Not peanut butter and fluff, no matter what my northeastern friends may think...
|PB&F budget hearing|
Saturday evening, General Convention Day #3, there was a meeting on the proposed budget (http://www.generalconvention.org/files/2013-2015_Five_Marks_of_Mission_Budget_Proposal.pdf), and anyone who signed up a half hour in advance could speak.
|Bishop Duracin of the Diocese of Haiti speaking|
My understanding is that there was significant funding for Haiti. I was especially grateful to a young man for stepping up to the microphone in favor of doing so. We were reminded that there are around 200 Episcopal schools in Haiti, including St. Vincent's School for the Handicapped, one of the only schools in Haiti for disabled students. (It was the only one for decades, but there are so many amputees now... It's not at all an uncommon sight. I wonder if the other disabilities are receiving any attention these days. But revenons a nos moutons, as they say - back to the topic at hand.) Around 70% of church structures were leveled in 2010, and given that almost all churches have a school, this had a significant impact. The Millenium Development Goals include universal primary education, so our support of Haiti is related to our support of the MDG's. Bishop Duracin also spoke about the church's involvement in primary education and health care.
Among the other ministries whose advocates spoke in favor of funding:
Campus and Young Adult Ministries
Office for Pastoral Development (MANY people spoke up for this one)
Association for Episcopal Educators
Episcopal Relief and Development - Nets for Life project and MDGs
Episcopal Network for Stewardship
Episcopal Conference of the Deaf (perhaps the ones who provided interpreters to sign the entire GC )
Navaholand Area Mission, Native American Ministries, and Indigenous Ministries
The Anglican Consultative Council (Ian Douglas spoke, as he is the TEC rep to the ACC)
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries
Episcopal Service Corps
The Diocese of Alaska
The Diocese of Ecuador
|photo of the empty House of Deputies taken while delivering the day's paperwork before the legislative session later that morning|
That's a lot of paper for a lot of people, so I'm glad they'll be going paperless for General Convention 78 in 2015.
3.1 Each year, the Executive Council, with the advice of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, shall adjust the budget to the assured income of the Executive Council so as to carry out the Budget for the Episcopal Church for that year on a balanced budget basis.
However, I haven't yet managed to find the numbers. Please do put up a comment if you know where they might be found once posted.
Let's see if we really put our money where our mouth is.