Updated: August, 2022

Montreal Lutheran Council
Conseil Lutherienne de Montréal
(Serving as the Montreal Area Ministry Team of the Eastern Synod)

Welcome!     Bienvenue!

About Us

The Montréal Lutheran Council is made up of representatives from the parishes and ministries of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada serving greater Montréal.

Member Parishes
    and Ministries:

  • McGill University
  • Concordia University

The Rev. Jim Slack, Chair  e-mail
Mr. Roger Kenner, Vice-chair
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson, Treasurer
Mrs. Carol Meindl, Secretary

Upcoming Events:
Montreal Lutheran Picnic: August 28, 2022

The 2022 MLC Picnic will be held at Christ the Redeemer in DDO.

Montreal Lutheran Council Picnic Join us for worship, a picnic lunch, games, and a CLWR raffle on Sunday August 28, from 11:00 until about 3:00, rain or shine. We'll provide chairs and shade. You bring your lunch and a prize for the raffle. Join your Lutheran sisters and brothers for the day!

Drive north on Sources from highway 20 or 40.
Turn left at Petro Canada station, onto Anselme-Lavigne.
Drive a few blocks west to Westpark.
We've got a large parking lot at 57 Westpark.

Pastor Jim Slack
August 28, 2022
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The Next Meeting of the Council
The next Montreal Lutheran Council Meeting will be in the second or third week of September, 2022

Past Events:
Montreal Lutheran Council Annual Meeting: March 31, 2022

The 2022 annual meeting will be held March 31, at St. John's Estonian Lutheran Church (4345 Marcil. NDG). A reception beginning at 6:00 will give way to our opening devotions at 7:00, and a business session. This will include the election of officers: Chair (no nominees), Vice-Chair (Roger Kenner nom), Secretary (Carol Meindl nom), and Treasurer (Pastor Samuel King-Kabu nom). A discussion about the future of our Lutheran congregations in Montreal will follow until a 9:00 adjournment. Council members and other congregational leaders are urged to attend.

March 31, 2022
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Lutheran Joint Outdoor Worshop Service: August 23, 2020
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Lutheran Picnic: Sunday, August 26, 2018
[See Pictures from the 2018 Picnic)


Reformation 2017

In 2017, we commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on his church door in 1517.
[See More About the 2017-Luther-500th Events]
Joint Lutheran Picnic - 2017

Our picnic was held in new location: On Sunday, August 20 at McCallum Park in the town of Noyan, on the South Shore near the American border. The picnic began at 11:00 with a worship service in the Anglican church across the street.
[See Driving Instructions]
Service of Commmemoration, Lament, Prayer & Solidarity

A special service was held on Saturday, Feb 4 at 13:00 at St. John's Lutheran Church to offer our response, as Lutherans and Christians, to the terrible events of Sunday, January 29.

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[Read the Statement by our National Bishop: Susan Johnson (Pdf)]
The Joint Montreal Lutheran Picnic was held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 11:00

Once again, Montreal Lutherans gatherws together at our usual picnic site in St. Lazare. This might be the last year we will be able to use these St. Lazare picnic grounds. The shelter from the rain was appreciated.
On Saturday evening, February 27, at 19:00, there was a panel presentation at St. John's Estonian-Finnish Lutheran Church at 4345 Marcil in NDG (Metro: Villa-Maria, then #103 or #162) to explore the topic of the Doctrine of Discovery. At its General Assembly in the summer of 2015, the ELCIC voted to repudiate this doctrine. The talk was well attended, and was followed by a reception.

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On Friday evening, October 6, a Luther Table-Talk Pub Night was presented at St. John's Lutheran Church on Jeanne Mance. Not just beer and wurst, but learning about Luther! It was a great evening!

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The Montreal Lutheran All-Parish Picnic was held on Sunday, August 23 at the usual place in St. Lazare. The weather could not have been better and everyone had a great time! Photos from the day will be posted soon.
(Taken at Lutheran Picnic by Matthew Anderson)
Tug of War
[See More Pictures from the 2015 Picnic]


An Open, General Meeting of the Montreal Lutheran Council (Montreal Area Ministry Group) was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on May 13, beginning at 19:00. There were parishioners and pastors from most of the Montreal Lutheran congregations. Following a short installation service (See below) and refreshements, reports were read (See below). The evening came to a close with the screening of Matthew Anderson's documentary, Something Grand (somethinggrand.ca/trailer-something-grand)

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[View the Programme for the Evening] (Pdf)
[View the Annual Report] (Pdf)

The ELCIC Supported this Event.

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The Montreal-Lutheran Council supported this Event:

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This Film by Matthew Anderson was screened at this event

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Christian-Jewish Commemoriation of the Shoah: April 12

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CLWR Weekend: Christ, the Redeemer/St. John's

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Montreal Lutherans were happy to participate in this event, though we did not organize it.

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The Annual Montreal Lutheran Picnic was be held at the usual place in St. Lazare on Sunday, August 24, 2014. It was a beautiful day and all had a marvellous time.

[Download the Map (Pdf)]
[Read More About Previous Picnics, with photos]

-Lutherans and the Charter of Values
On November 28th, 2013, concerned Montreal Lutherans gathered St John’s Lutheran church to hear presentations from guest speakers and to share personal reflections as we considered our Montreal Lutheran response to the proposed charter. Below is a link to a short video made from this presentation.
Charter of Values Discussion: November 28, 2013
View this Video at: http://vimeo.com/85460344
The Full Presentations are also available.
Following this discussion, our position on this proposed legistation was established:
[Read our Position Paper in English]
[Lire notre déclaration en français]

[Read More About This]

-Visit from Michael Harvey
Together with the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, we hosted Michael Harvey, who was here for two days and made several presentations. Some photos will follow.

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Celebrating 150 years of Lutheran Ministry in Eastern Canada: November 16-17-18, 2012. Retired bishop William Huras presided, with Conference Dean Annette Smith also be in attendance. The weekend began with a wine & cheese reception at Christ the Redeemer on the Friday evening. A special service, followed by refreshments & fellowship was be held on the Saturday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran Church downtown. Finally, the bishop spoke at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church as part of the regular Sunday morning worship at 11:00.
[See Event Poster (Pdf)]

Back Row: Rev'd Guenter Dahle (ELCIC), Pr. Samuel King-Kabu (St. Ansgar), Bishop William Huras (Retired), Rev'd Annette Smith (ELCIC), Pr. Eric Dyck (St. John's), Pr. Matthew Anderson (St. Michael's Finnish)
Front Row: Fr. Stephen Petrie (Anglican Diocese), Rev'd Jim Slack (Christ, the Redeemer), Rev'd Michael Pitts (Anglican), Rev'd Kyllikki Pitts (St. John's Estonian), Angelica Tarquinio (Worship Assistant - St. John's), Rev'd Matti Terho (St. Paul's)

November 18, 2012: St-Lambert Ecumenical Group dedicates the new worship space for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and for wider community use:

left to right: Lucyna Szpak (St.Lambert Ecumenical committee), Steve Gilson (St. Lambert Ecumenical committee), Pr Riita Hepomaki, Assistant to the Bishop, Eastern Synod, ELCIC (Lutheran Church), (partially hidden: Rev'd Barry Mack, St. Andrew's Presbyterian), Fr. Gerard Lachapelle (St. Francis of Assisi), Pr Matthew Anderson (Good Shepherd Lutheran), Rev'd Sally Meyer (St-Lambert United), Fr Raymond Gregoire (Paroisse St-Lambert), Beth Chittim (original investigative committee), Dawn Smith (Presbyterian Homes Foundation)

left to right: Fr. Raymond Gregoire (Paroisse St-Lambert), Pr Matthew Anderson (Good Shepherd Lutheran), Rev'd Sally Meyer (St-Lambert United), Dawn Smith (Presbyterian Homes Foundation)
The Joint Lutheran picnic, helf on Sunday, August 26 at its usual place in St. Lazare, was a great success. Over 100 people, from a wide selection of parishes, turned out for the beautiful, sunny day. Pictures will follow soon.
Henn Paabo, of the Estonian Lutheran Church and longtime treasurer of the Montreal Lutheran Council, passed away on June 20, 2012.
The Joint Montreal Lutheran Picnic

Despite Hurricane Irene, another successful picnic was held on Aug 28, 2011. The clouds did not let loose until all were safely underneath the enclosure. We all enjoyed several hours of good fellowship together.
90 Years of Combined Ordained Ministry Celebrated

(Pastor James Slack (25 yrs), Pastor Matti Terho (40 yrs) and Pastor Matthew Anderson (25 yrs)
Pr Jim Slack installed
Jim Slack was installed as pastor at Christ, the Redeemer Lutheran Church on June 13, 2010.
[Read More about It]
The Inshallah Choir in Concert
The Inshallah Choir from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary came to Montreal to offer their global song, provide musical workshops and give a concert.
[Get the Feel of the Concert in this Amateur Video]
[Read More about It]
The Easter Vigil - April 3, 2010
Every year, on the night before Easter, Montreal Lutherans gather in vigil for Christ. Be a part of this next year!
[Read More about It]
Pastor Heino Laaneots, of the Estonian Lutheran Church, passed away on November 20, 2009.
Sunday, October 25, 2009 was Reformation Sunday
The National Bishop, Susan Johnson, visited Montreal

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