Sunday, March 09, 2008

Albuquerque Workshop Draws Ecumenical and Diverse Crowd

Prof. Jennifer Moore talks about MDGs

They came to learn about the Global Poverty Act and the Millennium Development Goals and how they can organize their congregations and/or groups to write letters to Congress about these issues. This was a very ecumenical and diverse group.

Some had held Offerings of Letters for years, such as Trinity United Methodist Church, Aquinas Newman Center, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Others like La Mesa Presbyterian Church, St. Michael, Church of the Good Shepherd (UCC), Iglesia Congregacional Unida, New Life Presbyterian Church, and All Angels Episcopal Church, have only had one or two letter-writing Sundays thus far.

Mia Jumbo (UNM drama class), Kyra Ellis-Moore & Dana Bell
Still others, like the drama class on hunger at the University of New Mexico, will have an offering of letters for the first time this year.

Regardless, the commitment was all the same.

And we also had the good fortune of having representatives of other organizations join us. They were there to learn and to give us support. Among them were The ONE Campaign, Esperanza de Joaquin, Global Health Partnerships and the Council for International Relations.

Tessa Moore, Jenny Moore, Dr. Darwin Palmer, Tom McDermott

We had some very special guests give us some valuable background: UNM Law Prof. Jennifer Moore (also a member of St. Andrew) spoke about the Millennium Development Goals; UNM School of Medicine Prof. Emeritus Darwin Palmer gave us an update on the global AIDS situation, Ann Githinji of Global Health Partenrships and former United Nations regional director Tom McDermott.
Tom is one of our speakers for our March 29 workshop.

Top Photo: Larry Brotman, Beth Kissling, Mark Stein (Church of the Good Shepherd)
Lower Photo: Kyra Ellis-Moore (St. Andrew), Marge Williams (Trinity UMC)

1 comment:

Terese Rand Bridges said...

Nice pictures! We look as engaged as I felt that morning. Looking forward to more work with Bread for the World.

Terese from St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal