The Study of the Millennium Development Goals
In 2000, all member states of the United Nations pledged to achieve eight goals by 2015, the changes of which will impact the entire world. Since the announcement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global movement has emerged in which people of all faiths and nationalities are working together to eradicate extreme poverty and the health, the economic, and the environmental problems associated with it. At the 2003 General Convention, the Episcopal Church adopted a resolution which endorsed and embraced the achievement of the MDGs, and encouraged every Diocese and every parish to do the same.
During the 2008-2009 program year, we challenged ourselves to do our part in achieving these goals through study, prayer, action and giving. This theme permeated all aspects of our parish life - Adult Forums, liturgies, and adult and youth education. We delved deeply inside ourselves as we tried to understand our role in God's mission and the Church's ministry, and found opportunities to learn, pray, raise awareness, connect with others, and work together in order to live into our Baptismal Covenant of striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being.
The Fabretto Children's Foundation, Nicaragua
After this year-long study of global issues, we became advocates for fundamental changes in our society. In the Fall 2009, the Outreach Committee of the Vestry agreed to provide a one-year grant to the Fabretto Children's Foundation in Nicaragua through their Adopt-A-School program. The Committee received and approved Fabretto's proposal requesting financial support for Escuela Miramar, a small village school in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.
Not only is Holy Comforter supporting Escuela Miramar financially, but we are also providing hands-on support through our annual high school youth group's Mission: Nicaragua mission trip. Students and adult chaperones are given the opportunity to work with the children of the village, exploring their beautiful country, and meeting its people.