Multimedia: ELCA's Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson on the MDGs, 'full communion' partnership

September 21, 2006

Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) speaks about the role of churches in holding governments accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and upholds the "full communion" relationship between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church.

Hanson also urges involvement in the ONE Campaign, the goal of which is to direct an additional ONE percent of the U.S. federal budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, food and clean water to transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries.

Video and audio streams of Hanson's interview are available here

Hanson and Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold released a joint pastoral letter September 14, calling on members of both churches to "play a key role building [the] will and holding governments accountable" for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The joint pastoral letter, titled "That All may be One," is available here

A reflection from Griswold on the MDGs is available here

To find out more about the MDGs and the ONE Campaign, including General Convention resolutions and archived ENS stories, visit: