Domestic Poverty Ministies

The Episcopal Church addresses domestic poverty in many ways: through its network of over 600 Jubilee Ministries; one- and two-year Justice and Advocacy Fellowships based on the Anglican Marks of Mission; Asset-Based Community Development; collaboration with diocesan and congregational ministries across the country; and annual block-grant programs for the development (or enrichment) of local ministry. Through these processes and ministries, The Episcopal Church seeks “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

Called to Transformation: An Asset-Based Approach to Engaging Church and Community is centered around the belief that individuals, groups, and communities have the gifts they need to address the needs they see around them. 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that each of us are given different gifts to serve the community and we are all a part of the body of Christ working together. A project of The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development, Called to Transformation hosts Asset-Based Community Development trainings across the church.

Episcopal Jubilee Heinemeier

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

The Episcopal Church of El Buen Pastor, Durham, was accepted as a site for Jubilee Ministries in the fall of 2016. I developed the Jubilee Ministries proposal leading up to that acceptance.

 

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

I am a Lutheran Pastor, licensed to practice as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. I serve as Interim Priest at The Episcopal Church of El Buen Pastor, Durham, NC.

To see more of the Diocese of North Carolina's important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

Episcopal Jubilee Worship Good Shepherd

 

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged?

I have been working alongside the economically disadvantaged since my Ordination in 1963 in Brooklyn, N.Y. I have been deeply influenced by the gracious acceptance that my family and I have received in each of the congregations and local communities (Brooklyn, The South Bronx, Roxbury (Boston), East Baltimore, and, more recently, in the Episcopal congregations in Oxford and Durham, NC. I have been the main recipient in each of these ministries.

Episcopal Jubilee Gracious Congregations

 

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy means to speak up for someone. It is not yet releasing that person's innate power to speak up for him or herself. In other words, advocacy falls short of organizing and training people to act powerfully and collectively for themselves. That is why I have been involved in advocacy over the years, but also in faith-based organizing for the past forty years.

 

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus? (Written by Ingrid Nunez, a leader at El Buen Pastor) One of the ways I have seen Jesus in my ministry is when leaders of our congregation joined hundreds of other leaders, in the Durham CAN Action on Sunday, March 5, 2017. At that action, no matter what religion or race or nationality, immigrants and refugees and Muslims and many allies came together as one to fight for their dignity and security. Jesus, the defender of all people, was in the middle of that action.

Episcopal Jubilee Garden

 

The Rev. John Heinemeier is the interim priest at La Iglesia Episcopal El Buen Pastor in the Diocese of North Carolina.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? The Episcopal Church of El Buen Pastor, Durham, was accepted as a site for Jubilee Ministries in the fall of 2016. I developed the Jubilee Ministries proposal

Annette Joseph Episcopal Jubilee

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

We applied for it on November 1, 2016, and were just notified of the recognition on February 15, 2017. This is something the parish has been involved in over its lifetime though since 1903.

 

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

I am the priest at Holy Cross, when I was hired the congregation wanted the priest more involved in the community.  We have had a Lenten Partnership in our community for over 20 years. This partnership has led Holy Cross Episcopal, Brown Chapel AME, First Presbyterian, St. Andrew ELCA, First United Methodist, Lively Stone, and Mount Calvary Powerhouse to create a Downtown Churches gathering and start to cross into a deeper understanding with one another.  We have started a worship mob. This worship experience closes down our partner congregations and we all go to worship at Brown Chapel AME or Holy Cross or St. Andrew ELCA depending on whose turn it is.  At some point in the service you should feel as though you have been to your own service.  The components of Word, Spirit, Communion, and Fellowship all fall into the liturgy with readers from one church, the opening being done by another, hearing testimonies from Lively Stone, and sharing communion with Episcopalians or Lutherans.  Because of this we have been able to talk with one another more deeply. Studying together about Dismantling Racism, having honest conversations, and trusting we are hearing one another. This has been a blessing of our communities reaching out to one another.

To see more of the Diocese of Missouri's important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

 

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged?

I have learned what it means to listen with understanding and caring. Our church communities can extend out beyond our walls if we just try and put the effort in. Keeping Jesus at the center, knowing our differences don't separate or divide us, can lead us into deeper relationship.

Episcopal Jubilee Listening Hearing

 

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy means actively being there. If your feet aren't on the ground and we are not taking the time to pray and listen to our partners, we can end up seeing each other as the enemy.  When we take the time to foster relationship it opens a whole new window into advocating for what is really needed here in this place at this time.

