GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

There is still time to apply for grants from the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.

This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Deadline for applications is August 20.

Episcopal Church congregations, seminaries, schools, monastic communities, non-profits, dioceses, provinces, etc. are encouraged to develop projects that find and establish connections between eco- and social justice, engaging the local community as partners and participants. The projects should seek to foster cooperation between communities of faith, civic, scientific and educational organizations. Projects should have specific outcomes which create lasting impact, enhance faith formation and social understanding and serve groups and/or regions that are vulnerable and/or underrepresented in the church. Projects including intergenerational engagement, demonstrating innovation and creativity, and promoting churchwide learning, understanding and practical application are welcomed. Projects should not be solely focused on materials, salaries, or capital expenses.

The Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation will make recommendations to the Episcopal Church Executive Council for its October 2017 meeting, and final grant decisions will be announced in November with the funds released in December.

Members

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Luis Alberto Garcia Correa, Diocese of  Dominican Republic; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Julia Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma and Liaison of Executive Council; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; the Rev. Melanie Mullen, staff liaison    

For more information contact Ann Hercules.

 

 

 

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There is still time to apply for grants from the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation. This marks the

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Every year, the Episcopal Church provides grants to assist currently-designated Jubilee Ministries in their work. These grants are intended to help ministries in their mission to create a more just society and confront structures that promote cycles of poverty and inequality.

“Jubilee Ministries, created by an act of General Convention in 1983, encourage a ministry of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people to meet basic human needs and to build a just society,” noted the Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Stewardship of Creation. “Now in its 34th year, Jubilee Ministries seek to fulfill Christ's mandate found in the Gospel of Matthew - to provide food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, welcome for the stranger, clothing for the naked, healing for the sick, and companionship for the captive.”

More than 700 ministries across the Episcopal Church have achieved Jubilee status as recognized by the Executive Council.

The 2017 Jubilee Grants will be awarded to initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need, in amounts totaling from $1,000 to $5,000. Successful applications will demonstrate sustainability, a commitment to working with and empowering God's people and a localized understanding of the Jesus Movement.

Application forms are available here

Deadline for applications is September 29 at 5 pm Eastern.

All currently-designated Jubilee Ministries are eligible. Proposals must be approved by bishop of the diocese and, if applicable, the Diocesan Jubilee Officer.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of lay and ordained Episcopalians, including Executive Council and staff representatives.

For more information contact Meghan Ritchie at mritchie@episcopalchurch.org or (212) 716-6067.

 

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Every year, the Episcopal Church provides grants to assist currently-designated Jubilee Ministries in their work. These

Ninety-two educational scholarships, totaling $298,852.73 have been awarded to students in 40 Episcopal Church dioceses as well as seven Provinces of the Anglican Communion for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within the Episcopal Church who serves as the chair of the Scholarship Committee, said that 130 applications were received and reviewed.

Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Director of Investment Management and Banking, explained that scholarships were available for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other particular wide-ranging eligibility for education and training.  “Funding for the program is derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors,” she said.

The number of students and dioceses are:

1 Alaska

1 Arkansas

1 Atlanta

1 California

2 Connecticut

1 Convocation of American Churches in Europe

2 Dominican Republic

1 Fond du Lac

1 Fort Worth

1 Georgia

2 Hawaii

1 Indianapolis

1 Lexington

2 Long Island

3 Los Angeles

2 Louisiana

3 Maryland

1 Massachusetts

1 Mississippi

1 Missouri

1 Nebraska

1 Nevada

2 New Hampshire

4 New Jersey

5 New York

1 Northern California

4 North Carolina

1 Northern Indiana

2 Olympia

2 Oregon

1 Puerto Rico

2 Rio Grande

1 Rhode Island

2 South Carolina

4 Southeast Florida

1 Southwest Florida

3 Texas

1 Vermont

1 West Virginia

1 Western Michigan

 

The number of students and Anglican provinces/dioceses are:

2 Anglican Church of Tanzania

5 DR Congo, Aru, Kivu, Bunia

1 Mozambique

11 Church of Sudan

2 Anglican Church of Kenya

1 China

1 Ghana

 

The lists of trust funds and scholarships as well as key information are here.   

