Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - FAITH -

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.

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