July 8th is the midway point in the United Nations’ campaign to reduce extreme poverty in the world by 2015 through the Millennium Development Goals.
Materials to celebrate a special Millennium Development Goals Sunday in your parish include a complete worship service with sermon and prayers of the people, bulletin inserts and background information. Curriculum for children and youth are also included with PowerPoint presentations of MDGs and another with an MDG atlas from the World Bank. God’s Mission in the World, a study guide provided by the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations was used for adult curriculum.
These materials are available for your use on July 8 or at any other time. They were prepared by the Diocese of Texas and can be accessed from the diocesan Web site.
Background on the Millennium Development Goals:
Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets established by the United Nations to cut world poverty in half by 2015.
The goals were established in the early 1990s by development experts who looked at the various problems that make and keep people poor. They came up with 8 targets which would enable most people to not only meet basic needs, but to contribute to their society in more productive ways. These targets are known today as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In 2000, most of the countries of the world re-affirmed their commitment to reaching these goals:
The 8 Millennium Development 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. Develop a global partnership for development