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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jubilee Advisory Committee

Blue Book pg. 674

The 67th GC mandated to affirm a ministry of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people, wherever they are found, to meet basic human needs and to build a just society. This is at the heart of the mission of the Church.

During the 2006-2009 triennium Jubilee Ministry has continued to support a vibrant network of over 600 Jubilee Centers and 75 Diocesan Jubilee Officers in two areas including Outreach Programs (daycare, food & clothing, AIDS, immigration prison, homelessness, civil/human rights, etc.) and Empowerment Ministries (adult education, job training, Credit Unions, parenting and computer classes, etc.). Orientation training was provided annually for new and reaffirmed Jubilee Center directors and new Diocesan Jubilee Officers. Grant awards totaling $100,000 per year were provided to strengthen and reinforce these programs.

Resolution DO12: Summer Camp for Children of Persons in Prison. Eight camps were funded in the amount of $14,500 for 2007, 19 camps in the amount of $18,690 for 2008, similar support is expected for 2009.

2008 Presiding Bishop's Summit on Domestic Poverty identified 11 essentials to justice: affordable food, employment, affordable childcare, education, health-care, a healthy environment, housing, economic opportunity, just immigration policy, cultural affirmation, and equal protection under the law.

The advisory committee is challenging Executive Council to work towards alleviating domestic poverty in the poorest counties of the U.S. with emphasis on issues affecting American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

RESOLUTION A154: Reaffirms Jubilee Ministry Grants as a line item at the level of $100,000 during the 2010-2012 triennium.

RESOLUTION A155: To establish programs for the alleviation of Domestic Poverty; calls for new and innovative strategies to address these issues; special focus on Native Peoples living on reservations as many of the poorest counties in the U.S.; a program of advocacy to federal state and local governments be developed by the Church Center at a funding level of $400,000 yearly.

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