UCC’s 'Mission:1' goals expanded to include $111,111 church-wide appeal for East Africa famine relief
Written by staff reports
August 29, 2011
Mission:1, the United
Church of Christ's nationwide 11-day campaign in early November to feed the
hungry and confront food-related injustice, is being expanded to include a
church-wide appeal to raise more than $111,111 to aid famine-stricken Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
reports of drought and famine in East Africa have caused many of our congregations
to urge that a new goal be added to Mission:1, one that specifically addresses
the crisis that is taking place in Somalia," said the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black,
the UCC's general minister and president. "This is why we have decided to double
our financial goals, something that is both ambitious and do-able given the
enthusiasm that is building across the church for Mission:1."
The new goal comes as
an addition to earlier stated goals, which include raising $111,111 for
Neighbors in Need hunger-related ministries, writing 11,111 letters to Congress
in support of a more-effective U.S. foreign aid program, and collecting more
than 1 million items of healthy food for local pantries across the United
States. During the Nov. 1-11 timeframe,
the UCC's homepage at ucc.org will be converted into an online tote board where
individuals and churches can make donations, report their progress, and track
the denomination's collective successes in real time.
Under the new plan,
all monetary gifts made to "Mission:1" during the 11-day push will be divided
equally between the UCC's East Africa famine appeal and Neighbors in Need hunger-related
ministries. The new goal is to raise more than $111,111 for each.
The Rev. M. Linda
Jaramillo, executive minister for the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries and
a member of the denomination's five-person Collegium of Officers, said the
crisis in East Africa demands a strong UCC response.
"It would be
irresponsible for our justice-minded, global-mission church to ignore the
famine crisis in Africa as an essential component of what we are trying to
achieve together through Mission:1," Jaramillo said. "We also want to ensure
that the Neighbors in Need advocacy dollars collected during Mission:1 will address
globalization policy issues as they relate to hunger everywhere."
The campaign manual
for Mission:1 and other promotional materials are being updated to reflect the
new fundraising initiative for East Africa, said Barb Powell, interim director
of the UCC's publishing, identity and communication ministry.
Learn more about
Mission:1 at www.ucc.org/mission1