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Millenium Development Goals

Shifting from ‘Millennium’ to ‘Sustainable’ Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by the United Nations Millennium summit in September, 2000 (). Government leaders from countries around the world agreed to set these goals in order to reduce by half the number of people throughout the world living in extreme poverty (those living on less than $1.25 per day), and to restore to them dignity and a basic quality of life by 2015. The Millennium Declaration declared: "We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty."

“Interfaith 3.0” from the Outside

In the December 2011 issue of The Interfaith Observer, Bettina Gray wrote about the recent changes in the interfaith movement. Her piece is impressive and inspiring, an optimistic view of our interfaith future. She wrote as one with significant experience and a long history in interfaith work; but she also wrote from the perspective of someone embedded in the “mainstream” religions that have dominated interfaith work since its beginnings. Once restricted to Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), the administrative core of interfaith work gradually expanded to include the other two members – Buddhism and Hinduism – of what have been called “the big five” religions.