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The Rev. Melanie Mullen of Richmond, VA has been named the Episcopal Church Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

In this new full-time position, Mullen will lead the church’s work on domestic poverty and Jubilee Ministries, and shepherd the work of Episcopal Church staff in relation to racial reconciliation and justice, domestic poverty, stewardship of creation, and the United Thank Offering. She will also partner closely with the Advisory Council on Stewardship of Creation to develop and support eco-justice sites and networks.  The Director will report to the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation.

“The Rev. Mullen brings a unique blend of experiences and gifts to this position,” Spellers said. “She’s a trained community organizer with a heart for building teams and leading communities to make a difference. She has a demonstrated passion for environmental justice and economic justice. She knows parishes, she knows Capitol Hill and she knows the trenches, and she’s ready to work with our already strong team to take the Episcopal Church’s engagement around reconciliation, justice and creation care even deeper.”

The Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care is based in Washington DC.

“It is an honor to be called to this the new position for the church,” Mullen said.  “The work of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care is vital to our life together, as we further the vision of equipping the people of God to be Christ’s hands and feet on the earth.”

Mullen begins her new position on March 1 and at that time she will be available at mmullen@episcopalchurch.org.

Meet Melanie Mullen

Mullen currently serves as the Downtown Missioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Prior to that she was the Interim Missioner for Youth Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Assistant Director of Community for Camp Richmond Hill; and the Director of Communications and Development for Lutheran Volunteer Corps. During her years in the nation’s capital, she also worked in campaign fundraising and development and raised more than $10 million for leadership PACs, the Congressional Black Caucus, and US Congressional and gubernatorial races from Louisiana to Connecticut; and she served as Development Associate for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, with a focus on poverty advocacy.

She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, with a Bachelors in History.

The Rev. Melanie Mullen of Richmond, VA has been named the Episcopal Church Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In this new full-time position, Mullen will lead the church’s work on...

On Thursday, February 23, Thursdays at 2 will feature Transforming Churches - Trinity Church, Clanton, AL and its innovative outreach program, Beans and Rice.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Episcopal Moments: Erin Deason
  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Episcopal Moment - Lindsey Ardrey
  • St. Paul & the Redeemer
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • The Crossing
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Jericho Road
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • The Slate Project

 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

Transforming Churches - Trinity Church Clanton Alabama

On Thursday, February 23, Thursdays at 2 will feature Transforming Churches - Trinity Church, Clanton, AL and its innovative outreach program, Beans and Rice. The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned Thursdays at 2 is a...

“The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. “The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places.”

Presiding Bishop Curry wrote in the annual Good Friday letter to all congregations asking them to consider providing assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East.

“The Jesus Movement is manifested through opportunities like the Good Friday Offering to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” he wrote.

Funds collected from the Good Friday Offering are gathered and distributed to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East which is part of the Anglican Communion. 

Information on the Good Friday Offering is here. Good Friday Offering resources are available here.  

For more information contact the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Episcopal Church Middle East Partnership Officer.

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s letter:

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Late Epiphany 2017

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

You see a letter like this every year from your presiding bishop with a request to support the Good Friday Offering. Why? Because we walk the walk of Christ when we walk in solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East, who keep the faith in the very land Jesus called home. We walk the walk of Christ when we advocate for the voices of those who work fearlessly for peace in the midst of unremitting violence. We walk the walk of Christ when we support ministries of healing, education, pastoral care, and interfaith cooperation rooted in a deep desire for a future full of reconciliation and hope.

The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers. You have heard me talk about the Jesus Movement so much in these past months. Jesus of Nazareth is not about the talk of faith. He is not about the walk of faith. He is about both the talk and the walk. The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places.

The Jesus Movement is manifested through opportunities like the Good Friday Offering to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

I ask you to join me in the journey of faith as part of the Jesus Movement in supporting the Good Friday Offering again this year.

May God bless you and the love we share in our Lord and Savior.

 

 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate        

The Episcopal Church

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“The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. “The Jesus Movement is about the...

On Thursday, February 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature Episcopal Moments with Erin Deason of Maryland.

In this Episcopal Moment video, young adult Baltimore resident Erin Deason discusses her positive experiences and welcoming from the Episcopal Church and the impact on her life.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Episcopal Moment - Lindsey Ardrey
  • St. Paul & the Redeemer
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • The Crossing
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Jericho Road
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • The Slate Project

 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

Episcopal Moments - Erin

On Thursday, February 16, Thursdays at 2 will feature Episcopal Moments with Erin Deason of Maryland. In this Episcopal Moment video, young adult Baltimore resident Erin Deason discusses her positive experiences and welcoming from the Episcopal...

