LENT STUDY COURSE 2018: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
The USPG Lent course for 2018, entitled All Things Are Possible, has a focus on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals.
USPG and our global church partners are giving our full support to the SDGs.
In particular, we have been inspired by the growing understanding among governments, the UN and other actors that faith-based organisations have a key role to play in global development – something we have known for years!
According to UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark: ‘Faith-based organisations... have an important role to play in reminding
us to focus on what really matters to us as human beings in search of well-being.’
With this in mind, our five-week study course for Lent attempts to make clear the links between our faith and global development.
We want to suggest that it is only in God that there is any real hope for lasting change.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
In the year 2000, the UN challenged the governments of the world to meet a series of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015.
All 189 UN member states and numerous international organizations signed up to accept the challenge.
Despite being somewhat idealistic in nature – for example, goal number one was ‘to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’ – much progress could be reported by the time the MDG deadline was reached.
The UN has now replaced the MDGs with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and these have been categorised for simplicity under ‘Five Ps’, namely Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace and Partnership.
One of the aims of this course is to introduce you to these five Ps and to explore how the perspective of faith can help us – both as a church and as a world community – to meet these goals.
Contents of the course
Study 1: PROSPERITY: What does it mean to prosper?
Study 2: PEOPLE: What does it mean to fulfil our potential?
Study 3: PLANET: What does it mean to care for the environment?
Study 4: PEACE: What does it mean to love our neighbour?
Study 5: PARTNERSHIP: What does it mean to live in partnership with God?
The course will be available very soon.
Look out for details in our magazine Transmission and in our email newsletter.