Applications were carefully reviewed by subcommittees comprised of church leaders in a wide variety of ministry areas. Their recommendations then came to the Scholarship Committee, which includes Hunn, a selection of church leaders, and members of the Episcopal Church Center staff. 

For information about the next cycle of scholarships, contact Ann Hercules, Mission Budget & Finance Management Associate. 

The next cycle of Scholarships will be for the academic year 2018-2019 and will open in March 2018.

 

Ninety-two educational scholarships, totaling $298,852.73 have been awarded to students in 40 Episcopal Church dioceses as well as seven Provinces of the Anglican Communion for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the

Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Diocese of Delaware to begin a four-phase program of evaluating all churches in the diocese’s energy use and help with formation conversations around energy stewardship. This will be a model program for other dioceses:  $2,225.     
  • St. Michael’s and All Angels, Issaquah, WA (Diocese of Olympia), to fund rain garden with a year-long theological educational program on water.  Liturgical materials to be prepared for sharing with the wider church:  $10,000
  • Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI (Diocese of Rhode Island), to support hydroponic gardening with children; food to go to local pantry with important focus on developing meditation and worship materials to deepen reflection on God’s creation:  10,000.
  • St. John’s, Stamford, CT (Diocese of Connecticut), to fund a reforestation program with the Parish of the Good Samaritan in Grose Morne, Haiti and will include a video which will be used with the re-planting program and formation within the community:  $10,000.
  • Community of St. Brigid at the Church of Good Shepherd, St. Louis, MO (Diocese of Missouri).  Farm church program with strong focus on formation around justice, creation care and food security in a committed faith community. Educational materials to be shared:  $8,500.
  • Cultivate, The Episcopal Food Network, applied churchwide through the Diocese of New York.  Development of a website, congregational resources for gardening, and liturgical materials for broad distribution around the church:  $10,000.
  • Church of the Nativity, Raleigh, NC (Diocese of North Carolina), to support and develop low-carbon farming by building a network of interested stakeholders, hosting a farm summit. Program will include development of a white paper to cover theological and practical aspects of low-carbon farming to be distributed throughout the church:  $10,000.
  • Support for the initial work at Bellwether Farm (Diocese of Ohio) consisting of formation materials and other educational resources which would be models for other communities seeking to institute similar programs.   Bellwether Farm is the new diocesan camp, retreat, and education center that will feature a working, sustainable farm:  $10,000.
  • Support for the Rock Point Program (Diocese of Vermont) to develop bee pollinators in the area of an existing solar farm.  Includes a strong program to introduce people of faith and visitors to the concepts of creation care as well as a robust communication strategy which would be a model for other communities:  $10,000.
  • St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center, Memphis, TN (Diocese of West Tennessee).  This collaborative program between the Center and Thistle & Bee will develop and expand a bee pollinator program and educate visiting groups about the theological and practical need for supporting bee pollination:  $9,765.
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown. NY (Diocese of Western New York).  As part of a town-wide green event, the church will offer educational information and materials to the community about creation care as a theological effort and eco-justice advocacy as a faith-based initiative:  $3,000.7000
  • Kivalina Epiphany Church, Kivalina, AK (Diocese of Alaska).  Program to fund a pilgrimage from Kivalina to engage with Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Olympia, Oregon, and California. Through presentations at churches, home-stays and small group conversations, will build awareness of climate justice. This will be the beginning of developing relationships to foster a shared sense of mutuality and care for God’s creation.  Videos of presentations will be developed:  $8,000.
  • Catedral de San Pablo (Diocese of Colombia), to build a partition wall and plant native plants to alleviate pollution in the area around the Cathedral. Project will also include an educational and formation program on greenhouse gas emission engaging the local community and the cathedral’s congregation:  $4,250.
  • Grace Church, North Garden, VA (Diocese of Virginia), for a two-day conference entitled Exploring Bioregional Spirituality in the Rivanna River Watershed.  Papers and outcomes for learnings will be shared with the wider-church:  $8,000.
  • Diocese of California - This program will help fund a conference on Eco-justice: Safeguarding Climate, Food and Water to engage the diocese and larger community in the intersection of these issues; will provide support for honorarium and logistics for the conference:  $3,500.
  • Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Diocese of California). Grant funds to develop an intensive immersion class on climate justice and form a regional network to connect the students who are participants in the program:  $6,670.       

