- Rediscovering Christmas: Dr Anna Krauß reflects on the genuine essence of Christmas, emphasizing unity and equality beyond commercialism. 🎄✨
- Advent Hymns: Explore Advent themes through hymns like ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ and others, shared by Anna Krauß.
- The Swedish Church’s Lucia services: light and faith amid darkness.
- CLC Engagements: From royal visits to collaborations and intern experiences, CLC remains actively involved in various ecumenical activities.
This Advent, CLC General Secretary Anna Krauss looks at three hymns that are specifically written for the season of Advent (not Christmas!). What are the big Advent themes they pick up and what is the history of each hymn? The chosen hymns are ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, ‘Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry’, and ‘Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending’. Watch the video series on Facebook https://bit.ly/clc-advent.
CLC Chair and LCiGB Bishop Tor B shares Bishop Munib Younan’s message: A Cry from Jerusalem, “I read this as a prophetic message opening a window for a alternative way to approach the destructive escalation of violence and hatred.”
“If only the world leaders would invest half as much money and energy into peacemaking as they invest in war. It is time to end violence over the Holy Land,” says Munib Younan, Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Read his full message here.
Photo: LWF/Romans Wong
On October 31, the CLC celebrated its 75th anniversary at the office with some greetings and panel discussions, and also at the Norwegian Church, inviting Lutherans and our friends together for the Reformation Day Service. Please see the video recordings of the events here.
The CLC’s 75th Anniversary, Part I
The Council of Lutheran Churches (CLC) is marking its 75th Anniversary and celebrating Reformation Day on Tuesday, October 31st. The celebration statrs in the office at 11am (46-48 Webber St, SE1 8QW).
The CLC’s 75th Anniversary, Part II
Interviews with past and present people of the CLC: history, student chaplaincy, present activities and future developments.
Selected liturgical texts from Sundays and Seasons 2023, Year A, copyright © 2022, and music from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright © 2006 Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress under license #SB174672. Copyrighted music © Reprinted and livestreamed with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A-741102. All rights reserved.
- CLC celebrates its 75th Anniversary and Reformation Day on October 31st, all livestreamed on CLC’s Facebook page.
- Welcoming Sharon as Chaplaincy Assistant for CLC Student Chaplaincy, focusing on youth work and international students.
- Introduction of Bolanle, who joins ILSC Student Chaplaincy for an internship.
- Rev. Joseph Nelson shares his experience participating in a CPCE consultation on “Christian Speaking of God”.
- Archbishop Urmas Viilma highlights the long-standing partnership between the Church of England and the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.
- Information about the Bill Snelson Young Ecumenists Fund.
- Upcoming safeguarding training by CLC’s safeguarding advisor, Simon Bass.
- Weekly Eucharist Services at CLC’s office.
- ‘Lutherans Inclusive’ monthly gatherings for LGBTQ+ Christians.
- Details about the Christmas Fairs in London.
- An ecumenical service at St Georges involving German Lutheran and Catholic Churches in London.
- Bach Vespers with Reformation Cantata performance at St Anne’s Lutheran Church.
We are looking for a co-opted committee member with recent financial / accounting expertise, with a good understanding of financial matters and accepted good practice in the areas of risks and controls to join our Finance Committee. The Finance Committee plays a vital role in providing assurance to the Board of Trustees in the areas of financial management and risk.
In line with the Finance Committee Terms of Reference, the co-opted member will:
- Review financial performance against plans and budgets.
- Advise on the appointment and reappointment of external auditors.
- Ensure that an effective risk management framework is in place.
- Advise and oversee the management of an effective system of internal controls.
- Attend six Finance Committee meetings a year, some of which are at CLC’s office near Waterloo station and others virtually, as well as any ad hoc Finance Committee meetings as may arise.
You’ll demonstrate the below essential skills:
- Qualified accountant with financial / accounting expertise.
- Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- CLC is a Christian organisation and although it is not essential to be a Christian, you will be willing to work in accordance with our ethos and values.
The role is unremunerated, expenses relating to committee work such as travel expenses will be reimbursed.
To find out more or if you would like to discuss the role before applying please contact our Finance Manager via the email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply please send your CV together with covering letter that outlines your motivation for the role to the email address (email@example.com).
Closing date for applications is 12th October 2023.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rev Paulina Hławiczka-Trotman on her election as the next bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain. We are delighted to see her take on this leadership role – Rev Paulina’s diverse background, pastoral commitment, and active engagement with contemporary social issues make her an outstanding choice for this position. We look forward to witnessing her continued dedication and contributions to the church as she embarks on this new journey. May her consecration and installation on the 20th of January next year in Liverpool be a joyful and blessed occasion for all.
Highlights from the LWF Assembly in Krakow: New Leadership, British Lutheran Delegation, and Exclusive Interviews
More than a thousand participants from around the Lutheran World Federation’s (LWF) member churches and partner organisations gathered in Krakow, Poland, 13-19 September to celebrate the gift of unity in diversity, and serve the neighbour under the theme ‘One Body, One Spirit, One Hope’. The Assembly elected LWF’s new council and president, Danish Bishop Henrik Stubkjær, a theologian, who is well known for his diaconal and ecumenical work. The Lutheran Church in Great Britain nominated the Council of Lutheran Churches’ General Secretary Dr Anna Krauß to the LWF Council, who was elected and chosen as the Chair of LWF Communications Committee.
After the first meeting of the LWF Council, which took place on September 20th, Anna Krauß expressed that her initial expectation was to have a more low-key role, perhaps within the committee for ecumenism or a similar area. Thus, her nomination and subsequent election as the Chair of the Communications Committee came as a great surprise. Furthermore, this role places her directly within the Executive Committee, marking a significant milestone for the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.
British Lutherans had a delegation of six members, including Bishop Tor B Jørgensen, who served as the official representative of the LCiGB. Dr. Anna Krauß represented LCiGB as a council candidate, while Rev Meelis Süld handled church communication, particularly on CLC’s social media. Rev Rebecca Daniel, the CLC Student Chaplain, took on a role as one of the stewards at the Assembly. In addition, both Rev Paulina Hławiczka-Trotman (who has now been elected as the next Bishop) and Rev Jo Jan Vandenheede participated with the endorsement of the LCiGB.
The CLC crafted daily video recaps of the Assembly days, also featuring interviews with LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Anne Burghardt and former LWF Vice-President for Central-Western Europe, Provost Astrid Kleist. An especially noteworthy moment was when the newly appointed LWF President, Bishop Henrik Stubkjær granted his first interview exclusively for CLC Facebook Live. You can view these interviews by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/100064910615062/992646181788373.
Updates from the Council of Lutheran Churches – July Newsletter
* Welcome Service for 4th President Dr Anna Krauß
* Weekly Eucharist Services’ Video Archive
* General Secretary’s Visit to Leeds
* Lutherans at London Pride – Unconditionally Loved
* Safeguarding Training – Save the Date!
* Drinking in the Spirit – A fundraising event in Leeds
* Bach Vespers at St Anne’s in London
* Summer Break (Finnish Church Closure, Swedish Church Closure)
* Next Newsletter in September