Words of encouragement from Archbishop Njongkulu Ndungane, host for TEAM2007

March 14, 2007 at 3:48 am | Posted in Who's at TEAM2007? | 2 Comments

How do you see the role of young people in the church and in this event?
Here in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, we take young people very seriously, because they have energy, commitment, and enthusiasm.  When the idea of the TEAM event was put together, I just said to Delene Mark and her team at HOPE Africa to run with it.  I’ve been a figurehead here really, more than anything else.  You can see here what they have put up—thank God for that.  We would like to encourage other provinces to do the same because it’s actually an investment in our church—the young people are the church of today and the church of the future.  For them to be engaged in issues of development and social justice, it augurs well for the future of our church and the future of our world.

What else would you like to say directly to young Anglicans around the world?
I would like to encourage them to stand together and take leadership in the affairs of the world.  We live in a globalized and globalizing world. It’s up to them to shape the future and we who have been young a longer time than them would want to make our contribution, as far as possible, to make a future that is brilliant for our children and our children’s children, and therefore we would like to create space for young people to show their talents and gifts in shaping our future.

 

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Who is contributing to this weblog?

March 9, 2007 at 12:27 am | Posted in Who's at TEAM2007? | 1 Comment

There are a number of young adults attending TEAM2007, most of whom are official delegates (one of five) from the member churches under 30 years of age.  This space was organized by co-opted staff to the International Anglican Youth Network to give voice to younger participants to communicate with their supporters and the whole Communion.  The opinions stated here are contributors’ own, and do not necessarily reflect that of their member church.  Following is an evolving list (there are so many participants at this gathering and it is difficult to reach people during sessions and blogging has to happen during the little free time that we get):

Laura Amendola (The Episcopal Church)
Amy Denney Zuniga (The Rev.) (Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America, El Salvador)
Odwa Gonya (Anglican Church of Southern Africa, 2006 gathering participant, facilitator at TEAM)
Sally Sue Hernandez-G. (The Rev.) (Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico)
Tais Kovaleski (Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil)
Jefferson Lizardo (Episcopal Church of the Philippines)
Timothy Titus Nyirenda (The Rev.) (Church of the Province of Central Africa)
Susanna Snyder (Church of England)
Sierra Wilkinson (US student in Cape Town)

We continue to invite participants onto the weblog and you can use the categories list to see invididual posts or stay in touch day by day.  You can subscribe to this weblog via RSS feed if this is more convenient for you.

 This is a good page for general comments for our group as most posts are by invididual authors.

who was at the global young adult gathering on MDGs in New York in June 2006?

March 7, 2007 at 5:53 am | Posted in Historical documents | Leave a comment

Africa
Mr. Odwa Otto Gonya
P.O. Box 1932
Cape Town 8000
SOUTH AFRICA
+27 (0)21 465 1555
ogonya@ctdiocese.org.za

Ms. Tiana Morel
Alliance Francaise, Avenue Bois de Rose
PO Box 210
Victoria Mahé SEYCHELLES
+248 28 24 22, +248 52 10 16 (mobile)
moreltiana@yahoo.fr, tiamorel@intelvision.net

The Americas
Mr. Lucas Correia de Andrade
SHIGS 706 Bloco L Casa 28
Brasilia-DF 70350-762
BRAZIL
Tel: +55 61 34436202
lucasandradepoa@hotmail.com

Asia
Ms. Sadaf Yaqub (not able to attend)
Sahotaras House, T-891, Street No 1, Khalid Town, Wazirbagh Rd, Outside Yakatot Gate
Peshawar 25000
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 91-5279094
sweetsadaf_boc@hotmail.com

Europe & the Middle East
Mr. Richard Whitmill
117 Duncan Rd, Crookes
Sheffield S10 1SP England
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 (114) 2667316
richard_whitmill@hotmail.com

Ms. Neven Abu Rahmoun
PO Box 474
Raineh 16940
ISRAEL
Tel: +972 4-6014045
Cell: 972 54 679 8005
nevenabora@hotmail.com

Oceania
Mr. Wade Aukett
Friary of the Divine Compassion
100a Morrinsville Road
Hillcrest, Hamilton NEW ZEALAND
brwade@franciscan.org.au

Ms. Katrina Stevens
17a Roscoe Street
Kotara NSW 2289
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 (0)2 4926 3733
katrian@bigpond.com

Anglican Consultative Council
Ms. Sarah Tomlinson
SRC John McIntyre Building
University Ave
Glasgow, Scotland UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 141 339 854
s.tomlinson@src.gla.ac.uk

North American Companions
Ms. Laura Amendola, Diocese of Minnesota
3926 Grand Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807 USA
Tel: +1 (218) 390-7617
laura@tadasanaduluth.com

