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Voices In Action Presentation

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Voices In Action Presentation

  1. 1. A campaign overview with VOTF President Dan Bartley and Vice President Janet Hauter.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Transform the Catholic Church through local, regional and national action </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Improving our parishes and dioceses </li></ul><ul><li>Foster greater accountability in ourselves and our leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Heal survivors and protect children </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure financial transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Support clerical collaboration with laity </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage systematic transformation and growth in the universal Church </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Voices in Action calls on all Catholics to discern our gifts and join our talents with others to make a difference now </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>How did the plan came together? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the plan’s five major areas of focus? </li></ul><ul><li>What resources in time, talent and money are required to make it a success? </li></ul><ul><li>How can everyone become involved? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>More than a year in the making </li></ul><ul><li>Involved dozens of volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Asked all members for their input via committee meetings, affiliate meetings and web surveys </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Spiritual and communal growth </li></ul><ul><li>Local action </li></ul><ul><li>Child protection and survivor support </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Church reform </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and partnership </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Our work is grounded in the Spirit: </li></ul><ul><li>Online Resource Center will provide materials and links to resources on spirituality and prayer to enhance members’ faith lives </li></ul><ul><li>Blog will offer members an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas so all can contribute to each other’s spiritual growth </li></ul>http://votf.org/spiritualgrowth
  9. 9. <ul><li>Global change begins with local action: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating and studying Safe Environment committees in 25 target parishes </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying and implementing “best practices” in 25 parish councils and committees </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing and strengthening VOTF affiliates for continued success </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Support victims in sharing their stories to increase public awareness as well as survivor healing </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a comprehensive guide to help VOTF members engage in legislative reforms that protect children and advance the efforts of survivors to obtain justice </li></ul><ul><li>Work for the adoption of evidence-based child abuse prevention programs for adults </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Encourage conversations about changes that will foster greater lay participation Church governance and guidance of our Church: </li></ul><ul><li>Lay participation in selection of bishops </li></ul><ul><li>Role of women in the Church </li></ul><ul><li>Role of mandatory celibacy for priests (working with Priest Support Working Group) </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>VOTF as a facilitator of networking and partnership: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify potential partners, learn about their work, and evaluate common interests </li></ul><ul><li>Develop collaborative actions with other Catholic groups in order to effectively nurture meaningful reform in the spirit of Vatican II </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: reach out to 15 groups in the next six months </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Spiritual and communal growth 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Local action 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Child protection and survivor support 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Universal church reform 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and partnership 6 </li></ul><ul><li>General membership needs to increase 30% to 45,000 members </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>VOLUNTEER </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual and communal growth [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Local action [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Child protection and survivor support [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Universal church reform [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and partnership [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Visit www.votf.org/voicesinaction for more information. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Grassroots organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Online and offline research </li></ul><ul><li>Web skills, including social media </li></ul><ul><li>Growing membership </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>$600,000 total for FY 2010 (ends May 31, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>$150,000 already raised </li></ul><ul><li>$150,000 more by October 15 </li></ul><ul><li>$150,000 more by December 31 </li></ul><ul><li>$150,000 more by May 31 </li></ul><ul><li>$700,000* total for FY 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>* Additional funds needed for whatever tasks we need completed for which we cannot find volunteer resources. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>A national office helping to coordinate national (and international) actions and linking volunteers who have experience to those just learning </li></ul><ul><li>Website, e-communications, and list maintenance to keep us all informed </li></ul><ul><li>Media relations to get our messages heard </li></ul><ul><li>New membership growth activities </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>3 ways to donate to the campaign: </li></ul><ul><li>Make a pledge </li></ul><ul><li>Start a monthly online donation </li></ul><ul><li>Make a one time donation </li></ul><ul><li>www.votf.org/donate </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Help us “Keep the Faith, Change the Church” by becoming a part of the Voices in Action campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your friends! </li></ul><ul><li>Forward this information to them. </li></ul><ul><li>www.votf.org/voicesinaction </li></ul>

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