Higher Education Affordability and Access resolution passes in Executive Council
For those concerned about issues of higher education access and affordability -- especially with respect to education debt -- I offer this file, which contains an UNOFFICIAL version of the text and explanation that has just passed a full vote of Executive Council. I want to emphasize that there may be typos and other inaccuracies in this document, but it should give readers an idea of what the resolution covers and the approaches it takes.
The Standing Commission on Social Justice and Public Policy is engaging in a triennium-long study of higher education issues, including student debt, and will be reporting to General Convention in 2015 -- probably with some potential resolutions on the subject.
For that reason, we in Executive Council tried to concentrate on matters calling for urgent action, such as interest rates, transparency of conditions, and access to housing and employment indebted former students face and the budgetary crises faced by many state and community colleges.
I'm pleased and proud that this resolution passed unanimously. I think it takes a stand that is not tied to any single political party's proposals but incorporates some good ideas from all parties, and I hope it will help the millions of students, former students, and their families for whom policies regarding education debt have a profound and often lifelong impact.
Sarah Dylan Breuer is a public theologian -- someone who does theology of and in our lives, struggles and joys; who believes that we're all theologians; and who helps others to claim their voice as theologians.
What does this look like? It includes writing, preaching, teaching, facilitating retreats, and engaging in activism to see God's people joyfully and prayerfully riding the wave of God's justice.
She has an M.Phil. in biblical studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, earned a C.Phil. in early church history from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and engaged in advanced Anglican studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her writing includes the opening chapter, "God's Justice: A biblical view," in The Justice Project (Baker Books, 2009), and a series on 1 Corinthians, Romans, and Philippians for Book 5 in the Reflections series from Church House Publishing in the U.K. (January, 2009). Her lectionary blog, which offers reflections on biblical readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and the lectionary of The Episcopal Church, was named among "The Best Spiritual Blogs on the Internet" by Beliefnet.com, and her writing has appeared in such publications as The Witness (for which she also served as editor) and The Christian Century
In The Episcopal Church, she currently serves on Executive Council, having been elected by General Convention in 2009. Dylan served on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, created to prepare General Convention to respond to the Windsor Report in the 2003 - 2006 triennium; on the New Congregations Team of the 20/20 Task Force in the 2000 - 2003 triennium; and as an adult member of the design team for the "Count Me Faithful" youth event at General Convention in 2003. She has served as editor of The Witness magazine and as president of Gathering the Next Generation (GTNG), the network for "Generation X" Episcopalians, and with John de Beer, she created the adult formation curriculum series Klesis and its "open source" style of distribution, which has led to its being adopted by congregations in nations, languages, and age groups from Maine to Melbourne.
In her spare time, she loves playing and writing liturgical and non-liturgical music, cooking, and questing for the perfect cup of coffee.
Sarah Dylan Breuer, nominee for Executive Council
Update: I was elected to Executive Council at General Convention in July. Thank you for your support and prayers!
Sarah Dylan Breuer ("Dylan" to friends) has been nominated as a layperson for the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Dylan is:
A seasoned leader:
- Served as editor of The Witness magazine
- Past president of Gathering the Next Generation, TEC’s “Generation X” network, and steering committee member of The Consultation (www.theconsultation.org), a coalition of justice movements in TEC.
- Member of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, charged in the 2003-2006 triennium with preparing GC to respond to the Windsor Report
- Served on the 20/20 Task Force’s New Congregations team, 2000 - 2003 triennium
- Grassroots organizer with the Gamaliel Foundation, the Climate Project, and two successful union recognition campaigns.
Mission-minded, biblically grounded:
- Member of the Network of Ministry Innovators (NOMI), forming strategy for and support of creative and effective evangelism for the 21st century
- Author of “God’s Justice: A biblical perspective,” Chapter 1 of The Justice Project, ed. Brian McLaren, et al. (Baker Books, Sept. 2009)
- Ph.D. candidate in biblical studies; writer on Exodus, Luke, 1 Corinthians, Romans, and Philippians in Reflections for Daily Prayer (Church House Publishing, UK, Advent 2008 and Easter 2009)
- Served as a short-term missionary in Kenya.
Effectively communicating creative, fresh perspectives:
- Founder and author of SarahLaughed.net, a website providing resources on preaching and formation for over 18,000 faith leaders each week
- Creator of the U2charist, launched with Kathleen Capcara and the Rev. Ken Phelps in the Diocese of Maryland in 2004
- Author with the Rev. John de Beer of the Klesis Project, an innovative series of formation curricula made freely available online in ‘open source’ format for congregations from Alaska to Australia
- Active in the ‘emerging church’ movement and fluent in digital media and networking as well as in print and other traditional media.
Plays well with others!
- Contributor to the Covenant-Communion website as well as The Consultation’s ISSUES newsletter
- Commited to seek justice for all God’s children AND deepen relationships across the Communion to the furtherance of God’s mission.
Sarah Dylan Breuer lives with her partner, Karen, a high school teacher, in Boston. She loves playing guitar and ukulele, cooking, and hanging out with her two cats.
Want to support Dylan's campaign for Executive Council?
I'm deeply grateful for all the support of SarahLaughed readers over the years. I'm particularly grateful at present to those of you who have written asking how you can support my campaign for Executive Council. Accepting nomination meant that I had to go to General Convention in Anaheim, and at my own expense. Nominees also need to come up with flyers and buttons (many do other kinds of swag as well). And my job at Guitar Center provides no paid leave.
Fortunately, y'all are a generous bunch! For those have asked how you can help, here are some ways:
Donate to SarahLaughed.net via PayPal. You can do this via credit card, though a small percentage fee is deducted if you donate that way, or you can send money via your PayPal account if you have one.
Send a check. If you'd like to do this, please address it to Sarah Dylan Breuer, SarahLaughed Ministries, 99 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
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Thanks again, and blessings!
I am available as a preacher, teacher, and retreat leader, and also as a consultant who can help your parish live into the Great Commission by working with you not only to reach out to unchurched and dischurched people in your community, but also to incorporate them into the life of your parish through programs of formation and relationship-building at each level of faith development.
Since some have asked ...
Yes, I did the design of this site myself, in part as a test to see how well a site could work with a hybrid of TypePad-powered blog pages and more traditional web pages. I think that the key to a successful website is to have lots of useful and frequently updated content, so I've been researching for many months what kinds of low-cost options might allow an organization like a parish not only to set up a site with a clean, attractive, and user-friendly design, but also to keep content up to date using a group of volunteers without experience in HTML or web design. If you'd like to talk about how this kind of arrangement might work for your parish, ministry, or other organization, please feel free to email me.