Ms. Rebecca Sorensen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
1904 W. Winemac Avenue #2
Chicago IL 60640 USA
Tel: +1 (612) 716-2969
rebaso@gmail.com

Ms. Rhonda Waters, Diocese of New York
548 West 113th Street #3R
New York, NY 10025
Tel: +1 (212) 531-2592
rmw2018@columbia.edu

Ms. Andrea Victoria Ruth Zepeda, Diocese of Texas
11061 Sweetwater Trail
Austin, TX 78750 USA
Tel: +1 (512) 653-7657
andie.z@stdave.org

Ms. Melissa Sim, Facilitator (Anglican Church of Canada)
1295 Ricard Place, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5H3 Canada
Tel: + 1 (604) 941-2021
msksim@yahoo.com

Mr. Gary Ryan, Office of the Anglican Observer to the United Nations, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1 (917) 528-1455
asilaydying@hotmail.com

Mr. Thom Chu, Program Director for Ministries with Young People, The Episcopal Church Center, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1 (212) 922-5267
tchu@episcopalchurch.org

The Rev. Douglas Fenton, Young Adult & Higher Education Ministries and Co-administrator, International Anglican Youth Network, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1(212) 716-6323
dfenton@episcopalchurch.org

This event was funded with extrabudgetary resources of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church in the USA and contributions by US supporters of the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. The program is conducted as a collaboration between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Observer to the United Nations.

outcome document from June 2006 meeting of Anglican young adults at the United Nations on the MDGs

March 7, 2007 at 5:29 am | Posted in Historical documents | Leave a comment

Report dated 21 July 2006

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Report and Call to Action from the International Anglican Youth Gathering
New York, 7-11th June 2006

SUMMARY OF MEETING

For a week in June the Anglican United Nations Observer’s Office, the Episcopal Church’s Office for Ministries with Young People, and the International Anglican Youth Network brought together fifteen representatives from the worldwide Anglican Communion. Two representatives were sent from each region of the Communion, these being Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Middle East. Also in attendance was the youth representative to the Anglican Consultative Council and four United States companions, three of whom represented the Episcopal Church, the other, was an ecumenical representative from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, neither representative from Asia was able to attend although attempt was made to involve them via email. The focus for the meeting, the first of its kind, was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an avenue for dialogue on how to live our faith in the ‘real world’. The importance of partnership, personal connection and global networks in accomplishing this work became apparent as the group toured the United Nation (UN) building and met with others working in the international arena.

The group heard from the Ambassador of Tuvalu, His Excellency Mr Enele S Sopoaga, who spoke about the challenges facing his small island nation, especially those created by global warming. This is a phenomenon which poses immediate threat to his country due to rising sea levels. The Ambassador reported on Tuvalu’s efforts to build regional solidarity among other island nations, and, ultimately with ‘donor’ countries of the UN. He emphasized his hopes that the global youth community would join Tuvalu in the work of building partnership.

Opportunity was provided to engage with Shamina de Ganzaga (NGO liaison to the UN General Assembly President), Katherine Nightingale (World Council of Churches), and Mark Marge, (IANSA – International Action Network on Small Arms). Our guests discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by Non-Government Organisations working at the UN, and again the need for partnerships, dialogue and global interaction became apparent as we discussed the relationships involved in working with member states, NGOs, and mobilizing private citizens to get involved in their own countries.

Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, the Anglican Observer to the UN, also spent considerable time working with the group. She detailed the history of the Observer’s Office and identified the six key areas she had identified for her term as Observer; these being human rights, gender issues, children’s rights, sustainable development, indigenous peoples and global economic security. That the Anglican Communion has a key spokesperson and participant in international relations was exciting for the group. The institutional relationships that already exist within the Communion, and the promise of personal relationships, make the Church uniquely poised to facilitate a global turn to justice and development.
As a group we entered the work of learning about the MDGs, discussing barriers, challenges, and available resources, and developing group and individual commitments in this spirit of partnership. Our time together was grounded in prayer and the faith that our Lord has called us to this place and to this work, to be the seeds of a just Kingdom where “the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever.” (Psalm 9:18).

Throughout our time together, the group found time and opportunities to talk, laugh, pray, create and renew friendships and fellowships that will see them through a lifetime’s work of bringing God’s Kingdom to this world.

GROUP COMMITMENTS

The International Youth Network delegates have committed to achieving change (in both attitude and action). They are committed to ecumenism and interfaith work wherever possible. They are committed to making their work and community inclusive, welcoming, and empowering.