The Advisory Council was created by General Convention 2015, enabled by Resolution A030, and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Thirty-nine applications were received in this round. Applicants whose requests were not funded are eligible to revise and re-submit their requests in the third round of funding, which is open now.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Luis Alberto Garcia Correa, Diocese of  Dominican Republic; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Julia Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma and Liaison of Executive Council; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; the Rev. Melanie Mullen, staff liaison    

 

Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting. Grants were awarded

The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.

This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Deadline for applications is August 20.

Episcopal Church congregations, seminaries, schools, monastic communities, non-profits, dioceses, provinces, etc. are encouraged to develop projects that find and establish connections between eco- and social justice, engaging the local community as partners and participants. The projects should seek to foster cooperation between communities of faith, civic, scientific and educational organizations. Projects should have specific outcomes which create lasting impact, enhance faith formation and social understanding and serve groups and/or regions that are vulnerable and/or underrepresented in the church. Projects including intergenerational engagement, demonstrating innovation and creativity, and promoting churchwide learning, understanding and practical application are welcomed. Projects should not be solely focused on materials, salaries, or capital expenses.

The Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation will make recommendations to the Episcopal Church Executive Council for its October 2017 meeting, and final grant decisions will be announced in November with the funds released in December.

Members

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Luis Alberto Garcia Correa, Diocese of  Dominican Republic; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Julia Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma and Liaison of Executive Council; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; the Rev. Melanie Mullen, staff liaison    

 

For more information contact Ann Hercules.

 

 

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The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation. This marks the next cycle

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants for a total of $1,214,447.51 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grant recipients were approved by the Executive Council, meeting June 9 – June 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Diocese of Puerto Rico).

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

The 2017 grants were awarded to projects in 35 dioceses, which included 27 dioceses located within the United States, eight non-domestic dioceses, five companion dioceses, one United Thank Offering internship, and Global Partnerships funding for missionaries.

United Thank Offering – Julia Chester Emery Internship: Missional Voices

  • Diocese of Texas:  To continue and expand the Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering Internship. This project seeks to aid in the personal and professional development of a young woman interested in lay ministry, by providing intentional mentoring and leadership experience through Missional Voices and United Thank Offering particularly in the areas of church marketing and development:  $39,840.00

Global Partnerships - Gifts for Missionaries  

  • Each year the United Thank Offering provides funding as a gift for missionaries serving overseas as a reminder of the Church’s historic commitment to women missionaries:  $9,918.59

