Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans, Lutherans Put Spotlight on Refugees

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans, Lutherans Put Spotlight on Refugees

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The directors of The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) have offered hopeful words about the work their relief and development organizations are doing to help refugees, and a dire prognosis for the world's 42.8 million refugees and internally displaced people.

"The refugee situation is not going to get better," PWRDF director Adele Finney told members of Council of General Synod (CoGS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's National Church Council (NCC) on November 13.

Since the crisis tragically captured mainstream attention this fall, after the death of Alan Kurdi, interest in sponsorships has exploded. Given that both the CLWR and 15 Anglican dioceses across Canada hole sponsorship agreements and are thus eligible to help resettle refugees, resettlement has been a major emphasis in the churches' responses.

But while they were both pleased to see Anglicans and Lutherans who were willing to step up and welcome refugees into their communities, Finney and CLWR director Robert Granke stressed the importance of their organizations' work in conflict zones around the world.

"What we want to say is,'remember refugees worldwide,' " said Finney. Granke noted that CLWR is involved in Central East Africa, helping South Sudanese nationals fleeing to Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya to escape violence in their own country. It is also working in Jordan, where many Syrians have fled, and in Iraq, which has a high number of internally displaced people. …

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