[Europe.justus] Fwd: Recommit 0.7% -- Now is the time!

Bishop bishop at tec-europe.org
Tue Sep 22 05:45:58 GMT 2009

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> De : Devon Anderson <e4gred at gmail.com>
> Date : 18 septembre 2009 21:50:57 HAEC
> À : bishop at tec-europe.org
> Objet : Recommit 0.7% -- Now is the time!
> Répondre à : e4gred at gmail.com
> Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
> Recommit 0.7% -- Now is the time!
> September 15, 2009
> Dear EGR Board, Friends, Affiliates, Activists and Enthusiasts:
> In the church, Fall is budget season.  It is that time of year when  
> diocesan councils pull together their figures and numbers to create  
> the budget proposal they will present to diocesan convention for  
> approval.  It is that time of year when vestries and parish finance  
> committees organize their fall stewardship drives and discern how to  
> allocate their collective resources in the upcoming year.
> And, it is the moment when your voices and action are most needed on  
> behalf of the world's poorest people.
> EGR is launching its "Recommit 0.7%" campaign - an effort to  
> mobilize the EGR community to act and raise its voice in these  
> budget processes, encouraging a recommitment to 0.7% giving to MDGs  
> on all levels of the church: one person, one congregation, one  
> diocese and one Body of Christ.
> In the current economic climate it will be tempting for dioceses and  
> congregations to cut 0.7% funding for MDGs as a cost-saving  
> measure.  And yet, a budget reflects the heart of the church and  
> gives us the clearest indication of who we are as Christians and  
> what we hold most dear.  It is our job to remind the faithful that  
> mission belongs in the heart of our budgets, around which we arrange  
> the rest of our important work and ministry.
> As leaders in our dioceses and parishes, we can take our cue from  
> General Convention, held this past summer in Anaheim, California.   
> Facing overwhelming financial constraints, General Convention cut  
> nearly $23 million dollars from its triennial budget. And yet, what  
> remained at tremendous cost - was 0.7% for MDGs.  Now is the time to  
> call our dioceses and parishes to that same mission-centered,  
> prophetic leadership.
> This email is to invite you to participate in this vital work.  
> Linked here is your EGR "tool box" to help equip you in leading your  
> diocese and parish to recommit to 0.7% giving for MDGs for 2010.  If  
> your diocese or parish has never before designated 0.7%, this  
> toolbox is a clear and easy way for you to successfully invite them  
> to do so for 2010!
> This "tool box" includes:
> Talking Points - Ideas for how to make your case for 0.7% giving,  
> and background information about the Episcopal Church's on-going  
> commitment to MDGs as a top mission priority.
> Testifying Dos and Don'ts - Friendly little tips on how to give  
> effective testimony.
> Buttons - Nothing helps make a case better that visibility!  We've  
> included our "Recommit 0.7%" red button graphic from General  
> Convention for anyone to use, and a cheap place to make the  
> buttons.  We do have some left from GC, available while supplies  
> last. Email to inquire about them.
> Press Release Template - Organizing people to testify at diocesan  
> convention? Get good press coverage by distributing a press release  
> with YOUR message clearly quoted.
> Copies of GC Resolutions - General Convention passed two key pieces  
> of  MDG-related legislation.  See them in their entirety (D018) and  
> (D019).
> Finally, we want you let us know what you're doing and how you're  
> doing it!  EGR will be tracking what's going on in the dioceses so  
> we can share with YOU--the EGR community--what people are learning  
> and what is working for them!  We've set up a forum in the google  
> group, and will start a conversation on facebook. We know that this  
> work does not happen without you, so please join in. And as always,  
> please feel free to contact us at: e4gred at gmail.com with updates,  
> questions and suggestions.
> EGR is an Episcopal grassroots movement of connection and  
> collaboration to seek and serve Christ in the extreme poor around  
> the world.
> Together, with YOU, we are transforming the church as it heals the  
> world.
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