NATIONAL and WORLD AFFAIRS
(including Millennium Development Goals)


DIRECTORY

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:

The Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) was
urged during a hearing on June 12 to modify the Episcopal Church's five
mission priorities by adding an emphasis on children, adoption of the
Millennium Development Goals, ministry in Appalachia, prison ministry or
evangelism.

Chair Pan Adams said the committee was delighted at the number of
people who attended the hearing, resulting in a standing-room-only
crowd. "It was a wonderful way to begin Convention," she said, "to
listen to the yearnings of the church right now."

A dozen people spoke on behalf of the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), an eight-prong declaration that has at its
core the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by the year 2015. The
Rev. Michael Kinman, executive director of Episcopalians for Global
Reconciliation, called the MDGs "humanity at its best, the body of
Christ at our most bold." Noting that 71 dioceses already have signed on
in support of the goals, [ Nevada is one of those 71 ! ] he asked the committee
to "bless and name what God is already doing."

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada recalled the start of Jesus'
public ministry in her remarks in support of the MDGs. She noted Jesus
read from Isaiah in which the prophet proclaims God's reign as a time
when good news is preached to the poor, the blind receive sight and the
oppressed are set free. "The Millennium Development Goals are an icon, a
vision, a lens of the reign of God in our own day," she said.

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