Magazine article Anglican Journal

Praying on Parliament Hill

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Praying on Parliament Hill

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Hundreds of Anglicans and Lutherans in Ottawa for Joint Assembly converged on Parliament Hill on the morning of July 6 for a prayer event intended to draw attention to the issue of access to clean water, particularly in aboriginal communities.

Led by Lutheran and Anglican youth, the event gathered people into circles of 12 on the walk in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Volunteers held long ribbons of turquoise cloth that sparkled in the sun and cascaded down the steps like a waterfall.

The prayer service was led by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Lydia Mamakwa, area bishop for northern Ontario. There were prayers for the rivers, for people who make their living from the water and for people who cross oceans. There were also prayers for the responsible use of water in urban and rural settings.

Heather Werboweski, 17, from First Lutheran in Winnipeg, told the Anglican Journal that she thinks the event will have an impact. "Now more people are aware that it's an issue and so I hope they will more consciously think about the water that they use and think about the people who don't have the resources that we do. …

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