Episcopal Advocacy Jubilee

 

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus?

I have seen Jesus in our colors. When we recognize that color helps us see clearly how others are treated differently, how we can make a difference by listening and learning of someone else's experiences and then the trust this builds between one another keeps Jesus present, among us all.

Episcopal Seeing Jesus Faces Other

 

The Rev. Annette Joseph is the rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? We applied for it on November 1, 2016, and were just notified of the recognition on February 15, 2017. This is something the parish has been involved in over its

Jubilee Ministries Alabama Mudiam

 

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

We are new to Jubilee Ministries in 2017, but have been serving our community for nearly 30 years. St. Michael's Clinic is the only provider for the uninsured in West Anniston, the largest population of the uninsured in Calhoun County.

 

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

The role of St. Michael's Community Services, Inc. is to minister the love of Jesus through the provision of healthcare to those who otherwise have little or no access to services. The ministry is an outreach of The Church of St. Michael and All Angels. The focus of the work is to offer medical services to those without access, connect patients to needed resources, provide social services such as patient education, and to provide an organization to which concerned citizens can confidently invest in meeting the needs of those living with health disparities. Thousands of patients have been served in West Anniston and the surrounding communities of Calhoun County.

To see more of the Diocese of Alabama's important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged?

Working alongside those struggling with poverty and health disparities has opened my eyes to the value of community resources. Working together with others in our community, we can alleviate the burden of poverty. I think poverty is an issue that can seem so overwhelming that we feel powerless to face it. But if those who seek to love and serve Jesus would turn their hearts toward the poor, collectively we can truly help our neighbors. Disparity in privilege should not dictate the allocation of resources.

Episcopal Jubilee Mudiam Poverty Ministries

 

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy is a fighting word to me. I do not mean to stir thoughts of violence, but rather of strongly held convictions that I feel compelled to address. One of the primary roles of St. Michael's Community Services, Inc. is to advocate for the needs of our patients. They need someone who understands the healthcare system and can navigate it in such a way as to meet their basic healthcare needs. Advocacy in our ministry often meets a persistent pursuit of locating resources to meet the needs of our patients.

Episcopal Jubilee St Michaels

 

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus?

We see Jesus in the faces of every patient. In the notable passage of Jesus in Matthew 25, when we serve the least of these, we have served Jesus. These faces are housecleaners, waitresses, those struggling with addiction, the undocumented worker, the ex-convict, the homeless, the mental health patient, and others who have been marginalized, who have fallen through the healthcare gaps in our community.

Episcopal Where I See Jesus

What a privilege it is to serve them. I am so grateful for the opportunity. Jesus can also be seen in the application of His commandments to us. In the performing of the acts that Christ has called us to perform, Christ then is portrayed to those we encounter. It is Outreach/Evangelism in its truest sense. Jesus is seen in our work.

 

Nanette Mudiam is the director of St. Michael's Medical Clinic in Anniston, Diocese of Alabama.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

  1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? We are new to Jubilee Ministries in 2017, but have been serving our community for nearly 30 years. St. Michael's Clinic is the only provider for the uninsured in

5 Questions Episcopal Jubilee Dana Jean

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

We applied for and were recognized as a Jubilee Ministry in November 2016 under my leadership as the director of outreach.

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

I lead our parish's outreach, the Hands & Feet Social Transformation Ministry.  Under the umbrella of our Hands & Feet Ministry, I coordinate the "help the helpers" side, in which we support other organizations that are serving our community and the independent initiatives of our parish such as our BlessMobile Ministry which is a relational ministry centered around breaking bread together with people living in less fortunate areas of our mission field.  The Hands & Feet Ministry serves the marginalized including those suffering from food insecurity, women facing domestic violence, children at risk, incarcerated juveniles, and the homeless.

Episcopal Poverty Jubilee Serving Jesus

At the diocese level, I have been asked to assess and consult on a partnership with a local produce ministry affiliated with another church in order to help parishes in our diocese join with that ministry and start serving fresh produce to the marginalized in their communities.  Since October, the produce ministry has been able to expand its reach to four more communities.

To see more of the Diocese of Dallas' important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged?

Everyday I ask myself how it is possible that I have been given such a gift as to serve the marginalized and economically disadvantaged.  My work gives me no choice but to confront my own unconscious judgments and to then explore and navigate them to more fully understand and minister to those in need as well as to those in my own congregation who may be held back by their own judgments as well.  Serving the disadvantaged pushes me deeper into ministry and closer to Christ's own heart.  It brings me tremendous joy as often as it causes me wrenching heartbreak as I develop relationships with those in need and those serving alongside me.

Episcopal Advocacy Jubilee Serving Poor

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy is an important part of the social transformation ministry we do at St. Andrew's. Walking alongside the marginalized and economically disadvantaged is essential, but it is not always "enough" when what we seek is to transform a community.  In that vein, advocacy, to me, means then that we must proactively engage with community leaders in governments, social service agencies, nonprofits and churches to bring to light the needs of the community.  We must say to the community leaders, "Here are the problems people are facing.  How can we join together to address the needs?" and then, saying to the people whose voices too often go unheard, "We see you and we are listening. How can we help?"

Jubilee Ministries commit to providing direct services to the economically disadvantaged while advocating alongside them. Want to learn more? Check out How to Become a Jubilee Ministry!

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus?

Just thinking of answering the question "where have you seen Jesus" makes my heart leap with joy.  I see Jesus in every act of service, big and small.  I have seen him at a baby shower for a homeless woman and then again when we helped move furniture into a home for that same woman.  I have seen him in the neonatal intensive care unit when I was unexpectedly asked to baptize a baby before he went in for his seventh surgery.  I see him weekly in the juvenile detention center where I mentor and at the homeless shelter where we pack lunches for folks to take to work and school.

Children Jubilee Poverty Episcopal

Jesus joins us in the assembly line as we pack take-out containers of hot meals to serve to those suffering from food insecurity and he joins us in the local public school where we mentor and feed kids and care for the teachers and staff who serve so passionately.  He walks with us as we enter the home of a battered woman to help her escape the violence she and her children suffer and he walks with us as we move furniture into apartments for refugees just arriving from around the world. Jesus is all around us!  I want to shout from the mountaintop:  Come meet him!

Dana Jean is the leader of the Hands & Feet Social Transformation Ministry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Dallas.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? We applied for and were recognized as a Jubilee Ministry in November 2016 under my leadership as the director of outreach. 2) What is/are your role(s) in your

5 Questions Episcopal Jubilee Dianne Aid

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

I have been involved with Jubilee Ministries since 1991, first as Coordinator of a Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Spokane. In 2003 our parish, St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn, in the Diocese of Olympia became a Jubilee Center. We set out to serve and partner with the growing immigrant community, mostly from Mexico. I have been blessed to be the coordinator of this work. What started as an afterschool program to assist children from non-English speaking families has become what the community has defined. Today we advocate for Comprehensive Immigration reform and have been leaders in The New Sanctuary Movement. We provide space and opportunities for indigenous immigrants from Mexico to reconnect with pre-conquest cultural heritage (currently with Mixecta and Purepecha communities). We are on the horizon of industrializing our parish hall kitchen to create opportunities for the development of micro businesses.

I served on The Jubilee Advisory Committee from 2009-2012, and currently, I am assisting Diocesan Jubilee Officer in the Diocese of Olympia.

Interested in being designated a Jubilee Ministry? Check out How to Become a Jubilee Ministry on what the process entails!

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

In the Diocese of Olympia I work with Economic Justice, this work really is inter-faith serving on the Program Committee of the Faith Action Network.

Episcopal Jubilee Luke Passage In my parish, I coordinate the Jubilee Center which in addition to what is described in the first answer provides ongoing support and safety planning for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. I also serve as the catechist in my congregation.

I am currently president of The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and have recently been appointed to the Executive Council Economic Justice Loan Fund Committee.

I am a professed Third Order Franciscan and approach life and ministry grounded in Franciscan principles.

To see more of the Diocese of Olympia's important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged?

The motto, "Not about us without us" has been a revelation. I live my life from a wheelchair (since 2001); this has brought some blessings because I became vulnerable. The communities which I set out to "help" from my place of white privilege have taken care of me. For whatever reason, or how I ventured down this path my days are spent among people who struggle to make ends meet (I myself am on a fixed income), who live in the shadow of possible family separation due to immigration status.

Episcopal Jubilee Power of CommunityThis on the surface seems bleak, but, what I have found is the power of community, the courage to march and testify for human rights, and most of all to be able to celebrate joys of life and live in the beauty of diversity.

