Magazine article Anglican Journal

Speaker Challenges CCC on Social Action

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Speaker Challenges CCC on Social Action

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Ottawa

Christian churches can play a significant part in Canada's role as a witness and peacekeeper in the world forum, a speaker told this summer's gathering of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Exploring Canada's identity -- and the churches' role in that identity -- was the focus of speaker Rev. Douglas Hall's speech.

"Our existence on the edge of the American empire could give Canada a highly significant vocation within the international community of nations and peoples," said Mr. Hall, a former professor of Christian theology at Montreal's McGill University.

Particularly as the weave of the country's safety net is tested, churches have a role in ensuring that social programs -- many of which they were instrumental in setting up--are maintained, he said.

"I would urge all Canadian churches," said Mr. Hall, "to involve themselves deliberately and directly in the struggles to save the social safety net from further destruction by the forces of private enterprise and global economics. …

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