Recipients and projects

  • Diocese of Alaska - Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Fairbanks, AK:  $5,000.00
  • Diocese of Alaska with the Companion Diocese of Navajoland - Building Out the Jesus Movement in Navajoland, Farmington, NM:  $29,000.00
  • Diocese of Alaska, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - Translating the Book of Common Prayer into Modern Gwich'in (Athabascan), Fairbanks, AK:  $40,000.00
  • Diocese of Albany - St. Paul's Community and Ministry Center, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bloomville, NY:  $49,121.00
  • Diocese of Arizona with the Companion Diocese of Jerusalem - Renovating a School Facility at Savior School in Jordan, Zarka, Kingdom of Jordan:  $69,916.00
  • Diocese of Arkansas - Wash Day Ministry, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hot Springs, AR:  $21,250.00
  • Diocese of Colorado - St. Andrew's Tiny House Village, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver, CO:  $30,000.00
  • Diocese of Connecticut - St. Paul's Common Good Garden, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Southington, CT:  $10,500.00
  • Diocese of Georgia - Epiphany Community Organizing and New Evangelism in the Diocese of Georgia, Savannah, GA:  $37,500.00
  • Diocese of Gitega - Community Center for Sustainable Reconciliation, Anglican Communion Province of Burundi, Africa:  $45,924.00
  • Diocese of Kansas - Sending out the 70: Equipping Lay Evangelists, Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, KS:  $20,450.00
  • Diocese of Kurunagala - Igniting the Flame of Hope, Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka:  $35,548.00
  • Diocese of Michigan - Iglesia Santa Teresa y San Juan, Detroit, MI:  $50,000.00
  • Diocese of Navajoland - Rides for Navajoland, Farmigton, NM:  $60,410.00
  • Diocese of Nevada - A Van for St. Mary's, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Nixon, NV:  $16.251.88
  • Diocese of Newark - Parent Education Workshops, All Saints Episcopal Church/All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, Hoboken, NJ:  $27,029.00
  • Diocese of New York with the Companion Diocese of Haiti - New York Haiti Project, Mantel, Haiti:  $59,038.00
  • Diocese of New Hampshire - Establish an Eco-Curacy at Church in the Woods, Church of the Woods Episcopal Church, Canterbury, NH:  $24,221.00
  • Diocese of Northern Indiana - EDNIN Community Engagement Project, South Bend, IN:  $50,000.00
  • Diocese of Ohio - Bellwether Farm, Equipping Leaders for a sustainable Future, Bellwether Farm Camp, Retreat and Education Center, Wakeman, OH:  $53,667.00
  • Diocese of Olympia - Edible Hope Kitchen, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA:  $21,864.19
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh with the Companion Diocese of Uganda - St. Andrew's Secondary School Physical Plant Development, Buwologoma, Uganda:  $72,920.00
  • Diocese of San Diego - MAKE Garden Cafe Project, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA:  $35,000.00
  • Diocese of San Diego with the Companion Diocese of Western Mexico - Indigenous Ministry Project, San Luis Potosi, Mexico:  $17,783.00
  • Diocese of San Joaquin - Food Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Taft and Ridgecrest, CA:  $6,048.00
  • Diocese of Southern Ohio - CRIS Refugee Speakers Bureau, Columbus, OH:  $1,525.00
  • Diocese of the Southern Philippines - Construction of Diocesan Peace Center, Cotabato City,The Philippines:  $59,078.85
  • Diocese of Southern Virginia - Inner City Improvement, Newport News, VA:  $23,400.00
  • Diocese of Spain - Emmaus House: Pamplona Youth Center for Reconciliation & Evangelism, Pamplona, Spain:  $75,000.00
  • Diocese of Upper South Carolina - Jasmine Road, Greenville, SC:  $40,500.00
  • Diocese of Utah - New Gas Stoves to improve the Family Promise Experience, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, West Valley City, UT:  $1,500.00
  • Diocese of West Missouri - St. Luke's Nursing Center Quality of Life Initiative, Carthage, MO:  $22,500.00
  • Diocese of Western Michigan - Albion Community Gardens, Inc., St. James' Episcopal Church, Albion, MI:  $20,744.00

The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the Ingatherings/funds/contributions received through offerings from the well-known and easily recognizable UTO Blue Box.

Members of the United Thank Offering board are: Sandra Squires, President; Marcie Cherau, Vice President; Birdie Blake Reid, Secretary; Kathy Mank, Financial Secretary; Sherri Dietrich, Province I; Vernese Smith, Province II; Joyce Douglas, Province III; Joyce Landers, Province IV; Peg Cooper, Grants Convener, Province V; Elizabeth Campbell, Province VI; Valinda Jackson, Province VII; Barbara Schafer, Province VIII; Reina de Lopez, Province IX; Caitlyn Darnell, Young Adult Board Member; Sarah Carver, Appointed Member; Marian Luckey, Executive Council Liaison.

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

  

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants for a total of $1,214,447.51 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grant recipients were approved by the Executive Council, meeting

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church.

The grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, which are evangelistic ministries with populations that are under-represented in the church, are funded through General Convention 2015 Resolution D005, approved as part of the Jesus Movement priority to build a capacity for church planting in the Episcopal Church. 

The Genesis Group - the Advisory Group of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission - received and reviewed 35 grant requests. Executive Council approved $821,000 in matching grants to the following ministry applications.

