Magazine article Anglican Journal

50 Years in 20 Months: Help Us Celebrate the First 50 Amazing Years of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and Make the Next 50 Even More Meaningful

Magazine article Anglican Journal

50 Years in 20 Months: Help Us Celebrate the First 50 Amazing Years of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and Make the Next 50 Even More Meaningful

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Fifty years in 20 months: help us celebrate the first 50 amazing years of The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and make the next 50 even more meaningful.

Wow. What started as a heartfelt outpouring to help a mining town in Nova Scotia facing heart-wrenching tragedy has grown into a uniquely Canadian international development and relief organization active on several continents. Can you imagine where we'll be in 2058? Or 2108? We hope PWRDF will not be needed and that the dignity of every human being is respected through access to what they need within a just system, but in the meantime we will continue to accompany partners in responding to the gospel call.

Inside you can read more about the response to the disaster that started The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. This issue of Under the Sun is dedicated to celebrating PWRDF's 50th Anniversary; showcasing where we've been, where we're at and our plans and thoughts for the future. This issue also serves as The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund's 2007 annual report.

The next twenty months are a pivotal time for PWRDF as we celebrate our past and set our course for the next 50 years. From the launch in October 2008 to its conclusion in June 2010, we've got some big things underway and we look forward to sharing them with you and welcoming you on board.

Some of the activities and resources include: a gala event; parish events across the country; liturgical resources and bible studies; workshops; two music CDs; a revitalized website; 50 images photo collection; 50 refugee sponsorships; a 50 leaders project; a poetry contest; new fundraising and much more. The strategic plan for PWRDF (2007-2010) includes a re-examination of our purpose and mission and a plan for the future.

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We have had a celebratory logo designed and hired a facilitator to help speed the celebration along-Carolyn Vanderlip--and she's thrilled to be involved: "I'm excited about the many opportunities the 50th Anniversary program will bring."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently framed the world situation at the Lambeth Conference quite neatly: "Our ministry takes place in the context of a needy and divided world, in which there is both deep fear and great suffering. …

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