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February 16, 2012

Presiding Bishop Urges Millennium Development Goals as Lenten Focus

The focus of Lent should be singular and directed.  And that focus is not the MDG’s however blessed be their name Ms. Schori thinks they are. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites a focus on the Millennium Development Goals for Lent 2012.

“I invite you to use the Millennium Development Goals as your focus for Lenten study and discipline and prayer and fasting this year,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori said.  “The Millennium Development Goals are truly reflective of several of the Five Marks of Mission.”


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Wow they’re back! She hasn’t spoken of them in what, two years now?

Yours in Christ,

[1] Posted by Jacobsladder on 2-16-2012 at 05:04 PM · [top]

As absurd and badly-written as the message is, I think the most disturbing part about it is the ending:

I wish you a blessed Lent and a joyful resurrection at the end of it that may be shared with others around the world.

It’s an example of a tendency among revisionist theologians within and outside TEC to make the Resurrection an abstraction: a generalized “rising” in awareness, human progress, enlightenment, etc., rather than as the pivotal event in the history of our salvation. 

Quite apart from the question of why anyone would get up early on a Sunday morning for the sake of a United Nations initiative, this is not a gospel that saves souls.

[2] Posted by Pigeon on 2-16-2012 at 05:06 PM · [top]

Love the lower-case “r” in resurrection. Lets us know where she’s coming from.

[3] Posted by Nellie on 2-16-2012 at 05:58 PM · [top]

Come now Nellie.  We all know the resurrection is a myth.  Kate heard it from Dan Brown so it has to be true.

[4] Posted by Bill2 on 2-16-2012 at 06:20 PM · [top]

This is satire . . . right?

[5] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 2-16-2012 at 08:11 PM · [top]

This is satire . . . right?

I think a more precise description might be that this is theatre of the absurd, written by a very poor playwright.

[6] Posted by tjmcmahon on 2-16-2012 at 09:05 PM · [top]

Whatever it is, it’s ridiculous!

[7] Posted by cennydd13 on 2-16-2012 at 09:27 PM · [top]

This is satire . . . right?

Sadly no, Newbie.  This is absolutely serious in “New TEc.”

[8] Posted by Nikolaus on 2-16-2012 at 09:28 PM · [top]

No, this is part of the green initiative in TEc - recycling.  Due to the high cost of litigation and paper, and the inadequate amount of time to get to press of the HHS initiative that TEc’s RCRC ( position mandates, the PB is recycling the old MDG material.  After all, the previous materials are still undisturbed from their first publication, the EC took the MDGs out of the budget, and it might save a tree or two. 

Alternatively, this is the rambling product of the Dean of a School of Theology pretending to address a Christian matter.

[9] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 2-16-2012 at 10:02 PM · [top]

HA!  Recycling…Classic!
Bingo dwstroudmd+!


[10] Posted by Mike Bertaut on 2-16-2012 at 10:30 PM · [top]

It’s still ridiculous!

[11] Posted by cennydd13 on 2-16-2012 at 11:18 PM · [top]

I’ve always been curious, just who, exactly KJS prays to?  Or are her prayers like those of my vaguely “spiritual” friends, well-intentioned wishes that she flings roughly outward into the cosmos?

[12] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 2-17-2012 at 12:36 AM · [top]

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[13] Posted by MichaelA on 2-17-2012 at 02:42 AM · [top]

I think you all are missing the point.  This is an intentional misdirection on the part of KJSTEC is taking a lot of heat over the RCRC right now, what with its RCRC board membership and all.  Easiest way to distract everyone from the fact that GC officially promotes abortion even though the majority of people in the pews (at least in all the small town churches I know about)?  Have KJS say something about MDGs.  What happens? Katherine Ragsdale and the RCRC go to the back pages. 

What has always struck me about the TEC focus on MDGs is how little money is actually given for the purpose, given the amount of rhetoric.  What shocked me to begin with was not TEC’s adoption of the MDGs, but the very fact that they were not already, given their resources, sending 10 times that much money to struggling Churches in Africa and Asia.  The budget for iPads and new software for GC is probably more than TEC’s entire contribution. Not to mention that charitable giving in toto is dwarfed by the litigation budget (and then throw in the “off budget” amounts for litigation and you come out with a total litigation budget larger than the entire budget of most GS churches several times the size of TEC).
Funneling money via the UN is, of course, grossly inefficient- and comes with a lot of political strings attached, but getting aid to folks in the impacted parts of the globe via GS Churches or AR&D are good things (of course, TEC has its own way of doing things, with lots of strings attached, not to mention missionaries of the “new thing”).  And better provides for the “goals” of providing economic development, health care, human rights and drinking water.

