Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bishop Katharine on Poverty & Climate Change

The San Francisco Chronicle published an opinion piece by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori today. It is a succinct call to action to implement the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a means to address the interconnected problems of global poverty and climate change. I'm proud that our Church is exercising leadership in this area. Thank you Bishop Katharine!

It is one thing to invite congregations and dioceses to give .07% of their budgets for the MDGs. It is another thing to call on the U.S. government to take a leadership role in addressing these problems. Wouldn't it be nice if the U.S. were known for something other than imperial domination of oil rich countries under the guise of a War on Terror? Imagine if we used the money we are spending to "secure" and "rebuild" Iraq to actually promote sustainable international development instead? That might actually help to preempt terrorism.

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