15th annual Lenten Vigil for the Silenced

Date/Time
Date(s) - April 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location
Burrard Street & Georgia Street

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Our faith tradition calls for us to stand in solidarity with those with whom Jesus identified “the sinned against” — the poor, the homeless, the shunned, the chronic sick, the refugees or migrants, the outcasts, wrongly imprisoned or inadequately prepaed to return, those “aged out” and those travelling “in the night” as privileged but cautious inquirers and ambivalent sojourners …and, those on the Cross beside him…..1

The season of Lent, over 6 intentional weeks, prepares for Easter. We look inward-and-outward to ask how our lives reflect ….

With confessional/self-critical questions we pray for courage to challenge the institutions that we contribute to and which in turn seem to contribute to bad or unjust/unfair situations

Consider contacting:

Mayor and Vancouver City Council c/o https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council.aspx

Premier John Horgan Rm. 156, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, V8V1X4, Email: premier@gov.bc.ca

Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal Opposition Leader: Rm. 109, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4, Email: oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca

Adam.Olsen.MLA@leg.bc.ca Interim Green Party Leader

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca 

April 4th @ at Burrard & Georgia, by Christ Church Cathedral.

A sample Letter to British Columbia’s political party leaders on a basic concern:

Dear Premier John Horgan and, Adam Olsen:

By any measure, BC has the highest rate of poverty in Canada. We have recorded the highest child poverty rate for 10+ years running. Despite alleged years of strong economic growth and record low unemployment, well over half a million British Columbians live in poverty, and homelessness continues to rise.

We all pay for poverty. Study after study links poverty with poorer health, higher justice system costs, more demands on social and community services, more stress on family members, and diminished school success. Effective poverty reduction will require the efforts of all segments of society (all levels of government, the private sector, non-profits, and citizens generally), but the provincial government must take the lead.

We call upon political parties to commit to specific policy measures that will reduce poverty and give special attention to policy measures that give due attention to the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty (single mother households, single senior women, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and mental illness – oft accompanied, alas, with serious and life-threatening addiction and a poisonous opioid drug supply – recent immigrants and refugees).

Sincerely,

1 Among many Biblical passages, we engage Mark 10:45; Luke 4: 14ff.; Matthew 25’s parables; Jesus last words on the Cross, as Luke 23:39-43; Matthew 27: 45-61; Romans 8; I Corinthians 12 and 13; and prophetic passages as Amos 5:24, Micah 6:8; Jeremiah 9:23f.; 29:7; Isaiah 49:15-16; and Psalm 85:10-13, Proverbs 31:8-9; Numbers 35.

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