Magazine article Anglican Journal

Disaster Response

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Disaster Response

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The disasters in Quebec and southern Alberta were on the minds of Joint Assembly members of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, who met at the Ottawa Convention Centre July 3 to 7. (See related stories, pages 7 to 10.)

Separate offerings were made by the ELCIC's National Convention and the General Synod of the Anglican church for those affected by severe floods that hit Calgary and southern Alberta on June 20.

There was also a moment of silence in memory of at least 13 people killed by a devastating freight train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Que., on July 6.

The bishop of the diocese of Quebec, Dennis Drainville, travelled with his wife, Deacon Cynthia Patterson, to Lac-Megantic on July 7. They met with clergy and other survivors and evacuees housed at the local high school, some of whom were asking how God could allow such a tragedy to occur.

"The issue is not coming here to provide answers. The issue is to be with people," Drainville told the diocesan newspaper, the Gazette. "At the very core of a crisis like this, the need is to let people know that they are not alone..."

In Calgary, the diocesan bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson urged members of his diocese to reach out to congregations and individuals who have been affected by the severe flooding in southern Alberta. …

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