New Zealand cyclone: a message from LCNZ Bishop Mark Whitfield
Two weeks after a massive rain and flooding event caused devastation in northern Aotearoa–New Zealand, Cyclone Gabrielle has this week hit the same areas of our North Island, leaving a trail of destruction.
Nominations call for Lutheran nurses award
Nominations are open for the Lutheran Nurse of the Year award for 2023. The award recognises faithful and outstanding service during the preceding calendar year by a registered or enrolled nurse who is an active member of a Lutheran congregation in Australia or New Zealand.
Churchwide Office to address $1.5m annual deficit
Meeting in Melbourne for the in-person sessions of the 20th General Convention of Synod, delegates were informed in a presentation by GCB member Mel Zerner that the church’s headquarters in North Adelaide is operating with an annual shortfall of approximately $1.5m.
Synod welcomes Finke River Mission delegates
Melbourne’s city skyline was a stark contrast to the vast verdant landscape of Central Australia for four Aboriginal delegates attending the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand’s 20th Convention of General Synod from 9 to 12 February 2023.
LCANZ to explore one church; two practices of ordination
Today delegates at General Synod directed the church’s General Church Board and the College of Bishops to explore the theological, constitutional and governance issues involved in establishing ‘one church with two different practices of ordination’.
Let’s ‘build each other up’: youth consultants at General Synod offer a fresh perspective
Two young consultants who are attending Convention of General Synod at the invitation of Grow Ministries have reflected on their experience as first-time attendees.
Box Hill ordination proposal lost
Today the General Synod of the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) did not pass a proposal to change the teaching of the church which would have permitted the ordination of both men and women.
‘Join me in prayer for those suffering’: NZ Bishop
As people in parts of Aotearoa–New Zealand face the devastating aftermath of deadly floods there late last month, Bishop Mark Whitfield has invited all members of the LCANZ to join him in prayer for ‘those members of your whānau (family) who are suffering’.
Chance to celebrate learning together
Australian Lutheran College’s (ALC) Festival of Learning is back this month (February) as an exclusively online event, allowing attendees to participate from anywhere.
‘Please pray for our Synod’: LCANZ Bishop
LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith has urged the wider church to pray for the delegates, officials, organisers and volunteers who will meet for the in-person sessions of the LCANZ’s Convention of General Synod in Melbourne from 9 to 12 February.