That the National Executive Council recognizes the widespread concern of the Church about social and economic problems in Canada and abroad, requests the Primate to convene a three-day seminar to include such members as the corporate and business community, members of the Unit of Public Social Responsibility, Native people, Labour leaders, Third World representatives and members of the National Executive Council and requests that costs be shared by participating groups. CARRIED
"[Project Managers] Ted Reeve and Roger Hutchinson".
"Copublished by: Churches' Council on Theological Education in Canada". -- CCIP, verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"Every ministry aims for social transformation. Some focus on the transformation of the individual, some on the transformation of the society within which the individual exists. .... This book examines the leadership training provided by church-sponsored initiatives such as the Canadian Urban Training Project (popularly known as CUT), the Urban Core Support Network (UCSN), and GATT-Fly (now the Ecumenical Coalition on Economic Justice). Of these three, only ECEJ still survives -- yet the influence of their perspectives, their network, and their training methods continues to influence the churches' programs and policies, education for ordered ministry, and scores of smaller projects, all over the country." -- back cover.
Contents: About the authors -- Education for Social Transformation : Introduction / Roger Hutchinson -- Walking the Talk : CUT / Ted Reeve -- Spirit and Homelessness : UCSN / Larry Peterson -- Quilting for a Change : Women's Experience / Maylanne Whittall -- In One Office : Diaconal Ministry preparation / Betty Marlin -- Social Ethics and Social Transformation : Action-Training Models / Roger Hutchinson -- The Gatt-Fly / ECEJ Experience : Ah-hah's / Dennis Howlett -- The Need for a Resurrection : Action-Training Programs / Don Brown -- Learning from Our Experience : Ministry formation / Robert McKeon -- Learning to Transform with Spirit : Transforming Organizations / Larry Peterson -- Partners in Education for Social Transformation : Conclusion / Ted Reeve.
March 3, 2008 -- The Anglican Primate and the Evangelical Lutheran National Bishop call on the members of their respective churches to advocate for affordable housing solutions for the homeless with letters and visits to their Members of Parliament.
In a letter sent to the Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada, Monte Solberg, on Feb 27, 2008, the leaders urged the government "to address homelessness in Canada as part of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy."
The letter follows the tabling of the federal budget which left the estimated 150,000 to 300,000 homeless people in Canada out in the cold, and another 1.5 million Canadians in desperate housing need without relief.
The joint Anglican-Lutheran initiative takes inspiration from the prophet Isaiah who asks what true religious observance is: "Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house?" (Isaiah 58:7).
"Our vision," the leaders' letter concludes, "is to go beyond the prophet's call, to create a society where the hungry are able to eat their own bread, and the homeless poor are brought into their own house."
"Being in full communion means more than worshipping together," says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Anglican Primate. "Members of both our churches give generously of their time and money to help people who are homeless. They run thrift shops, food banks, overnight shelters, and hospitality programs. But they know that charity isn't enough. Advocating together for justice is also part of being in full communion."
"I'm so excited by this initiative," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "It demonstrates how working together in full communion we can make a much larger impact and a stronger witness, hopefully inspiring our government to address the realities of homelessness in Canada."
The joint initiative is modelled after a campaign of the diocese of Toronto encouraging Anglicans to visit their local MPs to express concerns about housing and poverty.
Hiltz and Johnson are inviting Lutherans and Anglicans to write or visit their federal MP, and where possible, to do this jointly. The purpose is to ask the Government of Canada to:
- Renew and increase the affordable housing funding which is set to expire at the end of 2008
- Join with the provinces to develop a comprehensive housing strategy as part of an overall national poverty reduction strategy
On line resources are available to help people participate in this initiative: [http://www.accnotes.org/ecojustice/reports_policy_documents/bring_the_homeless_poor_into_t/ ]
- "Bringing people who are homeless into their own house" - a resource that explains this initiative and gives tips for writing and visiting with your MP.
- A bulletin insert for use in church bulletins, encouraging congregations and parishes to become involved.
- A copy of the joint letter from The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and The Reverend Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Monte Solberg.
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For more information contact: Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, 888-786-6707 ext. 172, firstname.lastname@example.org [or] Maylanne Maybee, Coordinator of Ecojustice Networks, The Anglican Church of Canada, 416-924-9199 ext. 219 email@example.com
"The Rev. Tim Sale likes the title 'longest-serving honorary assistant in the world', which he earned at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Winnipeg. He began there in 1966 as a new priest in youth outreach ministry with a passion for social justice and ecumenism and became the honorary assistant in 1969". Now 71 and retired from Manitoba politics but active in his community, Sale was first elected to office in 1971, when as a member of a three-church inner-city ministry, he ran for Fort Garry's school board". "His first bid for the provincial legislature happened in 1992, when he ran for the New Democratic Party (NDP), losing by 200 votes. He continued his consulting work, and ran in 1995, this time winning and serving in the NDP opposition of Gary Doer. Re-elected in 1999, he became minister of health". "Sale who was influenced by sermons on the Christian vocation for justice given by the Rev. John Lee, 'who bluntly said that the only reason for a Christian to be involved in public office is to seek justice'. For people of faith considering running for office, Sale has this advice: 'Public office is always about compromise; about the solution that is reasonably acceptable, the one that is less worse', he says". "You need a set of values but also a broad vision. You need to get lots of experience in the world before you go into elected office".