"The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love."
The Book of Common Prayer
The #1 Mission Priority of the Episcopal Church
Did you know that in the year 2000, one hundred, eighty-nine nations pledged to take specific actions to address the underlying causes of poverty? That plan, called the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs) is a blueprint for long-term systemic improvement in the lives of the poorest of the poor. The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief and Development have embraced the MDGs; we're asked to do the same through our dioceses, churches and individual action and prayer.
The goals are (1) eradicate extreme poverty, (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) develop a global partnership for development.
What can YOU do to become a model for inclusion and justice making?
- Attend Anti-Racism training workshops.
- Commit yourself to being a multicultural competent person resisting racism.
- Challenge prejudice, intolerance and racism in the church and the community wherever it exists.
- Join the Anti-Racism Committee in your church of diocese.
- Join the other denominations and faith traditions to dismantle institutional and systemic racism.
- See the connection between racism and other forms of oppression
- Read and share articles, books and publications on racism and related oppressions to sustain you on your journey.
- Establishing Provincial Anti-Racism Networks and Training for Trainers.
- Developing a diocesan workbook of best practices and strategies for community building.
- Sharing and developing training resources with the Ecumenical Anti-Racism Partners Network.