TO: Executive Council
FROM: Standing Committee on Finances for Mission
DATE: October 25, 2010
RE: Haitian Solidarity Initiative
Resolved, that in solidarity with and in support of our bothers and sisters in Christ, the Executive Council reaffirms its commitment to initiate a fundraising appeal to begin rebuilding the infrastructure of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti with a goal of at least $10 million for the initial phase; and be it further
Resolved, that this appeal supports the priorities articulated by the leadership of the Diocese of Haiti and involves the grassroots participation of all Episcopal communities of faith at every level of the Church, including provinces, dioceses, congregations and other institutions and organizations; and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Council authorizes the retention of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) to coordinate this appeal; and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Council and its individual members support this appeal through prayer, financial contribution, and the identification and recruitment of volunteers and donors.
The campaign will get under way in full force following the identification and recruitment of volunteers and the preparation for a church wide appeal calling on every member of every Episcopal Church community to join in on this offering of compassion, solidarity and hope.
The Executive Council at its closing worship this afternoon received pledges and checks from all who were present, making that contribution the first response to this Initiative from an Episcopal Church community of faith. Hopefully we can know the size of that gift and take it as a sign of things to come.