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SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE
05 May 1996 12:54:55
95103 SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE
By Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will celebrate 25 years
of partnerships with poor, oppressed and disadvantaged communities
worldwide during the Self-Development of People (SDOP) Anniversary
Convocation April 21-23 in Chicago.
According to the Rev. Patricia Lane, associate for program development
for the Presbyterian Committee on Self-Development of People, the
conference will give participants an opportunity to reflect on SDOP's
history of creating partnerships and its ongoing struggle with issues of
poverty and oppression in this country and around the world.
Topics for discussion in various workshops include "Shattering the
Myths of Poverty," "Community Empowerment for Environmental Justice,"
"Taking Back Our Communities," "Issues in Health Care," "The Economics of
Welfare Rights" and "International Development."
Scheduled speakers include Lane; the Rev. Robert Bohl, moderator of
the 206th General Assembly; and Dr. James Forman, president of the
Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee in Washington, D.C.
Worship will be led by noted singers and songwriters the Rev. Richard
K. Avery, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Port Jervis, New York, and
Donald S. Marsh, an ordained elder on the staff of the Port Jervis church.
"Hopefully participants will go away with a stronger sense of
commitment to One Great Hour of Sharing and Self-Development of People,"
Lane said. "People need to understand that [SDOP] is a ministry that
belongs to all of us in the Presbyterian Church."
Organized after the 181st General Assembly (1969) of the former United
Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, SDOP is a ministry
that works to empower poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people who are
seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and
SDOP receives the majority of its funds from the One Great Hour of
Sharing Offering given annually during Lent by Presbyterians nationwide.
This ecumenical offering provides SDOP the opportunity to enter into
partnerships with communities worldwide. It also supports the Presbyterian
Hunger Program and Presbyterian World Service.
Mary Hayden, account specialist in the Worldwide Ministries Division,
said last year SDOP received $2.7 million from the One Great Hour Sharing
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