Reflective Discussions ‘War and Peace: Christian Faith and the Use of Violence’

St Anne’s Lutheran Church in London will be holding a series of reflective discussion sessions on the theme ‘War and Peace: Christian Faith and the Use of Violence’ and would like to warmly invite members of other CLC churches to join for any or all of them. Please find below the invitation: 

Every year, Christians and other communities in the UK mark the end of WWI with a minute of silence on Remembrance Sunday. Mixed emotions and profound questions often accompany this day: Does such remembering glorify or condemn violence? Is it ever legitimate, or even an obligation, that Christians take up arms and fight? How do we reconcile the conflicting views on pacifism and the use of force we encounter in the Bible, different Christian traditions, and our own congregations?

This year, in the light of the Russia’s war against Ukraine, these questions may be more pressing for us than ever. We want to take time to reflect on them, to learn from each other, share and reconsider our views, and listen to what the Spirit has to tell us for our lives and world today.

In a series of three reflective discussion sessions, we will draw on resources and perspectives from the Christian tradition:

  • 23rd October 2022, 12:30-13:30 – Session 1: Voices from Scripture
  • 30th October 2022, 12:30-13:30 – Session 2: Voices from Church History
  • 6th November 2022, 12:30-13:30 – Session 3: Voices from Christian Ethics
  • 13th November 2022, 11:00-12:00 – Remembrance Sunday Service

Each session last about one hour and can be attended individually (but the conversation will continue from session to session, so attending all three is ideal). No preparation is required. The sessions take place at St Mary-at-Hill (Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE; nearest tube: Monument), right after the 11am Sunday service of St Anne’s Lutheran Church there, and our shared reflections will conclude in the writing of the prayers of the people for Remembrance Sunday. The conversations will be facilitated by Sebastian Matzner (Lutheran Church in Great Britain ordinand).

All are most welcome to join!

Recruitment of new LCiGB Bishop

The Lutheran Church in Great Britain (LCiGB) is searching for candidates for a bishop to succeed the Rt Revd Tor Berger Jorgensen, who will retire in 2023. The Bishop Search Committee is open for suggested candidates from both inside the LCiGB as well as from other Lutheran Churches by 5 September 2022.  The new bishop will be elected by the LCiGB Synod in April 2023. Read more about the recruitment process on the LCiGB web.

Vacancy: Chaplaincy Assistant

This role is to support the reinvention of the ILSC as a non-accommodation-based student community centre that continues to also support local university chaplains and Lutheran chaplains and pastors. This post will be most closely involved in student support work, and much of this role will be involved in helping to raise the profile of the ILSC as well as help formulate its mission and focus as it develops over the coming academic year. Part-time (10 hours per week) £11.05 per hour (London Living Wage), closing date for applications 28th August. Apply for the job by sending your CV and a covering letter to explaining why you are interested in applying for the position of ILSC Chaplaincy Assistant.

More information: Job Vacancies

CLC’s help for Ukraine

The Council of Lutheran Churches decided to donate £10.000 to help Ukrainian people in the time of war. The support is given through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) which has investigated the needs and found the best possibilities to help people in Ukraine and especially those escaping from war to find a safe place abroad.

“As the Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain, we express our shock and horror at the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces under President Putin. Together with churches across the globe we continue to tirelessly pray for peace and the cessation of hostilities as pictures of unspeakable atrocities committed in occupied territories in Ukraine reach us,” wrote CLC Chair Rt Rev Tor Berger Jørgensen and CLC General Secretary Dr Anna Krauß to the LWF. “Many Lutheran communities in Great Britain were established by refugees who had to flee European war zones or Russian occupation in the 20th century. The cry for help from those fleeing Ukraine resonates deeply with us. We respond to this cry locally in whichever way we can. We also want to extend our support to those churches in the countries neighbouring Ukraine which have been so heavily involved in helping refugees finding sanctuary. Lutherans in the UK received financial support from LWF after arriving in the UK. Now that we are in a position to support others, we gladly dedicate our annual donation fund of £10.000 to LWF for its support of Ukrainian refugees and its assistance provided to the local churches helping them,” states the accompanying letter.

The General Secretary of the LWF Anne Burghardt said that UK Lutheran’s donation is very much appreciated,“Please forward cordial thanks to the Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain for this generous support. The LWF member churches in neighbouring countries to Ukraine are offering support to Ukrainian  refugees, and the LWF does its best to accompany them in this. We are also in close contact with our member church in Ukraine in order to supply what is most needed currently.”

A Lecture “Grace Alone”

On Tuesday, March 22 at the Council of Lutheran Churches held a short lecture on Lutheran understanding of Grace, inspired by one of the Lutheran theological principles “Grace Alone”. CLC General Secretary Dr Anna Krauß delivered a little lecture, Bishop Tor B lead the evening prayer, and thereafter all were invited to a reception with drinks and nibbles. The event took place at St. Marien mit St. Georg German Lutheran Church London, 10 Sandwich street, London WC1H 9PL. Watch the recording of the lecture and evening prayer here:

Talk and reception on March 22 – A Lutheran Perspective on Grace

The phrase sola gratia is certainly a catchphrase of Lutheran theology but what does it actually mean, why is it so radical, and how does this doctrinal statement actually impact our lives as individuals and our relationship with others? These questions are not just a dry discussion of the minutiae of Lutheran theology on justification. In a world deeply troubled by conflict and disagreement, reflecting on the meaning and power of grace seems as important as ever.

The General Secretary of CLC, Dr. Anna Krauß, will explore the concept of grace from a Lutheran perspective in a talk on 22nd March 2022 at St. Mary’s German Church. The event will start at 6pm with evening prayer and will be followed by a reception. All welcome!

Lutherans in the UK – Living Grace: Climate Crisis and Sustainability

CLC is happy to publish the second episode of our new podcast “Lutherans in the UK – Living Grace”. In this “Christmas” episode we highlight our responsibility as people of faith in the midst of a climate crisis – what we can do both as individuals and as active members of our communities. The episode also takes us to the Finnish Church Christmas market in London and describes the renovated St Mary’s German Lutheran Church in Sandwich Street.