Our entire congregation has engaged in advocacy, community, and celebration. We are at 50% immigrant head of household membership. There are no stepchildren, we together proclaim Jubilee.

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free and proclaim the year of the Lord's favor... And all eyes were fixed on him.”

From Luke 4:18-20

Advocacy requires moving beyond our comfort zones, hear stories, walk with oppressed and marginalized communities who fall victim to corporate greed, and step out of the way so "the other’s" voice is heard.

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus?

Every day, cada dia, in the streets, fields, gathering around the table, in the dances.Episcopal Jubilee Where Is Jesus

Finally, at night the comforting words of Compline put it all in perspective. God bids me rest and approach the new day with openness and expectation.

Dianne Aid, TSSF, is a Third Order Franciscan and an assisting Diocesan Jubilee Officer in the Diocese of Olympia.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? I have been involved with Jubilee Ministries since 1991, first as Coordinator of a Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Spokane. In 2003 our parish, St. Matthew/San

5 Questions Episcopal Jubilee Arizona

 

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

Bridging AZ Furniture Bank was fortunate to have The Rev. Mark Van Wassenhove, a Bridging Charter Board member, introduced us to Carmen Guererro.  We met with Carmen and received our Jubilee Ministry Certification September 12, 2006.

Episcopal Jubilee Domestic PovertyBridging AZ satisfies a need in the Phoenix Metropolitan area that had been unrealized.  It had always been up to agency case managers to procure beds and furniture for their clients once permanent housing was obtained.

We focus our attention and make comfort in the home a priority and our business. Our "niche" is that we provide these items to economically disadvantaged individuals and families through agency representatives (case workers).

Interested in being designated a Jubilee Ministry? Check out How to Become a Jubilee Ministry on what the process entails!

2) What is/are your role(s) in your diocese? In your parish? In a ministry or ministries?

As founders of Bridging AZ, my husband Jim and I became interested in service ministry upon our completion of EFM.  Sometimes in our parish of St. Barnabas, we are referred to as "The couple who took that servant portion of EFM really, really seriously!" 

Episcopal Jubilee Education for Ministry

To see more of the Diocese of Arizona's important work, check out their page on the Episcopal Asset Map. While you're there, search for innovative ministries, connect with leaders across the Church, and tell us about the ways the Spirit is at work in your neighborhood through a short survey.

 

3) What’s one way you’ve been changed by your work alongside the economically disadvantaged? 

I have experienced change in my attitude by getting to know the issues our agency case managers face daily. Their knowledge has informed my ministry by helping me learn how critical it is to understand the importance of:

  1. Education
  2. Recognizing/addressing the signs of substance/alcohol abuse
  3. Self-esteem
  4. Healthy eating habits

These 4 items top the list of every case manager with whom I have spoken.

I think about people in terms of "What can I do, what should I do, what will I do?"

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness: Thank God for these boots on the ground here in our community who (among many other things) tirelessly strive to work with our legislature, making the lives of those with no voice heard.   

Southwest Behavioral & Health Service: Thank God for the case managers who day after day work with the developmentally and physically disabled to ensure each and every life is lived to its fullest potential.

 

4) What does advocacy mean to you?

Episcopal Jubilee AdvocacyAdvocacy is having the guts to get up in the morning and fight for unpopular issues that are not politically safe or sexy, relentlessly doing so in front of our elected officials who turn their ears and eyes to those issues that are popular, politically safe and sexy.

 

 

5) Where in your diocese (or parish, or ministry) have you seen Jesus?

When a parishioner once looked at Jim and I and said "Oh man, you guys look beat.  Let me take you to lunch!" Thank you, Jesus.

When a donor told me she didn't want Goodwill to sell her kitchen table. She wanted to give it to Bridging Arizona, knowing we would find a family who needed it.  This table had served her well, having used it every night as she studied to obtain her doctorate. She wanted it to go to a family in need as its job "wasn't finished yet!" Thank you, Jesus.

 

Donna Piscopo is the co-founder and co-director of Bridging AZ.

If you are interested in having your church or ministry designated a Jubilee Ministry, please contact Mr. Christopher Sikkema at 212-716-6055 or csikkema@episcopalchurch.org. The application to be designated a Jubilee Ministry can be found HERE.

  1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? Bridging AZ Furniture Bank was fortunate to have The Rev. Mark Van Wassenhove, a Bridging Charter Board member, introduced us to Carmen Guererro.  We met with

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