Lent 2010: Addressing the Global Economic Crisis

General Convention 2009 recognized the extreme nature of this situation and approved Resolution D018 “Address the Global Economic Crisis” (click Address the Global Economic Crisis, or here to view). Contained in that resolution was a resolve to “invite 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. . .”

We want to encourage you and your diocese to take seriously this mandate from Resolution D018.

Below is a list of resources that have been helpful to many of us at EGR, as they work to understand the nature of the problem of global poverty.  These materials contain many practical suggestions that individuals and dioceses might take to help alleviate the crushing realities of poverty in the United States and around the world.

Please feel free to contact us (e4gred (at) gmail (dot) com) for additional help and information. We would love to hear about what you and your diocese is doing in response to Resolution D018.  Please do share your stories with us here on the blog this Lenten season.


  1. A Pastoral Letter From the Bishops of the Episcopal Church meeting in Hendersonville, North Carolina, March 13-18, 2009
  2. General Convention 2009 Resolution D018 “Address the Global Economic Crisis”
  3. General Convention 2009 resolution D019 “Recommit to the MDG’s as a Mission Priority
  4. The Resource Booklet: Books, online resources, and articles (listed below or click here to download it in pdf and share with your congregation or diocese.)


  • Alkire, Sabina and Edmund Newell. What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World, Church Publishing. To order from Episcopal Books and Resources, click here or order here through Amazon.com
  • John Hammock. Practical idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid (Studies in Global Equity), Harvard University Press. Order on Amazon here.
  • Douglas, Ian. Waging Reconciliation: God’s Mission in a time of Globalization and crisis, Church Publishing 2002. Order online here.
  • Van Drimmelen, Rob. Faith in a Global Economy: A Primer for Christians, Geneva WCC Publications, 1998Order online here.
  • Gillett, Richard W. The New Globalization: Reclaiming the Lost ground of our Christian Social Tradition, Cleveland Pilgrim Press, 2005. Order online here.
  • Foster, Claire and Edmund Newell. The Worlds We Live In: Dialogues with Rowan Williams on Global Economics and Politics, London: Darton, Longman and Todd 2005. Order online here.
  • Chew, Carol and Peter Sipple. Abwenzi Means Friends: A Child’s Exploration of the Millennium Development Goals, Morehouse Education Resources, 2009.

Abwenzi means Friends is a delightful book written for children ages 7-10, and is a chronicle of a visit to Africa made by the authors’ African Children’s Ministry. The book, with beautiful illustrations by artist Carol Chew, highlights in words and pictures the conditions of this impoverished area of the world. The book will help children learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and the work that individuals, groups, and countries are doing to end poverty, hunger, and disease. The book also offers ideas for things that children and churches can do to part of the solution.
Also included in this package is a copy of the Abwenzi Means Friends Leader’s Guide, ideal for use with children’s or intergenerational classes, helping better understand the plights of the people in Africa and understanding the Millennium Development Goals. Order online here.

On-line Resources

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation: www.e4gr.org

Sojourners: Faith, Politics, Culture: http://www.sojo.net/

United Nations MDG Web site: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Trinity Institute’s upcoming program “Building an Ethical Economy” with the Archbishop of Canterbury – January 27-29, 2010.  More information at http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/faith/institute/2010/


From the Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Archbishop Praises MDGs The Archbishop of Canterbury used his New Year message to commend the         Millennium Development Goals as a continuing focus for relieving the suffering of people across the world.
  • Archbishop of Canterbury encourgages cooperation on MDGs On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Millennium Development Goals in New York, the Archbishop of Canterbury has           underlined the commitment of the Anglican Church to continue to work for the eradication of poverty.

Do you have more resources you would like to see listed or suggest? Please comment or drop us a line!


6 responses

20 01 2010
20 01 2010

All the people on this little planet we call home have to learn to take care of each other. Or we will not survive.

20 01 2010
Anne Doyle

A new resource called 2dollardifference has been launched to raise awareness about hunger and poverty. http://2dollardifference.com encourages people to experience in a meaningful, albeit partial, way the situation of half of the population of the world: eating for $2 a day.

“Simple but not easy,” says the web site; participants eat for $2 a day for one week, then give the difference between their reduced food costs and what they usually spend on food (i.e., groceries, coffees, snacks, meals at restaurants) to an organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger.

A host of materials at http://2dollardifference.com support the experience-reflect-act process, including a list of relevant books, a special prayer, a sheet of intentions, costs of single servings of various foods, food diary, etc. The site also offers the “chat post” where folks who eat for $2 a day can share online their experiences and reflections. A few organizations that focus on the alleviation of hunger and poverty are listed as possible targets for donations, but participants can donate to any organization they choose.

Arising from a project called “We Can Live with Less” at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado (http://WeCanLiveWithLess.wordpress.com), 2dollardifference is designed for individuals or congregations and can be done anytime. To learn more, please visit the web site at http://2dollardifference.com.

Thank you.

21 01 2010
Bishop Michael Doe, General Secretary, USPG (London)

I was very interested to see the focus of your Lenten programme.

You might also be interested in this article from the Bible Society here in the U.K. It seems to me that it hits a number of nails right on the head!


21 01 2010
Don and Roberta Thurstin Timmerman

We must stand up to the powers that be, the military, its corporations and its representatives in Congress. Most of our resources and funds are wasted and used up by these people in invading and occupying others countries, continuing to support its 740 military bases in the world. The military is the biggest pollutter in the world. It has destroyed lives, livelihoods, homes, crops, etc. and still continues to do so with U.S. tax money. The Church must stand up to these powers of the world, and it needs to be clear that the poor people need to be given their human rights before any funds or resources are spent on these worldly powers’ enterprises. Christ did it. We who follow His Way must do it as well.

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