission staff and community members he offers this report: From 2010 to present, CLWR has dispatched three shipments to the ILSN, representing nearly $200,000 in material aid to support the mission’s transformative work amongst some of Nicaragua’s poorest communities. Dedication, transparency, trust and ...

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Former Edmonton pastor sentenced for child pornography

Friday, June 19, 2015

EDMONTON – On June 18, former Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) pastor Richard Docekal was sentenced to six months in custody for possession of child pornography. Docekal pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of drawings depicting children having sex with adults, often relatives. In early September 2014, Alberta-British Columbia (ABC) District President Donald Schiemann was informed of serious allegations against Rev. Docekal, including allegations of child pornography. President Donald Schiemann immediately informed police of these allegations, and the Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit began an investigation. That investigation culminated in the October 9 arrest ...

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