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September 18, 2008

Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans Lead Ecumenical Walk of Witness Event in Ottawa; Congregations and Members Asked to Pray and Take Action on September 25 to Raise Awareness of Urgent Need to Eliminate

A joint letter from National Bishop Susan C. Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) encourages congregations and members of the two churches to pray and take action on September 25 to raise continued awareness of the urgent need to eliminate world poverty and remind our government of its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Together on that day, Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans will lead an ecumenical event in Ottawa called Walk of Witness - Bringing it Home which will include a public walk and an act of witness through a joint statement at the United Nation's Association Office.

The Walk of Witness – Bringing it Home event and action are part of a larger initiative to mobilize churches around the ongoing scandal of global and national poverty, says Bishop Johnson and Primate Hiltz in the joint letter which encourages continued awareness of the issues around poverty and notes, the following month, KAIROS will engage churches in Week to End Poverty, October 12-19.

Walk of Witness - Bringing it Home coincides with a gathering of world leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at the United Nations in New York to re-energize the world's commitment to the MDGs. Walk of Witness was inspired by a July 24 walk in London, England when 1,500 bishops and others marched in support of the MDGs as part of the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

Congregations are invited to join in prayer and action by raising awareness of the urgent need to eliminate world poverty within their own community. Various resources are available for use including: bulletin announcements, a fact sheet, liturgical resources and guidelines for questioning candidates in the federal election. Resources are available online at: www.anglican.ca/walkofwitness .

View the full text of the letter here: http://elcic.ca/Documents/08WalkofWitnessLetter.pdf

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