Program, Budget and Finance announced today that it will use the Five Marks of Mission as its guideline for the 2013-15 triennial budget, and released a working budget as well. The budget can be found here.
Chair Diane Pollard and Vice Chair Bishop Steven Lane wrote that PB&F “made that decision without commitment to any of the specific line items within the Five Marks of Mission proposal.”
The announcement came at the same time that PB&F held its first public hearing, where it heard from 27 witnesses, each of whom worked to fit their request into one or more of the Five Marks.
The Rev. Devon Anderson, deputy, Minnesota, summed up the general feeling of the hearing in advocating for A011 on earmarking 0.7 percent for the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority. “If we do this, it makes the statement: We as the Episcopal Church choose the poor. Period. … It is not so much what we do as it is who we are.”
Many of those testifying spoke ardently about restoring funding for Christian Formation and Youth Formation. Canon Vicki Garvey, deputy, Chicago, made her plea for lifelong Christian Formation, saying that if the Church didn’t fulfill the second Mark of Mission, there would be no one to proclaim the first mark.
Deputy Beth Ferguson of Utah pointed out that “if we don’t support formation, there will be nobody left to do the other marks.”
The Five Marks of Mission are:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.
- To respond to human need by loving service.
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society.
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
–Lauren R. Stanley, Staff Writer