Among its many prophetic actions this past summer, General Convention recognized the extreme effect of the current global economic crisis on the world’s poorest people. In 2009 we exceeded— for the first time— over 1 billion people trying to exist on less than $1.25 a day. As the crisis continued during 2009 an additional 55-90 million more people have dropped below the extreme poverty line.
One of the ways General Convention responded to this alarming and unacceptable reality was to unanimously pass resolution D018 which invites “dioceses and parishes in the Episcopal Church to focus the season of Lent 2010 as a time of penitential reflection on the brokenness of the global economic order and its reformation in light of the Gospel. . .”
EGR is encouraging every person, parish and diocese in the Episcopal Church to observe D018, devoting Lenten prayer and study to our broken economic order and focusing our hearts and minds on its renewal.
To this end, EGR has gathered resources for use by individuals and congregations. By clicking this link (http://e4gr.wordpress.com/lent-2010-considering-d018/) you will find a host of recommended curricula, books, video clips, copies of General Convention resolutions, and a copy of a Pastoral Letter from the House of Bishops which calls the church to economic justice and renewal in this time of crisis.
Last week’s earthquake in Haiti and the human, spiritual, physical, and economic destruction that followed in its wake reminds us that people of faith do not have any time to waste in attending to the devastation of extreme poverty, justice for the poor, and renewed economic order. Won’t you join us?
Or you can visit our website at www.e4gr.org shortly, and all of the information will be there as well!