In October, Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis spoke to a packed room about compassionate policing at the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah — marking the first time law enforcement officers addressed the large international gathering.
That quest for compassion continues in Winnipeg and across the country as individuals, churches and faith groups continue to work together to welcome Syrian refugees, raising money and hustling up household goods for families already trickling in and for more coming in 2016.
The congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are committed to sponsoring 500 refugees in the next two years as a way to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant refugees. The United Church of Canada has raised $3 million to resettle Syrian families in Canada, and other denominations and faith groups are also preparing to welcome refugees into their midst.
Let’s hope for more signs of hope, glimmers of light, and inklings of peace in the New Year.