Despite my false start (a rehearsal!) for this on August 25, today is the REAL DAY!
What do you know about the Millienium Development Goals? What I have learned was not learned at church...my church has not addressed these issues as such.
I've learned about it from teh Internets; from Brian McLaren's books; from friends.
Here are the goals:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
2. Achieve universal primary education.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
4. Reduce child mortality.
5. Improve maternal health.
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
7. Ensure environmental sustainability,
8. Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief.
If you follow this link to the Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation page, you can find a great deal more information and links.
I have heard criticism of TEC's national emphasis on the MDG's. "We are supposed to be bringing people to Christ, not doing social services!" they say.
It seems quite clear to me that the way to bring people to Christ is to serve them (as he did), in his name and for his sake. Going out and grabbing them by the neck and saying, "Convert to our great religion!" smacks of the Crusades, dunnit?
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no feet but yours, no hands but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion
of Christ is to look out on a hurting world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless all now.
--Teresa of Avila--