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Letters: B.C. faith leaders send support to Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix

Richmond pastor Christoph Reiners is one of many faith leaders in the region fed up with churches in the Fraser Valley flouting the public health orders
Richmond pastor Christoph Reiners is one of many local faith leaders to have signed a letter of support for Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix

Open letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix,

We are faith leaders from across British Columbia and from multiple denominations within the province. We wanted to publicly reach out to show our deep respect and appreciation for you, your staff and all those in leadership in this most challenging time.

We fully support the work you have done throughout 2020 and appreciate your calm, considerate guidance and wisdom as you work to keep us all safe.

As faith leaders we have worked hard to keep our communities safe and connected in many imaginative ways. Some of us have remained online throughout this pandemic while others have followed clearly laid out protocols for in-person worship gatherings and events in the summer and early fall.

Each of us, along with our leadership, has prayerfully made decisions that we felt best cared for our congregations. Throughout all of these decisions it has been incredibly helpful to have strong guidance from the provincial health officer, the BC CDC and the provincial government.

None of us have served in ministry through a global pandemic before and we look to experts to help us through these times. Your work has been invaluable to us.

We have been deeply disappointed in the multiple times that the voices of a particular group of faith leaders have been spotlighted and amplified publicly criticizing your work and your mandates.

As you are already aware, those voices do not speak for all of us. We want to publicly reiterate our gratitude and support for your work.

We are deeply grateful that you have, from the beginning, taken time to be in conversation with faith leaders and have spoken publicly many times in support of the work we are doing. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Robert Daum to continue those conversations.

Thank you for your hard work. We continue to hold each of you, your staff, our government, BC’s front line workers and all impacted by COVID-19 in our prayers.

In peace and gratitude,

Rev. Aneeta Saroop

Pastor, Spirit of Life Lutheran Church, Vancouver

Rev. Kristen Steele

Pastor, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Langley

Rev. Dr. Gregory Mohr,

Bishop, BC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rev. Vida Jaugelis

Interim Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, District of North Vancouver

Rev. Kathy Martin

Assistant to the Bishop, BC Synod, ELCIC

Andrew Stephens-Rennie

Missioner, Valhalla Parish (comprising St. Stephen’s Anglican Church New Denver and St. David’s

Anglican Church, Castlegar)

Rev. Kelly Duncan

Rector, Parish of St George, Fort Langley

Rev. David Taylor,

Rector, St Dunstan's Anglican Church, Aldergrove

Rev. Lyndon Sayers

Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria

Rev Andrew Halladay

Vicar, St Andrew's Anglican Church, Langley

Rev Brenda Nestegaard Paul

Pastor, Trinity Anglican + Lutheran Church, Port Alberni

Reverend Brian J. Heinrich

Vicar, Saints Aidan & Bartholomew Anglican Parish, Gibsons

Rev. Erik Bjorgan

Pastor, Deo Lutheran Church, Salmon Arm

Rev. Curtis Aguirre

Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penticton

Rev. Terry Richardson

Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Nanaimo

Rev. Diana Edis

Pastor, St. Paul's Lutheran, Prince Rupert

Rev. David Hunter

Pastor, Peace Lutheran Congregation, Vernon

Rev. Jennifer Wilson

Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Delta

Rev. Matthew Senf

Interim Pastor, Oakridge Lutheran Church, Vancouver

Rev. Katrina Vigen

Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Vancouver

Rev. Patricia Giannelia

Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Kelowna

Rev. Carolina Glauster

Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, North Vancouver

Rev. John Caswell Boyd

Pastor, St. George's Anglican Parish, Kamloops

Rev. Eric Krushel

Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Coquitlam

Rev. Christoph Reiners

Pastor, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Richmond

Rev. Peter Hanson

Pastor, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Surrey

Rev. Lyle McKenzie

Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria

Rev. Thomas Keeley

Pastor, Dunbar Lutheran, Vancouver, and Benediction Lutheran, Delta

Rev. Fleming Blishen

Pastor, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Prince George

Rev. Patrick Blaney

Regional Dean of North Vancouver and Rector of St. John’s Anglican Church North Vancouver

Rev. Marlys Moen

Pastor, Mount Zion Lutheran Church, New Westminster

Rev. Jane Gingrich

Pastor, Hills of Peace Lutheran Church, Kamloops

Rev. Roland Ziprick,

Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Maple Ridge

The Rev. Peggy Trendell-Jensen

Deacon, St. Clement’s Anglican Church, North Vancouver

Rev. Hardo Ermisch,

Pastor, St.Marks Lutheran, Vancouver

Rev. Brian Krushel

Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Kelowna

Rev Robin Jacobson

Minister, Trinity United Church, Vernon, BC

The Rev Canon Chris Harwood-Jones

All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon BC

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