Dear Disciples of Rupert’s Land,
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Indeed, God prepares, clothes, feeds and loves creation. God cares for Creation through the rich generosity of interdependent relationships, we are that which God has called to show sustaining compassion and care for the human family.
Bishops and Archbishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have sent an Open Letter on Guaranteed Basic Income to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, calling for the immediate implementation of Guaranteed Basic Income for all people who dwell on this land.
Will you now consider signing and sending the attached form letter to your Member of Parliament, in support of the Bishops’ request.
Thank you for your ministry, and thank you for your hard work of discernment through these extraordinary days.
When using the provided templates, please note:
· This letter may be sent by email or by Canada Post to your MP
o Letters to MPs sent through Canada Post do not require any postage
o If sending by post, the MPs local office will receive the letter more quickly than their Ottawa office
· It is critical to include your address, especially your postal code, in the signature portion of the letter that you send; this is how MPs determine that you are a constituent who they represent in the House of Commons
Letter campaigns like this are most effective when MPs receive a high volume of letters about the same issue. While it is more work, it is more effective if every member of a community writes a letter or email than to have one letter sent on behalf of everyone. This is a case where quantity is critical.