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Goodwill Industries 100th Anniversary Resolution

WHEREAS

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES was founded in 1902 as a creative expression of Methodist ministry, by the Rev. Edgar James Helms, as he served his congregation and "world parish" in the South End of Boston, MA, USA focusing on the poor, children, immigrants and persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS

This innovative ministry of "industrial evangelism" reflected John Wesley's own work noted in his November 25, 1740 Journal entry; and

WHEREAS

The Methodist Centenary Fund, created by the General Conference, allocated one million dollars in 1918 to establish Goodwill Industries in the United States as part of the church's mission; and

WHEREAS

The Bureau of Goodwill Industries of the Department of City Work of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, Dr. Helms, Executive Secretary, developed over 100 Goodwill organizations in the United States and other parts of the world; and

WHEREAS

Goodwill Industries International is now serving in more than 2000 communities in 26 nations, and continues to honor its United Methodist roots; and

WHEREAS

2002 IS THE Centennial year marking the 100th Anniversary of this outstanding work, born and nurtured in the church;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that

The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church gives thanks to God for the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Goodwill Industries by the Rev. Dr. Edgar James Helms, celebrates the history of partnership between the church and Goodwill, and affirms our mutual commitment to creatively serve all God's people into the future.