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An update on the ABC District situation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NOTE: The following is a summary of information on the financial situation taking place in the ABC District, and is derived from news reports, official statements, and other communications The ABC District has announced that the District, ABC District Investments Limited (DIL), Encharis Community and Housing Services, and Encharis Management and Support Services (collectively referred as the “District Group”) have filed for and received an Initial Order under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on January 23, 2015. The Order sees the Court appoint an external Monitor—Deloitte Restructuring Inc.—to oversee restructuring ...

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LCC Pension Plan stable despite ABC District CEF troubles

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee wants Synod’s professional workers and employers to know that pensions are stable despite ongoing problems reported with the Church Extension Fund (CEF) in the Alberta-British Columbia District. “I’ve asked leaders of the LCC Worker Benefit Plans (WBP), to summarize just where we stand on this matter,” President Bugbee commented. “The insolvency of the ABC District and its CEF has caused confusion among some folks in the Synod who may fear for their pensions or for the pensions of pastors and deacons ...

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The Most Dangerous Countries in the World to be Christian

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

by James Morgan WORLD – In many parts of the world, being a Christian continues to be dangerous. Open Doors, an independent organization dedicated to assisting persecuted Christians around the world, has released its World Watch List 2015. The list contains the 50 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe. Among countries with the worst record, the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world is North Korea. Although the effectiveness of its leader, Kim Jong-Un, is in doubt by some experts, the official opposition towards religious faith ...

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Be careful in the woods

Friday, January 23, 2015

by Ted Giese Rob Marshal’s new adaptation of the Tony award winning musical Into The Woods is Disney’s most recent foray into live-action film musicals. As in the original, Marshal’s Into the Woods finds its story centred on folk tale characters made popular by the Brothers Grimm. Viewers will see everyone from Cinderella to Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood to Jack of Beanstalk fame, up on the big screen in a plot that weaves their stories together and plays their respective stories against each other. Add a baker and his barren ...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WORLD – Every year from January 18-25, Christian communities around the world mark a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The origins of the event date back to 1908. “Whether it happens to be this particular week in late January or not, I urge our people to include the matter of Christian unity time and again in their prayers,” said Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee. “The Lord Christ prayed for the unity of His people in John 17. We do well to attach our hearts to that great prayer of ...

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The Zombie Mission Field: CCSCF plans for 2015 conference

Monday, January 19, 2015

EDMONTON – The zombie mission field is all around us and is “ripe for the harvest,” says Rev. Dr. Bill Anderson, Director of the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (CCSCF). But there are also “zombie missionaries”—Christians who are mindlessly wandering around in endless missionary activity yet not realizing the opportunities that are right in front of them. Or as Kevin Sherwood puts it in his song Abracadavre: “They [zombies] show me that we are the same.” Sherwood is the composer of the zombie music for the acclaimed video ...

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A summary of the ABC District CEF situation

Friday, January 16, 2015

NOTE: The following is a summary of information on the current financial situation taking place in the ABC District, and is derived from news reports, official statements, and other communications. It is supplemented with new comments from LCC President Robert Bugbee. On January 5, the Alberta-British Columbia (ABC) District announced that, as a result of its Church Extension Fund (CEF) activities, it faces a serious financial situation which could potentially lead to the District’s closure. In a letter to investors that day, District President Donald Schiemann advised that the CEF was ...

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