Faith Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Push for Peace in Darfur

Tasneem Jamal

Faith leaders letter to the Prime Minister on Darfur

January 16, 2006

The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario
Fax: 613-941-6900
Email: Martin.P@parl.gc.ca

Dear Prime Minister,

As representatives of various faith traditions in Canada, we commend the Government of Canada for the significant contributions made to support humanitarian and relief efforts in Darfur, Sudan and to assist the African Union Mission in Sudan in its efforts to provide security. People of faith in Canada have worked in solidarity with the people of Sudan for many years, developing long partnerships and collaboration.

Canadians are looking to our political leaders to continue taking steps, unilaterally, bilaterally and multilaterally, to protect communities under threat, boldly work with others to resolve the conflict, and restore peace and safety to the people of Darfur.

Therefore, as the crisis continues into a fourth year, we urge the government to include Darfur at the top of its international policy agenda, and take actions that would be effective in bringing peace and security to the people there. Thus we issue a call of deep concern to develop action to assist the suffering and vulnerable people in Darfur, Sudan.

Sincerely,

Ed Morgan
National President/ Président national
Canadian Jewish Congress/ Congrès juif canadien

Manjit Singh
President, Interfaith Council of Montreal
Trustee, Gurdwara Sahib Quebec, Montreal (Sikh House of Worship)

Mary Bennett
Executive Director
Canadian Unitarian Council

Swami Kripamayananda
Vedanta Hindu Society of Toronto

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bellous
Executive Minister
Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec

Robert J. Suderman,
General Secretary
Mennonite Church Canada

+ André Gaumond
Archbishop of Sherbrooke
President
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Rev. F. Thomas Rutherford
Regional Minister
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

Henry Hess
Acting Director of Canadian Ministries
Christian Reformed Church in North America – Canada

The Rev. Raymond Schultz
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, (Canada)

Rev. M. Jean Morris
Moderator of the 131st General Assembly
The Presbyterian Church in Canada

The Rev. Siebrand Wilts
Stated Clerk
Regional Synod of Canada
Reformed Church in America

M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner
Territorial Commander
The Salvation Army

His Eminence, Metropolitan John
Metropolitan
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

The Right Rev. Peter Short
Moderator
The United Church of Canada

c.c.

Mr. Stephen Harper
Conservative Party of Canada
Fax: (613) 947-0310
Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

Mr. Jack Layton
New Democratic Party
Fax: (613) 230-9950
jacklayton@ndp.ca

Mr. Gilles Duceppe
Bloc Québécois
Fax: (514) 843-2222
Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca

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