February 17, 2011
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, urging that KAIROS' reapplication for CIDA funding receive fair consideration so that the gifts of KAIROS are seen in the light of their potential to promote a safe, well-fed and just world.
The text of the letter follows:
Dear Prime Minister:
I continue to be concerned about the process by which KAIROS was defunded by CIDA.
The work of KAIROS is very valuable and important to our church, our country and our world. For over 35 years, KAIROS has worked faithfully in partnership with the government of Canada to promote development and human rights. CIDA's own assessments indicate that this work has been effective, accountable and recommended. It remains unclear on what basis the government decided to end this partnership.
KAIROS has reapplied for funding. What is most important to us is that this new application receive fair consideration so that the gifts of KAIROS are seen in the light of their potential to promote a safe, well-fed and just world. Our church remains convinced that KAIROS has much to offer as a partner in promoting the values that Canadians cherish.
You, your ministers, and the whole of parliament are in our prayers as you seek to serve Canadians with good leadership.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Susan C. Johnson
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
A pdf version of the letter is available online at: http://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/documents/20110217LettertoPrimeMinisterreKAIROSFINAL.pdf
The ELCIC is one of eleven members of KAIROS.
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