Recently nominated by Denmark for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) turn 15 this year. In 2001, the 189 states of the United Nations agreed to eight MDGs with clear, measurable terms and a timeline lasting until 2015. As the calendar turned this January, the global community finds itself at the end-date for these objectives.
On Feb. 3, a national anti-poverty strategy called Dignity for All was released on Parliament Hill. The plan was developed by people who know poverty first-hand; it was coordinated by Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), a Christian organization, and Canada Without Poverty, a national anti-poverty group. The Canadian Council of Churches plans to host forums on poverty across the country this spring, so local church members and national church leaders can connect local issues with this national plan.Login to View
“It’s never a questioning of its value,” said Vanderkooij. “We recognize CAP as one of the ways that we, as a church community, walk together and bear each other’s burdens.”
Christians and even people without faith often turn to the church first for help. How will we respond? How can we respond preemptively so help is not too late?
February is Black History month, a time to honour and remember the stories of Black Canadians and Americans. We remember stories of Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Perhaps it is time to reflect on some new stories.