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Articles
Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety




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U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation

8/8/2003

  

 

From his sobering opening reference to the day just ended in Accra, Ghana — “a day with many acts of beauty, of mercy,” but also full of death — to his concluding challenge, Jeffrey Sachs engaged his audience in a vision of hope, one that requires accepting responsibility for a whole world.

“Seven thousand African children died today of malaria, another 7,000 of AIDS. One thousand died of tuberculosis, 15,000 of diseases which are utterly, completely preventable and treatable,” said the professor of sustainable development, health policy and management at Columbia University, speaking at  “God’s Mission in a Global Perspective,” a July 31 forum hosted by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold.  

“When we talk of the gap between rich and poor, of the extraordinary wealth we have in this country, we are talking of the coexistence of wealth beyond imagining and poverty that is so extreme that it kills millions every year.”

And it needn’t be so, he said: The United States could assure that it wouldn’t be so with very little sacrifice. “The greatest paradox for me, as someone who has tried to understand poverty, is how we can go day to day in such a world, when through our good fortunes, our good luck, our ingenuity, we’ve been able to develop a standard of living so vast, so sensitive, that those problems and that suffering could readily not only be addressed, but eliminated.

 “How can we not be rushing to put an end to this horrific and unnecessary suffering, when it could so easily be ended in our own time?”
One billion people, one-sixth of the world’s population, Sachs explained, lives in poverty so devastating that every day is a struggle simply to survive. These are people caught in poverty, caught in cycles that prevent production and thus revenue and thus improvement. “The more one looks at it, the more one knows the interconnected tragedy — people trapped not because there is no solution, but trapped because the world has looked the other way.”

There are very practical solutions, he said, “and none of it is rocket science. It takes people: doctors, nurses, laborers who pave roads, people who dig wells. Those are the people that society needs. And they can be empowered.”

Not only can this be done, said Sachs, who is special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on poverty- elimination initiatives, “but the world, including our country, has committed to do it.” The Millennial Goals, accepted by 150 world leaders at an extraordinary assembly at the United Nations in September 2000, vowed to cut world poverty — the plight of the extremely poor — by half by the year 2015. “President Clinton signed on, representing all of us,” said Sachs.

The rich nations of the world agreed to commit 0.7 percent of their gross national product to this effort. The U.S. has not kept that promise, said Sachs. It gives 0.1 percent (one penny out of $10). “And Africa is getting one percent of that — one penny out of $100.”

He told how he despaired about the stinginess of the government and the Bush administration’s broken promises. He pointed out that, if all the rich nations paid their share, it would mean $175 billion a year. “Do you know what you could do with that?” he asked.  “End extreme global poverty. End AIDS, tuberculosis. Provide fuel for hundreds of millions, pave roads, guarantee that every child could go through not just elementary school, but high school.”

The United States is so rich, so fortunate, he said, that it could end all that suffering, and “we wouldn’t have to do anything more than what we have already promised.” In fact, he said, if the wealthiest 400 people in the United States, with their $69 billion in annual income, just gave back their recent tax cut of 10 percent, that $7 billion “could save several billion people.”

Sachs believes this is the moral challenge of this generation. And his audience, standing to applaud him, seemed to agree with his last words: “We can end extreme global poverty. The stakes are so high, the opportunities so vast. How can we not do this?”

U.N. 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

General Convention resolution endorsing these goals still awaiting action.


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