[ACNS] Anglican churches and congregations around the globe are responding to the Syrian refugee crisis with offers of help, support, prayers and political lobbying.
In New Zealand, the Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson has joined forces with his Roman Catholic counterpart, Cardinal John Dew, to call on the government to double its annual refugee cap. Since 1987 New Zealand has capped the number of refugees it will receive at 750 each year - a number that has remained unchanged since it was introduced. The two are now calling for that number to increase, saying that there is a need for “an urgent collective response.”
“The response is government-led and can involve communities and churches working together,” they said in a statement.
Within the province, the diocese of Wellington has said its congregations are ready to house and provide financial support for 40 families - around 160 people - as part of a “One family, one parish” initiative.