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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 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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A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC

ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE --
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE

Winnipeg, April 23, 2004 (ELCIC) --The World Council of Churches (WCC) has issued an invitation to all member churches to participate in a worldwide campaign later this year, as part of the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV). "On the Wings of a Dove" offers a possibility for action in support of and in solidarity with women and children survivors of violence.

WCC invites churches to develop pastoral and practical responses and actions and has identified November 25 to December 10, 2004 as sixteen days that can link the vision of DOV and the season of Advent. The 16 Days movement is an international campaign which began in 1991. Every year, all around the world, imaginative action by grassroots organizations and women's networks raises awareness and inspires change to overcome different forms of gender violence. November 25 is the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The 16-day period also includes World AIDS Day and the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. So the campaign emphasizes that all gender violence is an abuse of fundamental human rights.

The ELCIC, a member church of the World Council of Churches, encourages congregations to spread news of this campaign, and to mark it in a way appropriate to your community. It is our hope that the Advent season of 2004 will see congregations and communities around the world remembering, praying for and acting in solidarity with women and children in our churches and societies who experience violence in any form.

Details about "On the Wings of a Dove", including a poster and brochure with specific suggestions for action, can be found at http://www.overcomingviolence.org/


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