Refugees are our neighbours. When we think of refugees, we often hear the biblical call to “welcome the stranger.” And welcoming the stranger is a good first step. But in this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours, and we need each other. When one part of a community struggles, the entire community is affected—the entire community hurts.
We live in a Canada in which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has finished its hearings, having listened to the stories of hundreds of Indigenous people who were taken to church-run boarding schools that were intended to assimilate them into Canadian culture. We live in a Canada in which the Prime Minister has apologized on the floor of the House of Commons for the residential school system. And yet, we live in a Canada in which so much progress remains to be made. The apology must be followed by real change.
Human trafficking can happen blocks from your church and in affluent areas, as multiple cases in Canada have shown us.
Climate change is happening, and it is already affecting people worldwide, such as Kenyan farmers who are grappling with changing weather patterns, and the Inuit people in Canada’s north whose trad
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