A NEWS RELEASE
From the Office of the Bishop
Winnipeg, December 9, 2003 (ELCIC) -- Nine church leaders, representing many of the Christian churches in Canada and working through the facilitation of the Canadian Council of Churches, of which they are members, call upon all within church communities and all Canadians to resist anti-Semitism in this country.
"We challenge all churches, parishes, congregations and people of good will to find ways and means to expose and eradicate anti-Semitism within and from Canadian society" states the open letter which was signed by The Rev. Raymond L. Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and eight other national church leaders. The church leaders signed this letter to coincide with the December 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the December 20th beginning of Hanukah.
Acknowledging with sadness, regret and shame historic persecution of the Jews, persecution all too often inflicted by Christians, and acknowledging the concern of others in the face of the resurgent evil of anti-Semitism, the letter goes on to invite a response of solidarity whenever Jews come under attack in Canada or their sacred places are desecrated here. The leaders commit themselves to confront anti-Semitism on every front in their unwavering conviction of the eternal love of God for all peoples.
Complete statement (.pdf)
For more information or to arrange interviews contact
The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary
The Canadian Council of Churches 416-972-9494 ext. 22 or 21