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For Parish Representatives

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Overview of Role: 

 

As a Parish Representative your responsibility is to invite your members of your congregation into a deeper sense of relationship with our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world in general and with those in the greatest need in particular.    As MDG Parish reps such an invitation is intended to be within the context of the MDGs.  In your dual role as Episcopal Relief & Development Parish Representatives you are also expected to continually advise your congregation about the opportunities to “heal a hurting world” offered by this highly regarded Episcopal organization.

 

Serving as your parish representative requires that you listen carefully to the needs and priorities of your congregation, meeting them where they are while creating a sense of possibility about how involvement with the MDGs might nourish them as Christians.  We expect you to work with other people in your congregation to develop plans and strategies that invigorate the lives of your congregation and deepen their faith. 

Specific Expectations: 

 

  1. Become Educated: 

Join ERD, EPPN and One Episcopalian: 

Episcopal Relief and Development: www.er-d.org 

Episcopal Public Policy Network: www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn

One Episcopalian: www.episcopalchurch.org/ONE

 

Attend Diocesan MDG/ERD Task Force Workshop:  Go to Calendar of Upcoming Events.

 

Additional Resources:           

www.newjersey.anglican.org/outreach/index.html 

www.mdgtf.pbworks.com 

 

  1. Meet with the rector and key leaders in your parish to discuss your interest in developing a MDG parish task force.  

 

Listen to their suggestions and concerns.  Obtain names of people who they think may be of interest.  Talk about how the Task Force may fit into other parish initiatives and concerns.   Use this as an opportunity to explore the issue of local versus global, i.e, who is my neighbor?  Take to heart the concerns of all those present and try to consciously respond to them over time to the extent it is possible.

 

  1. Generate Interest in the MDGs.   

             

The following are among many that might be considered.  Look at www.mdgtf.pbworks   under “Cool Things Churches Have Done” and “More Ideas and Resources” for more ideas.

 

  • Include information about the MDGs in your church bulletin.

               Each month has a specific theme.  Here is one for this month.

  

  • Hold a MDG Workshop in Your Parish 

Show The Millennium Development Goals:  Dream or Reality

                  27 minutes - Order from Bullfrog Films – 800-543-3764

                  Personal viewing cost - $29.95 plus $7.00 s& h-  $36.95

                  Check Lending Library at www.mdgtf.pbworks.com

Discuss Reactions/Thoughts (20 minutes)

Review ERD, EPPN, ONE brochures (20 minutes)

Closing Discussion - What Now?

 

  • Lead an Adult/High School MDG Study Group. 

Start six-week study group using “God’s Mission in the World”.  Study guides  are $4 each and can be ordered from http:/forwardmovement.org or calling    1-800-543-1813.

 

  • Establish a Display with Brochures in a Prominent Location

In addition to a display with flyers and pamphlets, one could prepare a display using more concrete materials that make the goals more real.  See “Cool Things Churches Have Done” - MDG Trinity Cathedral Display at www.mdgtf.pbworks.com.

 

  1. Create an MDG/ERD Task Force in Your Church: 

 

  • Develop and implement a plan for education and action in your congregation. 
  • Get parishioners to join ERD, EPPN and ONE Episcopalian.
  • Become a ONE Congregation.  See www.episcopalchurch.org/ONE.
  • Post flyers and make brochures readily available in a prominent spot.
  • Disseminate information on current issues in bulletins and through  e-mails.
  • Develop a long-term commitment with a country or issue and grow it.  Apply for matching funds to support the international project you have developed. The application deadlines are  April 15 and September 15.  Details are available at TinyURL.com/MDGgrants.
  • Have specific plans for each Advent and Lent.
  • Provide Sunday School Teachers with Information on Curriculum available online at www.mdgtf.pbworks.com - “Resources” Curriculum for Children/Youth.

 

5.  Participate in MDG Training, Sharing and Support Activities: 

 

·         Keep in touch with your Convocation MDG  convocation Coordinator & other MDG Representatives.   

·         Attend  pre-Advent and pre-Lenten meetings in your respective Convocations to      discuss ideas, resources and plans for these seasons. 

·         Attend annual MDG Representative training program and annual celebration.

 

6.  Disseminate Information from Episcopal Relief & Development and Episcopal Public Policy Network and the MDG Task Force.  

 

  • Provide bulletin inserts and other forms of information to the congregations in order to make them aware of important issues and ways they can become engaged.  This information may be in the form of a bulletin insert and or information in the monthly newsletter.  Creative ways of sharing important information is encouraged.  You are also encourage to distribute the Diocesan MDG Task Force newsletter.

 

7.  Sharing Stories about What You Have Done and Learned. 

 

      MDG Parish Reps are encouraged to send any stories or articles to ___________________ for possible publication in our bi-annual newsletter.   We also encourage you to send such stories to Episcopal Relief & Development or EPPN if  appropriate. 

 

8.  Semi-Annual Reporting  

 

       MDG Parish Reps are expected to prepare reports and submit them to their Convocation representatives in January and June of each year.   These reports will be used to help us determine how to better support parish representatives and to know what is happening in your congregation.  Click here to download the report form.

 

9.   Carry Our Responsibilities Defined in the Episcopal Relief & Development Parish Representative Guidelines. 

 

      MDG Parish Representatives have the dual responsibility of serving as Episcopal Relief & Development Representatives.  Please refer to “Primary Partners” Episcopal Relief & Development Parish Representative Handbook.   

10. Pray the Counting Prayer: 

 

“The World now has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will.” Amen

 

Mission Statement:   

Our mission is to create a Diocesan-wide movement to promote awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to work with congregations to develop plans for their achievement.  The Task Force’s focus on people facing extreme poverty throughout the world is based on our baptismal covenant “to strive for justice and peace among all people.” 

 

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