Sunday, September 6, 2015

Refugee Crises: Call to Prayer and Action from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

The following statement by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Adele Finney, executive director of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), in response to the Syrian refugee crisis was originally posted on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at the PWRDF website.

The Turkish policeman is us. Aylan Kurdi is our child. We knew that in the first moment we saw their pictures in today’s papers. We knew that in our gut, and when our heart’s cry poured out through our eyes. Our senses involuntarily respond and urgently demand that we act individually and as a human community.

Let us pray, holding within ourselves a space for the bereaved and desperate refugees, and allow their presence within us to engender the action we take to meet their need.

Through The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the official development and relief agency of the Anglican Church, Canadian Anglicans have supported emergency relief and long-term development programs for refugees overseas since the agency’s founding in 1959. PWRDF is currently supporting food aid to Syrian refugees through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. You can designate an online donation for “Syria Response” here. See other ways to donate below.

Let us work with other churches and our communities to sponsor refugee families.

Anglican parishes across the country have participated actively in Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PRSP) since its inception in 1979, welcoming and settling literally thousands of refugees to Canada and into their communities and lives. Currently, 14 Anglican dioceses are Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Let us call, write and speak to Government of Canada leaders and candidates to unite for:

Expediting applications of asylum seekers and those seeking resettlement in Canada, with flexible measures (such as Temporary Resident Permits) for Syrians with family in Canada.
Increasing the number of resettlement spaces for Syrians to a minimum of 10,000 available to Government-Assisted Refugees, with selection based solely on need
Upholding the principle of “additionality” that recognizes that all privately sponsored refugees are in addition to and not in place of Government commitments to resettlement
Elimination of barriers to the private sponsorship of refugees, including re-instatement of full Interim Federal Health coverage for both privately sponsored refugees and refugee claimants and lifting of the document requirements for Group of Five sponsorships.

In an open letter to political party leaders in August the Primate wrote, “May your ears and your hearts be open to the call of Canadians for compassion, justice and reason…Our own actions are what give meaning to our words as we share our abundance through greater international assistance, welcome refugees…and work for peace.”

In times past Canada has taken extraordinary measures to welcome refugees in crisis. It is time for us to do so again.

Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz
Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

Adele Finney, Executive Director
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund


You can designate your online donation for “Syria Response”

By Phone

For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail

Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “Syria Response” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2

PWRDF Donations Contact:

Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator

Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321; 1-866-308-7973

Source: Anglican Church of Canada

1 comment:

  1. I have no problem with funding and helping legitimate refugees. Meaning that when the strife is over, back they go. We don't need more long term welfare recipients who in fact really don't want to be here. The most important thing to remember: ISIS has said that the refugee crisis is an outstanding opportunity to infiltrate their jihadis into westernized infidel countries. How about we specify that we help Christian refugees, the ones most oppressed in the middle east, and, since there are 54 Muslim countries on the planet, leave those countries to absorb those people who hate us and want to kill us as they have so well demonstrated to nauseating perfection. This post is probably going to offend lots of bleeding hearts. Don't care. I'm up to here with murderous, threatening, Islam that comes to our country and insults us, and wants one way accommodation. And the others who agree with me - and there are lots of you - let's keep us safe.