On November 2, 2018, faith groups across Canada -- including the Christian Reformed Church in North America -- united their voices in an appeal to the people of Myanmar to "seek justice and reconciliation."
Their joint statement follows a Sept. 20 decision by the Canadian House of Commons to recognize the violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar as genocide.
Canadian Ministries Director, Darren Roorda, signed the statement on behalf of the CRCNA. It includes this paragraph:
"As faith leaders of diverse communities in Canada, we are united in our belief and concern for the inviolable dignity of all persons. Each of our respective religious traditions calls on us to be a light in the darkness, a voice in the deafening silence, to make our voices heard and our presence felt when peace has been shattered and the vulnerable are being persecuted. It is for these reasons that we feel compelled to speak out together for the people of Myanmar, particularly the Rohingya, and to say: Never again! No more war, no more dehumanizing our brothers and sisters, no more killing of innocent women, men and children. We strongly encourage the people of Myanmar to build peace, to heal the wounds of your communities through dialogue and forgiveness, and to let justice be realized for those who have been wronged."
See the complete statement in the attached PDF.