In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program
In general the United States has a very high standard of living, although wealth is not evenly distributed. Poverty exists in many pockets of the country, but that poverty is generally not as extreme as the poverty that exists in other countries around the world. In 2000 the United Nations (UN), an organization to which many UUs feel closely aligned, set eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), for the world to reach by 2015. The goals are:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality5. Improve maternal health6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases7. Ensure environmental sustainability8. Develop a global partnership for developmentFrom the website, you can print out the latest progress report. The 2007 Progress Chart not only reports how close different regions are to attaining specific goals; it also uses color-coding to project the possibility of attaining the goal by 2015. Review the progress report. Which goals are faring poorly? Which ones seem attainable?
If you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you can download Google Earth and the MDG Monitor, which tracks the goal.
Ask how many youth were aware of these goals before today. Ask how many think adults in their congregation are aware of the MDGs? Invite participants to help educate the congregation on the MDGs. Several ideas for ways to do this include:
Any of the suggestions above will work just as well in the community outside your congregation. Brainstorm places at which to disperse MDG information; a school fair, community health fairs, and Earth Day celebrations are a few possibilities. Bear in mind, however, that if you distribute the wallet card, recipients outside your congregation might think you represent the ELCA. If you want to distribute the cards at a community event, consider inviting an Evangelical Lutheran Church to co-host the activity and make an interfaith connection.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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