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The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of national and regional Lutheran churches headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. convention held last July in Winnipeg, Archbishop Michael Peers The Most Reverend Michael Geoffrey Peers (born 1934) was Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 till 2004.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1934, Archbishop Peers completed an undergraduate degree in languages at the University of British Columbia in 1956 told a New Year's Day New Year's Day, among ancient peoples the first day of the year frequently corresponded to the vernal or autumnal equinox, or to the summer or winter solstice. In the Middle Ages it was celebrated among Christians usually on Mar. 25. congregation in Ottawa.
One result is that a major Anglican Communion Anglican Communion, the body of churches in all parts of the world that are in communion with the Church of England (see England, Church of). The communion is composed of regional churches, provinces, and separate dioceses bound together by mutual loyalty as committee has turned down an invitation to meet in Canada, as it did not think it was an appropriate place in the light of the Lutheran experience, he said.
The primate, who retires this month, focused on the problems with Canadian visa regulations in his final sermon at Christ Church Christ Church may refer to the following churches:
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Last summer's gathering took place at the invitation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) (French: Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne au Canada) is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination, with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. (ELCIC ELCIC Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada ), with help from the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Peers said. He said that the invitation was extended in 2000 at the Lutheran World Federation convention in Finland. "Well, a lot has happened in the world since 2000 and when the Lutheran church wrote to its component parts to ask them for the names of the delegates to be chosen part of this assembly, then the trouble began," he said. "And the trouble began in Canadian consulates around the world and in some very specific places and for some very specific people, visas were refused. When the assembly finally gathered, 10 per cent of its membership was absent. All those 10 per cent were either from Africa or the Indian subcontinent Indian subcontinent, region, S central Asia, comprising the countries of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and the Himalayan states of Nepal, and Bhutan. Sri Lanka, an island off the southeastern tip of the Indian peninsula, is often considered a part of the subcontinent. , and all were women and young people."
Archbishop Peers said those applying for visas could not respond to such questions as "do you have a bank account?"
The issue came to light as the churches wrote to the headquarters of the Lutheran World Fellowship in Switzerland to tell them about the problems. The Lutheran World Federation then contacted the Lutheran and Anglican national offices in Canada to see what could be done. There was no single person in either church, said the primate, who had more success in getting to the government and causing significant numbers of those decisions to be reversed, than Bishop Peter Coffin of Ottawa.
So, what is the message? "Well I can tell you one message that comes from the Anglican Communion. Earlier this month, there was a meeting of one of the standing committees of the Anglican Communion, the inter-Anglican standing committee on mission and evangelism, which was looking for Looking for
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(Ellie Johnson, director of partnerships at the national church, said she had extended the invitation to the commission during a recent meeting in Jamaica [see related story, p. 6]. She has written a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Canada The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration and citizenship. The department was established in 1994 following a reorganization within the federal government. , expressing her concern about the situation.)
The Lutheran experience is now well known in the worldwide church community, Archbishop Peers added. "It is true, and I know this because of what one of the Roman Catholic bishops told me, that on World Youth Day when the Pope came to Toronto, there were some individuals who didn't take the plane home, and stayed, but that had never happened at a Lutheran worldwide gathering and it didn't happen this time."
In the Christian part of the world community, he said, Canada has "earned the name that most of us wouldn't want. We, the country to whom the United Nations gave an award for the treatment of refugees, back in the 1980s."
Brian Sarjeant is editor of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the diocese of Ottawa