Hello All, Today we're announcing a new partnership between the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Millennium Promise, Millennium Villages, and our new effort Millennium Congregation. Our Mission: To develop a network of congregations supporting the end of extreme poverty through Millennium Villages. A Faithful Response: Millennium Congregation (MC) works to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and end extreme poverty because God calls us to ministries of justice, compassion, and reconciliation. This is a common thread that runs through all the world's religions and finds particular emphasis in responding to the needs of the poor and oppressed. We hope that Millennium Congregation will draw all faiths together in partnership with one another and the extreme poor in responding through faith to end extreme poverty. There are already 80 Millennium Villages operating in Africa. In my opinion, and many others, including Jeff Sachs (author of The End of Poverty), and the Rev. Jay Lawlor (author of Faithful Action, and co-founder of MC) that there is no better, faster, or economical model to end extreme poverty than Millennium Villages. Please check out the website, and consider becoming an advocate for your congregation to become a Millennium Congregation. millenniumcongregation.org. Blessings on your (our) work! Jon Denn, founder, countingprayers.org, co-founder Millennium Congregation & (Day Job) Co-Director, Trinity Conference Center, 79 Lower River Road, West Cornwall, CT 06796 (860) 672-1000 x260, fax -6968, http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/center The Counting Prayer "The world now has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will". Since 9/23/07 THE PRAYER VIGIL TO END EXTREME POVERTY has offered over 375,000 Counting Prayers, and pledged over 8,800,000 prayers through 2015. We invite every person, and every congregation in every faith in every country to join the historic St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero in NYC and countingprayers.org to offer The Counting Prayer everyday and/or at every service until the Millennium Development Goals are met. Hundreds of thousands of prayers will turn into millions then billions, and as the prayers are answered the repetition of words will turn into advocacy then action, and finally a miracle. *NEW* HELP SPONSOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM VILLAGE IN RWANDA 50 congregations pledging $500 a month for 5 years will empower 5000 people to sustainably lift themselves out of extreme poverty, and achieve all eight Millennium Development Goals. There are eighty Villages already up and running in Africa. Please call if you'd like to find out more about becoming a Millennium Congregation, or visit millenniumcongregation.org.