As the next round of MDG-related grants is being discussed, we'd like to remind everyone of the ongoing good happening globally thanks to grants awarded for mission work in 2013-2014.
The deadline for the spring granting cycle is April 1st. Does your parish/mission/school/ministry have a project that works to meet one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (which focus on extreme poverty in the developing world)? If so, you're invited to submit a grant application. The criteria for funding as well as descriptions of previous granted projects can be found here...
The MDGs are about ending extreme poverty. Here are some useful ways to visualize the biggest ongoing challenges to reaching the goals.
In 2012, the Diocese of North Carolina's Millennium Development Goals Subcommittee awarded global missions grants totaling $19,800. This money was divided between four organizations whose work addresses one or more of the Goals. Learn all about the grantees here...
April 25 - World Malaria Day - is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world. Established and approved at the 60th World Health Assembly (WHA) in March 2007, the purpose of the day is to raise awareness of malaria as a disease that is preventable and treatable and to mobilize communities across the world to get involved in the fight against it.
In 2010, the Diocese of North Carolina's Millennium Development Goals Subcommittee awarded global missions grants totaling $27,524. This money was divided between nine organizations whose work addresses one or more of the Goals. Learn all about the grantees here...
In 2009, the Diocese of North Carolina's Millennium Development Goals Subcommittee awarded global missions grants totaling $26,600. This money was divided between eight organizations whose work addresses one or more of the Goals. Learn all about the grantees here...
MDG Sunday, as defined by the 2006 General Convention, is [...] designated the last Sunday after Pentecost as a special day of "prayer, fasting and giving in The Episcopal Church toward global reconciliation and the MDGs." In 2010, MDG Sunday falls on November 21st.
Here's a prayer for MDG Sunday:
An MDG Prayer
Most loving God, your concern for the poor is unrelenting – draw our concern into yours;
Your compassion for the poor is limitless – draw our compassion into yours.
As you long for justice, may we also strive for it.
Forgive our doubt, forgive our neglect.
Open our eyes to structures of oppression, and free us from apathy and indifference.
Give us courage to accept our responsibility, wisdom to chart a sound course amid complexity, perseverance to finish our work,
And the gift of your Spirit to do what alone we cannot do.
So may we serve to the honor and glory of your Name and the well-being of your beloved people throughout the world.
From: "Preach the Gospel at All Times. Use Words if Necessary." A publication by Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, 2006.
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The Diocese of North Carolina will host the national Tri-History Conference at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh on June 21-23, 2010. This event, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, and the Episcopal Women's History Project, will include workshops on the work of the church toward achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Detailed information about registration, programming, lodging and meals, and more, is here...
Despite the fact that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church had to cut nearly $23 million from the Church's budget over the next three years, the 0.7% funding for Millennium Development Goals was restored in the approved budget thanks in large part to testimony offered by a coalition committed to serving the world's poor. Read all about it here.