In a recent letter to the church, Moderator Jordan Cantwell called us, “As a world community and as people of faith… to care for our neighbours, to protect their lives and their dignity, as we would our own.”
As part of its Extreme Hunger Appeal, The United Church of Canada joins with other Canadian churches and faith groups in calling on the federal government to increase its commitment to the famine-stricken regions of Africa and the Middle East (see "Pray - Give - Speak Out" under Downloads, below).
The root causes of the crisis are complex and intertwined, including decades of war which have displaced millions of people, the intensity of climate change, which causes lengthening droughts, and the delay in the international community’s response.
Faced with the most unprecedented humanitarian crisis since World War II, Mission & Service partners The National Council of Churches of Kenya and ACT Alliance continue to provide assistance on the ground and strive to address the root causes of the crisis through sustainable agriculture, peacebuilding, and climate change programs.
To support their efforts, General Secretary Nora Sanders is asking all United Church people to:
- Support the church’s Extreme Hunger Appeal. Through the Canadian government’s Famine Relief Fund, all eligible donations made from March 17 to June 30, 2017, will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the government.
- Contact your member of Parliament. Ask them to support an increase in Canada’s contribution to humanitarian assistance and to press for stronger diplomatic efforts to resolve ongoing conflicts in the affected countries.
- Pray individually and as a church community for relief and justice for all who are burdened by extreme hunger and conflict. You may wish to use this prayer.
Resources for congregations, including a slide for projection and bulletin insert, are available on the Extreme Hunger Appeal page (scroll to the bottom).
For more information, contact: