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Church joins Jubilee Initiative

Posted on: January 12, 1998 2:32 PM
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(Anglican Journal) The Anglican Church of Canada will join churches around the world in the Call for Jubilee, an international ecumenical initiative to celebrate the millennium.

A recent meeting of the Council for General Synod committed the church to participation in the Canadian Jubilee Initiative, part of a larger, international project to help cancel international debt.

The resolution to support Jubilee participation came from the Partners in Mission Committee and was backed by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, the ecojustice and the Primate's World Relief and Development committees.

An information package given to council members quoted Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "The leaders of rich nations should look to the Bible for inspiration. Every 50 years you make a new beginning - this is the Jubilee principle in the book of Leviticus. You cancel any debts still owed; if there are slaves, you set them free - it is a chance for renewal by everybody."