Commission on Global Reconciliation
Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals
From 2000 to 2015, eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) addressed the needs of the “poorest on earth” with some success. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has voted to commit 0.7% of its budget annually toward international development programs, and it encouraged dioceses and congregations to do the same. Since 2006, The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee has supported the achievement of the MDGs by assigning 0.7% of our diocesan budget toward their achievement. The re-formulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, build on the progress made thus far.
Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015–2030
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved
nutrition,and promote sustainable agriculture
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
resilientinfrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Commission on Global Reconciliation
The Commission on Global Reconciliation is a commission appointed by the bishop. Its responsibilities include:
- Making informed recommendations to the bishop and Commission on Finance and Administration about the disbursement of the 0.7% funds that our diocese has pledged toward projects that will further the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Building an accessible database of and facilitating connections among all ministries in the diocese engaged in world mission and international development.
- Providing opportunities for education about and engagement with works of global reconciliation ― including using our connection in the Anglican Communion to build relationships with people and communities in the developing world.
Guidelines for Recommendations
In order to decide among a number of worthy requests, we have established the following guidelines:
- That the money will be used to meet one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals directly.
- That there be a continuing relationship between the recipients and members of the diocese.
- That the funds do not go to a thithird-partynding organization but directly to a program that is administering/using the funds.
- That there be demonstrated accountability in the form of a report, letter, pictures, or the like.
In your recommendations please include:
- Name of the agency
- Name and address of the contact person (and email if available)
- Amount Requested
- How and to whom funds are transferred for this program
- A description of the program, including specifics about how the money will be used
- Feel free to use pictures if you have them
Please send your recommendations to the diocesan office. You may direct questions to Deacon Carol Smith.
Commission on Global Reconciliation Prayer
Grant us Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
A world where the weak are
A world where the riches of creation are
A world where different races and cultures live in harmony with mutual respect.
A world where peace is built with
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.