This week, the stories from Dr Julianne Stewart about the work that the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) is doing towards achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been written around Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries; and Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
As we move through the passion and crucifixion this coming Holy Week, and finally to the resurrection of Jesus, wouldn’t it be wonderful if on Easter Day we could go to church and worship our God, the God of Love, Hope and Justice, with a humble, contrite and joyful heart and a clear intention to join in and be part of God’s mission to: …loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? …to share …our bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into …our house[s];
Questions for home reflection:
1. How can we turn feelings of guilt about our privileges into something more positive?
2. Do you think that the SDG have anything to offer the Christian who is trying to make Isaiah 58’s words become a reality?
3. Is there something specific that you can take from these studies into your journey with the crucified Christ as an expression of the new life of Christ’s risen people?
4. Go online and have a look at ‘The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World’ http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/ and make a Palm Sunday commitment to actions from at least two of the groups of suggestions. Some are very easy (e.g. turn off your appliances to save electricity). Others require changing long-held shopping or eating habits.