[14] Posted by tjmcmahon on 2-17-2012 at 08:51 AM · [top]

I’d rather reflect on the 2nd Amendment for Lent.

[15] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 2-17-2012 at 09:37 AM · [top]

At least it isn’t about climate change.

[16] Posted by martin5 on 2-17-2012 at 12:08 PM · [top]

I am giving up sacrificing and self discipline for Lent in honor of the MDG and maybe even the 2nd Amendment as well.

[17] Posted by Don+ on 2-17-2012 at 12:09 PM · [top]

Compare this…

As you pray through the forty days of Lent, I encourage you to attend to the needs of those with the least around the world.  I would invite you to study, both about how human beings live in other parts of the world and our own responsibility as Christians. What the Bible says more often than anything else is to tend to the needs of the widows and orphans, those without.  Jesus himself says, “Care for the least of these.” I invite you to consider your alms-giving discipline this Lent and remember those in the developing world who go without. (Katharine Jefferts Schori)

... to this…

It [penance] does not mean sacrifice and self denial in the first place, but a “change of heart,” a victory over sin and a striving for holiness. The sacrifices of fasting and self-denial are only means and signs of this spiritual penance. If people understand this well, they will not put the main effort in Lent on technical feats of abstaining from pleasures (which sometimes make them proud or vain), but in sincere contrition, prayer and humble fight against their faults(Pope Benedict XIV)

[18] Posted by Festivus on 2-17-2012 at 12:20 PM · [top]

She lives in New York, right?

Maybe she’s gone Linsane.

Really, the MGDs ... again?

She’s just phoning it in now.  I thought she’d wrap up her final three years with a bang.  Very disappointing.

[19] Posted by Bill2 on 2-17-2012 at 01:11 PM · [top]

Bless her heart, I think I’m gonna have to write a check to ARDF this Lent.

[20] Posted by Ralinda on 2-17-2012 at 01:37 PM · [top]

No, thank you.
We are making use of the “Why Pray” 40 days of reflections/teachings on prayer by John DeVries, founder of Mission India.
We will be re-focusing on the first step of prayer as relationship with God, wherein we discover that God delights in our bringing to his attention those joys and concerns placed on our hearts, so that God will bring his blessing, grace and power to those situations.
Then the rest of the year we will pray for those things that need changing, healing, wholeness, salvation, restoration, reconciliation, etc. 
But first, our relationship with God, fostered and deepened through communication(prayer) with God.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks, anyway.
Perhaps you would have an even more fulfilling Lent if you did the same.

[21] Posted by Rob Eaton+ on 2-17-2012 at 04:31 PM · [top]

Let me offer a modest counter proposal to the Presiding Bishop.

For Lent- Let us consider ourselves as exiles on an Exodus as we cross the desert awaiting when we again celebrate the Passover in the Promised Land. Because of our sins we were exiles in the land of death, strangers in a strange land and through water we are being saved as we march in a somewhat confused fashion. While are in exile consider what we might give up and what we must take on to be ready for the the return to that land of promise which holds the Pascal mystery.

Sort of Messiah Development Goals.

[22] Posted by Stefano on 2-17-2012 at 05:36 PM · [top]

I think the actual TEC budget allotment for 2012 was less than $4,000.00 for MDG. This is an increase from $0.00 last year, which is probably why she did not mention it last year.“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matt. 6:21 I suspect the funds set aside for lawsuits will exceed this just a tad.

[23] Posted by Fr. Dale on 2-18-2012 at 11:40 AM · [top]

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the money previously allocated to the MDGs to be used for lobbying Congress to use tax money in support of the goals themselves?  IOW, pleading to the secular deity of TEC - the State - for an annual auto-da-fe’ of taxpayer pelf?

[24] Posted by Jeffersonian on 2-19-2012 at 05:47 PM · [top]

[25] Posted by Pb on 2-24-2012 at 10:02 AM · [top]

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