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April 20, 2016

An Earth Day message from Lutheran, Anglican leaders

In an Earth Day message from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz and Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, the three leaders commend to the churches and pray, for the humility and discipline to use the earth's resources wisely and responsibly; to take action with care for those who will come after us; and to continue to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

The text of the letter follows.

Read the full Earth Day message here: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/2016EarthDayMessage.pdf

Read the Storforsen Appeal here: https://www.councilofchurches.ca/arctic-future/

April 20, 2016

Dear friends in Christ:

As we observe Earth Day on April 22, we commend to you the Storforsen Appeal, the statement from the conference The Future of Life in the Arctic: The Impact of Climate Change. Indigenous and Religious Perspectives held on Sami Territory in Sweden in 2015.

The appeal calls on all of us, “to take brave action and make bold decisions on promoting climate justice.” It asks us to rededicate ourselves, “to stand in solidarity and support the peoples in the North, who are now already survivors and leaders in responding to climate change.”

We pray for the humility and discipline to use the earth’s resources wisely and responsibly; to take action with care for those who will come after us; and to continue to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

The Rev. Susan C. Johnson
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Anglican Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada

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