Team Leader applications now accepted for the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Design Team.

Nuevo Amanecer is a biennial event co-sponsored with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in partnership with the Latino Ministries Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Nuevo Amanecer 2018 will be held August 27-30, 2018 at Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. 

“Nuevo Amanecer offers practical tools and a network of support to better equip for ministry those working, or intending to work, within the Latino/Hispanic community,” explained the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries.

Team leaders will work with the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Executive Committee, comprised of Guillén along with the two event co-coordinators, the Rev. Samuel Borbon of the Diocese of Oregon and the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk of Kansas, along with Wendy Pineda of Texas, budget and finance administrator.

Team leaders will develop, plan, coordinate, and direct the following teams: Event Space, Interpretation/Translation, Media & Communications, Program, Registration, Transportation, and Worship. 

Application forms for team leaders are available here.

Deadline for applying is Thursday, March 9.

For more information, contact Guillén
 

Team Leader applications now accepted for the Nuevo Amanecer 2018 Design Team. Nuevo Amanecer is a biennial event co-sponsored with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in partnership...

The Episcopal Church Board for Transition Ministry has issued an invitation to the church to participate “to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches.”

In a document located here, the Board for Transition Ministry explains its goals and objectives:

Our goal in writing this document is to invite the church to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches. From our experience, study and prayer, we recognize these to be important issues in our time. We invite dialogue in the many and diverse ways we have available: conversations on social media, at church gatherings such as meetings of diocesan transition ministers, diocesan conventions, the House of Bishops, and other leaders in our church. We offer this not as a declaration, but as an invitation to dialogue.

These invitations to ponder about clergy transitions might seem like a very “churchy” endeavor. But we are reminded that the Church exists not for itself but for the glory of God and the transformation of the world. We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement that is out to change the world from the nightmare it is for so many, into the dream God has for it. God's will is to be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to develop disciples that go out into the world and “turn it upside down” (Acts 17:6) - which our Presiding Bishop tells us "”is actually right side up.” The Church exists to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 25.

Among the topics explored in the document are: Aging Church; Dual Call Couples; Energy Beyond the Parish; Diversifying Our Clergy; Interim Ministries; Part-time Clergy Leadership; Full-Communion Partners; Diversity is reality; and Calling” is Not “Hiring”.

"I have used this document as a 'discussion starter' in several venues already in our diocese -with my staff, the Commission on Ministry, and Diocesan Council,” explained Bishop Douglas Fisher of Western Massachusetts. “Last week I had the opportunity to share it with Province One bishops and that led to a very fruitful discussion about the recruiting of bi-vocational priests and their formation. Transition Ministry is in transition and it is my hope that dialog about it in many different settings will lead to insight, creativity and exploration of God's imagination for developing leadership for Jesus' mission."

The Board encourages everyone to converse around these topics within parishes, dioceses, provinces, and inter-denominationally.  Direct feedback to the Board may be sent to Judy Stark, Chair, at btmboard@gmail.com.

Members of the Board for Transition Ministry and their dioceses are:

Judy Stark, Chair, Southwest Florida; Michael Spencer, Vice Chair, Eastern Michigan; the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Secretary, Maryland; the Rev. Paula Clark, Washington; the Rev. Canon Elizabeth Easton, Nebraska; Bishop Douglas Fisher, Western Massachusetts; Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, North Carolina; Canon Jill Mathis, Pennsylvania; Denise Obando, California; the Rev. Canon Jim Pritchett, Western North Carolina; Bishop Allen Shin, New York; Bishop Kirk Smith, Arizona; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex-Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex-Officio.

For more information contact the Rev. Meghan F. Froehlich, Director, Office for Transition Ministry. 

The Episcopal Church Board for Transition Ministry has issued an invitation to the church to participate “to think out loud about how we bring ordained leaders to our churches.” In a document located here, the Board for Transition Ministry explains...
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The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects.

The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev. Tanya Wallace, an Executive Council member from the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church as approved by General Convention. Wallace explained, “The criteria used for the ranking, in conjunction with the expectations of the grant and its benefactor, were a clear focus on religious education, potential impact of the project, cost-effectiveness and clarity of budget, level of collaboration, and consistency with the priorities of General Convention and the Episcopal Church.”

Wallace said the Executive Council Constable Grant Review Committee received 16 applications, which carried combined requests totaling over $1.2 million.

