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Teens, sex and families

October 6, 2010

Dealing with teens and sex is not easy. However, the fifth annual Love Life Conference on November 6, 2010 at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton will try.

Designed to address issues related to teenage sexuality, the conference will focus on the theme “Getting Real about Sexuality: Celebration, Truth and Consequences.” It is sponsored by Lutherans for Life-Canada, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, and the ABC District of Lutheran Church–Canada.

Among the presenters is Rev. Dr. Roger Sonnenberg, who will speak on “The New Family Dynamics” and “Pornography, the New Crack Cocaine.” Dr. Sonnenberg is a well-known speaker and organizer of the Love Fest at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Arcadia, California

Dr. Stephen Chambers of Concordia Lutheran Seminary will use I Corinthians as his text for a talk entitled “Priceless Sex.”




Dr. Bill Anderson of Concordia University College of Alberta will speak on the positive image of sexuality in Genesis and Song of Songs, while Julie Pratt of the Pregnancy Care Centre will give a talk entitled “Protecting your Heart and Future in a Sex-Crazed Culture.”



The conference is open to teens and adults, and both church workers and lay people are welcome. Sessions are designed to give teens and those who interact with them the tools to deal with an increasingly permissive culture in which many teenagers are sexually active at a young age and are subject to many temptations around them.

The Love Life Conference will focus on calling people back to forgiveness and redemption through a renewed understanding of Biblical texts on the issues. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 in the auditorium at Concordia University College of Alberta. Lunch is included in the registration fee ($25 before October 31; $30 after).

Registration forms are available on the conference website at or through the ABC District Office at 780-474-0063.

Seminary task force finalizing recommendations

September 29, 2010

WINNIPEG – After almost two years of meetings, travel, online discussions, and deliberations, Lutheran Church–Canada’s Task Force on Cost-efficient, Sustainable Seminary Education is fine-tuning its recommendations. During a Winnipeg meeting at the end of August the members of the task force sought the opinion of LCC’s legal counsel on some of the options it is exploring. The task force also looked at funding scenarios related to potential recommendations.

“No one ever thought this would be easy,” said Rev. Nolan Astley, chairman of the task force. “We’ve gone around the block a couple of times on some issues and engaged in healthy discussions on others, but these men have always kept their eye on what is best for God’s people in Lutheran Church–Canada.”

Pastor Astley, LCC President Robert Bugbee and an additional task force member will meet Tuesday, October 5 in Winnipeg with Dr. Thomas Winger, acting president of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines and Dr. Manfred Zeuch, president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton. The chairman will present the task force’s primary recommendations and ask the presidents for their response.

Following the meeting and taking into account the discussions with the presidents, the task force will draft recommendations for LCC’s Board of Directors (BOD) who meet in early November. The 2008 convention resolution calling for cost efficient seminary education gives the BOD responsibility for bringing recommendations to the 2011 convention next June.

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