From the Anglican Communion Office, London
Date of Event: September 25, 2008
St John the Divine Cathedral, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York USA
Anglican Act of Witness in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Senior Anglican Officials to be present in New York
Archbishop of York, John Sentamu to preach in Cathedral service
Presiding Bishop and Primate Katharine Jefferts Schori to officiate at the service
The Anglican Observer at the United Nations, Dr Hellen Wangusa will be available for interviews
This act of witness follows on the successful show of witness in London in July during the Anglican Communion Lambeth Conference when some 700 marched in witness from Parliament to Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Press and Media welcome and Photo Journalists can be accommodated
International Contact: The Revd Canon Jim Rosenthal +44 780 389 4751
Cathedral contact: Jonathan Korzen: +1 212 316 7490
Notes to editors: Details of the day
September 25th - “A Day for Recommitment and Witness to the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”
Sponsored by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations.
"The Provinces of the Communion call for a day of prayer and fasting and witness on 25th September 2008 when there is a special session of the United Nations to discuss the Millennium Development Goals." (2008 Lambeth Conference Reflections Document)
25th September - Opening of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGAss) and activities of the day in New York
12-1.30 pm: Walk of Witness – A Walk and Prayerful Witness in support of the MDGs
A "walk" and "prayerful witness" at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The walk will begin at the Church Center at Noon; to 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue.
4.30-5.30 pm: A Rally and Teach-in: Press are most welcome at this
A "rally" and "teach-in" on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
6 pm: A Service of Recommitment and Witness of the Achievement of the MDGs
Service at The Cathedral of St John the Divine – with participation from other faiths
The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Officiant. The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd and Rt Honorable Dr. John Sentamu, Preacher.
The events of the day will be followed in the evening by a Reception with government and church figures to highlight the role of the faith groups in meeting MDGs. The purpose of this is to re-energise the church, politicians and civil society to show what can be done. The Archbishop of York and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will attend several events on 25th. Here the hope from Church leaders is to achieve awareness in the global communities of faith and wider society about the lack of progress on MDGs.
RSVP is necessary for this Reception. Martha Gardner is staff contact at the Anglican Observer Office: +1 212 716-6262
For Press Contact:
Jonathan Korzen: +1 212 316 7490, email: email@example.com
Canon Jim Rosenthal: +44 7803894751, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on all the various events in New York please visit: http://www.e4gr.org/sept25.html
The Walk of Witness in London, 24 July 2008