Recipients

The following seven projects receiving 2017 Constable Grants are:

  • Building Bridges (Province VII): Support for creative multi-diocese Province VII antiracism project. $29,000.
  • Red Shirt Table (Province VI): Support for convocation on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with Presiding Bishop's presence. $40,000.
  • Province IX Youth and Young Adult Event Leadership Development (Province IX and Episcopal Church Office of Formation): Support for project to create Spanish language Episcopal Youth Event in Province IX. $40,000.
  • Province II Forming Christians (Province II/Diocese of New Jersey): Support to create web-based interactive Christian formation videos for use in the home with families. $50,000.
  • Love God, Love Neighbor (Episcopal Migration Ministries): Support for regional educational trainings designed to empower Episcopalians to be agents of reconciliation in the world as allies, advocates, and ambassadors for their refugee neighbors. $60,000.
  • Episcopal Asset Map (Episcopal Church Office of Communications): Support to continue important work of the map through rebuilding the site, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development. $60,000.
  • Our Stories Speak of God (Episcopal Church Office of Evangelism and Reconciliation): Support for collaborative churchwide project to grow faith and relationship through stories (evangelism and reconciliation). $101,000.

Named for Mary Louise Constable

The Constable Grants were named for Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist.  In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Constable made a monetary gift to the Episcopal Church to establish the Constable Fund.  Her desire and intent to add periodically to the fund during her lifetime was realized and culminated with a very generous final gift at the time of her death in 1951. The language of Constable’s will states that the fund exists “in perpetuity … to apply the net income for the purposes of the Society, preferably for the work in religious education not provided for within the Society’s budget.

The Episcopal Church Executive Council, at its February meeting in Linthicum Heights, MD, approved the recipients of the Constable Fund Grants, totaling $380,000 for seven projects. The Constable Fund Grant Review Committee was chaired by the Rev....
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The Director of Human Resources position is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City and is a full-time position.

The Director of Human Resources reports to the Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for providing organizational development strategies and direct human resources management to partner and support the mission and ministry goals of the Episcopal Church; managing every aspect of employment needs; overseeing the talent acquisition process and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and in-house regulatory requirements and procedures; and benefits administration.

Information about the position, details for applying and process overview are available here.

To apply, provide résumé and a cover letter that includes at least three professional references with contact info by email to TEC-HR@ies-consulting.org. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled.

For more information, contact Dr. George Conway, President, IES Consulting, gconway@ies-consulting.org. IES Consulting has been engaged as the search firm for this position.

 

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Human Resources, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The Director of Human Resources position is based at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City and is a...

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting.

The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

Seminarian Grant Awards

  • A Good and Joyful Thing: Meaningful Eucharistic Liturgies for Children and Families; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $1,210; Emily J. Garcia, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • The Episcopal Church Resource Center on Second Life; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; $2,500; Cheryl McFaddin, Diocese of East Carolina
  • Journey Together at the Abundant Table Farm (JT@theAT); Episcopal Divinity School; $2,500; Lisa Devine, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Shared Struggles; Collective Liberation: A Holy Land Pilgrimage; The School of Theology at the University of the South; $1,997.97; Kevin-Antonio Smallwood, Diocese of Western Massachusetts
  • Equipping Episcopal Seminarians to Nourish Children Spiritually through Godly Play; Seminary of the Southwest; $2,400; Reagan Gonzalez, Diocese of Montana
  • Capturing the Beauty Way, Hozho; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Leon Sampson, Navajoland Area Mission
  • If You Really Knew Me: A Series of Conversations Tilted Towards Reconciliation; Virginia Theological Seminary; $2,500; Kathleen Walker, Diocese of Southeast Florida

Young Adult Grant Awards

  • Evangelism Intern to the University of Arkansas; Samantha Haycock, Diocese of Arkansas, $2,500
     
  • Cheii’s Web Development; Ryan Sam, Navajoland Area Mission; $2,330.07
  • The Episcopal Church Stands with Standing Rock; Patrick Kelly, Diocese of North Dakota    , $2,500
  • Young Adult Leadership Development – Union of Black Episcopalians; Darius Jenkins, Diocese of Southern Ohio; $2,500

More information

Descriptions of the grants are located here

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for the United Thank Offering.

 

 

 

The 2017 United Thank Offering grants for seven seminarians and four young adults were approved by Executive Council at its February meeting. The focus of the grants is The Jesus Movement. The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote...
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On Thursday, February 9, Thursdays at 2 will feature the events and energy of the Episcopal Revival, filmed in February in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, share the joys and importance of Revivals in the Episcopal Church.

The video is available here and is also available closed-captioned

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Episcopal Moment - Lindsey Ardrey
  • St. Paul & the Redeemer
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • The Crossing
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Musician Mike Notter
  • Reflections by Brother Geoffrey
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Jericho Road
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • The Slate Project
  • Music and surfing leading back to church. 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

A New Revival

On Thursday, February 9, Thursdays at 2 will feature the events and energy of the Episcopal Revival, filmed in February in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism,...