Promoting partnerships for global mission and expanding current programs to better serve the church in the world will be at the heart of at least ten resolutions to be presented to legislative committees
FRIDAY June 16 -=== B-013 --The committee heard testimony on resolution B013, regarding ending genocide in Uganda (B013). Bishop Macleord Baker Ochola, II, retired bishop, Diocese of Kitgum, Uganda, spoke about the "unliveable, unspeakable situation" in Northern Uganda. The Rev. Emmanual Sswerwadda of the Church Center's Africa Partnership Office urged the committee to "move cautiously to understand the issues on the ground," noting that peoples other than the Acholi of Northern Uganda, who are specifically identified in the resolution, have been affected by the violence in the region
THURSDAY June 15 - The committee held a public hearing on resolutions A011, A012 and A013 which addressed the Palestine/Israel peace process and investment in Palestine. Given the large number of speakers,
Resolution B012, submitted by Bishop Edward Little of Northern Indiana, which suggests apologizing to the Jewish community "for our consistently unbalanced approach to the conflict in the Middle East," was postponed until the committee's next session on the morning of June 17.
PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE IS FOCUS OF COMMITTEE HEARING (Resolutions A011, A012 and A013)
WEDNESDAY June 14 - The bishops agreed that the Millennium Development Goals should be a central focus of the church’s mission and ministry. The House of Deputies must still concur with all these decisions before they become final, reports Bishop Katharine.
TUESDAY June 13: Resolution D022: "Millennium Development Goals and the ONE Episcopalian Campaign" was one of the resolutions aired by the National and International Concerns Committee.
Related resolutions (A008, A009, A142, C024, C041) were also up for discussion. A new initiative, ONE Episcopalian, seeks to rally Episcopalians -- ONE by ONE -- to the cause of ending extreme poverty and achieving the MDGs. Further information about ONE Episcopalian can be found at the link for "ONE EPISCOPALIAN" on our Home page
WORLD MISSION ISSUES
WHAT ARE MILLINNEUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs) ALL ABOUT ?
From Bishop Katharine June 12: I testified today at lunchtime at a hearing of the Program, Budget, and Finance Committee. This hearing was about the church’s priorities for the coming triennium, and several of us spoke of the need to make the Millennium Development Goals a centerpiece of our work as a church: [-- see below ]
Exerpts from ENS News release on the PB&F Committee:
Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F)
Chair Pan Adams said the committee was delighted at the number
A dozen people spoke on behalf of the United Nations Millennium
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada recalled the start of Jesus'
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