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GHDA Mandate and Policy Motions

Constituting Convention 1985

NC-85-25 That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada through its Office for Resource Development, conduct a Global Hunger and Development Appeal.

NC-85-26 That the funding allocations and program priorities for the Globaln Hunger and Development Appeal be placed under the responsibility of the Division for World Mission and that division make recommendation to the National Church Council and to the 1987 convention of the church.

NC-85-27 Global Appeal funds may be allocated within Canada by the National Church Council to develop educational and interpretive resources for congregations and synods, for advocacy work with government and non-government organizations, and to provide emergency hunger needs.

National Church Council 1986

CC-86-57 That National Church Council authorize the establishment of a separate budget for the Global Hunger and Development Appeal.

National Church Council 1987

CC-87-6 To approve the following General Goal for the Global Hunger and Development Appeal:

  • alleviating hunger;
  • understanding the causes of hunger and poverty;
  • walking with the poor to find solutions to these injustices.

CC 87-7 That the Church Council approve the Statement of Objectives for the Global Hunger and Development Appeal proposed by the Standing Committee:

  1. To provide immediate relief of hunger and other emergency needs;
  2. To assist people in the struggle to deal with the causes and effects of poverty through long-range development;
  3. To educate the church to understand and confront the causes of hunger;
  4. To promote social and economic justice as it relates to hunger, including support of and advocacy for government policy and programs.

CC 87-8 That the Church Council approve the Statement of Criteria for Global Hunger Activities carried out by the ELCIC:

  1. Activities should lead to identification with the hungry poor and their needs.
  2. Activities shall relate to one of the following areas:
    1. food production, distribution, acquisition and nutrition;
    2. employment (i.e., job training, counselling, placement, day care centres, health);
    3. development (i.e., primary health care, sanitation, water supply, economic self-help, land use, literary, housing, social structures).
  3. Activities should build on resources and energies of the poor and their communities as much as possible (people, goods, equipment).
  4. External assistance should promote self-reliance in the shortest time possible (normally assistance should not be planned for more than five years).
  5. Activities should enable persons to deal with those elements of social and political and economic situations that cause and reinforce poverty, and should encourage all people to confront those aspects of their personal lives that prevent people from breaking out of the cycle of poverty.
  6. Activities, when feasible, should be ecumenical/inter-agency.
  7. Activities should be carefully planned so that, in a way that fits the local situation, the specific objectives of the activity are fulfilled.

Convention 1987

NC-87-31 That the Global Hunger and Development Appeal be extended for a further four years (to 1991).

Convention 1991

NC-91-18 That the Global Hunger and Development Appeal of our church be extended for ten years and that the goals and objectives of GHDA be continued:

General Goal: To engage the sustained commitment of our members and congregations in God's mission of alleviating hungers; understanding the causes of hunger and poverty; and working with the poor to find solutions to these injustices.

Objectives:

  1. To provide immediate relief of hunger and other emergency needs;
  2. To assist people in the struggle to deal with the causes and effects of poverty through long-range development;
  3. To educate the church to understand and confront the causes of hunger; and
  4. To promote social and economic justice as it relates to hunger, including support of and advocacy for government policy and programs.

National Church Council 1996

CC 96-7 That the Officers be directed to initiate negotiations with Canadian Lutheran World Relief to the end of achieving a new and comprehensive agreement by January 1, 1997. Items to be considered should include the following: joint programs; fund raising; emergency appeals; collaboration on development education; administrative relationships; PLURA; domestic poverty alleviation; dispute resolution.

CC 96-8 That the synodical bishops be requested to constitute synodical GHDA committees who will administer and promote synodical GHDA activities in accordance with nationally determined guidelines.

CC 96-9 That of the 15% of GHDA funding retained, we return a minimum of 66.7% of this amount to the synods in the same proportion on which it is raised by the synods for use on synodically approved GHDA projects.

National Church Council 1998

CC-98-42 To adopt the policy on the establishment of the GHDA Emergency Disaster Response Fund.

CC-98-43 To encourage the synods to establish similar GHDA policies and funds.

CC-98-101 That National church Council authorize the ad hoc committee to communicate a new "Memorandum of Understanding" with Canadian Lutheran World Relief to include the following principles:

  1. 100% of CLWR designated funds to be provided to CLWR;
  2. 75% of GHDA funds to be contributed to CLWR;
  3. The ELCIC carries full responsibility for fund raising, including international emergency appeals;
  4. All communication within ELCIC congregations to be under the banner of GHDA not CLWR.

National Church Council 1999

CC 99-164 That National Church Council adopt the Memorandum of Relationship between the ELCIC and CLWR.

Convention 2001

NC-01-52 That the mandate of the Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada be extended until 2005.

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