National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada joins with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Baha’i faith leaders in Canada in a call for action to help address the famines in South Sudan and extreme food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia.
The letter, signed by faith leaders in Canada, calls on “communities and all Canadians to mobilize in response to one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises since the Second World World.” Read the full letter here: http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/1_-_An_Interfaith_Appeal_from_Canadas_Faith_Communities.pdf
ELCIC members are encouraged to get involved in one of three ways:
- Pray. Remember all those who are impacted by this devastating famine and include them in personal and community prayers. Pray for peace, for government leaders and for humanitarian workers in the region.
- Give. The ELCIC, in partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), calls on its members to respond through financial support to help meet the needs of drought-affected people through the promotion of climate resilient food production. Donations may be made through designated offerings for “Stop Famine Together” through any ELCIC congregation, by calling CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 to donate by credit card, or online at http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/9E06FCE/stopfaminetogether.php.
- Speak out. Take the time to become better informed about the famine crisis, speak about it with family, friends and neighbours, discuss it with local community agencies, and contact your local Member of Parliament to communicate your concerns.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 114,592 baptized members in 525 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
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