We commit ourselves to creating a global community of young adults whose mission is the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. We will do this by creating an online community which can be used to share information and ideas as well as to create a network of support for members of our community. As well as regularly discussing and sharing, we also commit to formally meet online once every three months. This community is to be expanded and each of us has made the commitment to invite others to join the online group. In our own communities, Dioceses and Provinces we each commit to advocate the work of the MDGs not only by speaking formally and informally but by an example of action. The core principle of our advocacy is St Francis’ phrase “Preach the Gospel at all times, use words if necessary”. We will serve as a conduit between the global and the local: where appropriate we will offer ourselves as a Young Adult contact to act as a link between networks.

Each of us has made personal commitments (see Appendix A) to work for the MDGs and as a group we will serve to make sure each member of the group fulfills their commitments. Further to this we each commit to making a personal action plan for work within our own networks within six months of our first meeting.

Having discussed the MDGs in terms of four key areas: Global Development, Children’s Issues, Women’s Issues, and Environmental Sustainability, specific commitments for each category are as follows:

Global Development
MDG 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
MDG 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development.

We will work towards creating a global development partnership by expanding our online community by at least twenty people within six months of our initial meeting. We will make the International Anglican Youth Network website the focal point for consulting and working with global youth on these specific MDGs. We will empower the Youth Representative to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) to speak to the Council on our behalf to promote and advocate the MDGs.

Children’s Issues
MDG 2. Achieve universal primary education.
MDG 4. Reduce child mortality.

We will develop an educational program for high school students, facilitated by college students which will focus on the MDGs. This program will focus primarily on children’s issues but could be expanded into a more extensive program. We will lobby for increased international cooperation on achieving universal primary education.

Women’s Issues
MDG 3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
MDG 5. Improve maternal health.

We will produce a letter, highlighting women’s issues such as differences in salaries between genders, limits to educational and employment opportunities and domestic violence. The letter will contain specific action points and will be designed to send to government decision makers. It will be available to download along with a list of mailing addresses of decision makers. We will gain Youth support to push the ACC forward on ACC 13-31 and build a formal relationship with International Anglican Women’s Network.

Environmental Sustainability
MDG 7. Ensure environmental sustainability.

Each of us will personally commit to cutting our consumption, throwing away less and recycling more. We will support Carbon Neutrality by making our plane journeys carbon neutral (particularly those to the New York meeting), as well as by advocating this scheme in our own networks. We will work on ways to provide environmental education to those who are not yet fully educated on this matter, with particular regard for those in isolated places where information on the environment is limited or difficult to access. We will work on lobbying our governments to create policies that are environmentally minded.

CALL TO ACTION

The Church should be at the forefront of the Millennium Development Goals movement, as a true witness to the Gospel of Jesus and in recognition of its position of moral authority. As Christians, we call for a spirit of ecumenism and interfaith collaboration, as this is the work of all God’s people. The church and its members should, whenever possible, work with existing groups and networks in order to maximize our resources. As young adults, we call for the full involvement of young people in all of this work. Older members of our communities must be intentional about creating opportunities and welcoming spaces; younger members must be proactive about claiming their place.

As Anglicans, we call for the engagement of the whole Anglican Communion – Provinces, Dioceses, Parishes, and individuals. Wherever we come from, we have a responsibility to hold our governments accountable for the commitments they have made regarding the Millennium Development Goals and to involve our fellow citizens. We hold up the unique ministry of the Communion itself and encourage the support of the Anglican Observer’s Office as its representative at the UN as well as the work of the Anglican Consultative Council.

It is not an easy task that we have ahead of us. The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals will require a massive shift in attitudes and commitment from the people of all nations, both religious and non-religious. Although we acknowledge that our efforts may seem small and insignificant, they are the first small steps in a process that can and will lead to greater change. Our work together is rooted in the knowledge that together as Children of God we can create change and bring God’s kingdom to the world.

Europe & The Middle East: Neven Abu Rahmoun, Richard Whitmill

Oceania: Wade Aukett, Katrina Stevens

Africa: Odwa Gonya, Tiana Morel

The Americas: Lucas Correia de Andrade

Anglican Consultative Council: Sarah Tomlinson

United States of America: Laura Amendola, Rhonda Waters, Andie Zapeda

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Becky Sorenson

Hello world!

March 7, 2007 at 1:53 am | Posted in Background | 1 Comment

I’m still jet-lagged in Johannesburg after an uneventful trip of about 40 hours from Portland OR (where the recent Executive Council ended on March 4) via New York (to drop off papers and pick up clean clothes and materials to share in South Africa) and still up at 9:18pm New York time on March 6, but it’s 4:18am March 7 here.  Luke Fodor of the Episcopal Church Center staff put me on to WordPress so I’m rummaging around trying to figure out how to put together the basic information before sharing it with the young adults arriving today and tomorrow.  So far WordPress looks pretty easy to use for basic stuff, but I welcome any expert help from out there!

Thom Chu

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