  • $510,000: six new church starts                                                                    
  • $85,000: one renewing ministry (started in the last triennium)
  • $100,000: two Hybrid/Mission Enterprise Zone grants
  • $100,000: five new Mission Enterprise Zones
  • $26,000: six discernment grants

The following are the grant recipients and a brief description from the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Manager for Church Planting and Mission Development. Links to these ministries are here.

New Church Starts

Episcopal Church Parker County, Diocese of Fort Worth - $100,000
This ministry will plant an Episcopal Church in the middle of the largest new community currently being built in the United States (projected population of 50,000 residents). In a state where churchgoing is still the norm, many of these families will be looking for a church to attend. The Episcopal Church of Parker County, which already has roots in the area, plans to welcome them with traditional worship in the context of a generous, inclusive, Gospel-based ministry.
 
Communidad Latina de San Dunstan, Diocese of Oklahoma - $100,000
This grant funds a Latino Mission Developer Team for St. Dunstan's in Tulsa, OK where a new Spanish-speaking faith community has begun to grow. This community is now larger than many Anglo congregations, and, to keep the momentum going, the diocesan leadership is convinced that this is the moment to approach this as an official church plant. Their long-term vision is to use St. Dunstan's as a "ministry incubator." Amid this stable and supportive congregation, they plan to form a mission team made up of clergy, lay missioners, Christian educators and musicians. When phase one is complete, and the community at St. Dunstan's is firmly rooted, the mission team will work to facilitate the next church plant in Tulsa. Collaboration and mutuality will be foundational attributes of this ministry.
 
Misa Magdalena, Diocese of Washington - $100,000
The vision for this new Latino Hispanic ministry in the Aspen Hill community of Washington, DC emerged from the ministry developer’s relationships with local community leaders. They invited her to come start a new church in their community, similar to the successful Latino Hispanic congregation she recently started elsewhere. This is to be a sacramental, bilingual neighborhood church in a community with one of the highest concentrations of Latinos in the Washington DC area. Their evangelism and outreach is focused on neighbors who are un-churched or under-churched.

Sudanese Congregation at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Central NY - $50,000
This new ministry serving those resettled from Sudan is an important ministry in a growing and under-represented part of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Central New York and local congregations are keen to support the Rev. Rebecca Amour who is one of the first women priests ordained in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. This congregation is already growing; weekly attendance is already averaging more than 50 and new families are joining regularly.

Senor de la Misercordia, a partnership between the Episcopal Churches and the Lutheran Churches in Iowa - $100,000
Señor de la Misericordia is a new Hispanic church community being planted within Trinity Episcopal Church in Denison, IA, in partnership with the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA. Denison's Hispanic population has grown to nearly 50% of the town's population, and continues to grow at a rate of 39% per year. The town's only elementary school is located across the street from Trinity Episcopal Church, with two-thirds of students speaking Spanish. The church is in a prime location for reaching these families, equipping them for Christ's mission and ministry. The Rev. Filemon Diaz, an ELCA pastor with a track record of developing new Hispanic congregations, has been called to lead this new faith community.

Two Cultures, One Body in Christ, Diocese of New Jersey - $60,000
The Diocese of New Jersey is launching a Latino Hispanic church planting initiative in Monmouth County. This initiative builds on a successful pilot program in which their missioner successfully planted two new Hispanic/Latino congregations in partnership with two existing non-Hispanic congregations (All Saints, Lakewood and St. Thomas, Red Bank) in the region. A third church plant at Christ Church, Toms River is currently in progress and demonstrating similar success. The process of building these new faith communities and moving Hispanic and non-Hispanic congregations into relationship, cultural understanding, and common worship with each other has been - and continues to be - mutually and continually transformational. This next phase of ministry seeks to build on the experience and momentum from the pilot program by adding resources and developing new practices to expand the program to include Trinity Church in Asbury Park.

Renewing ministry
Church on the Square, Diocese of Maryland - $85,000
The faith community known as “Church on the Square, Canton” has made great progress in these last two years, forming a faith community in full partnership with the ELCA Maryland Synod. Since funded in the last triennium, the leaders have been energetically tilling the relational soil of this culturally diverse neighborhood and this ministry is taking off. They have rehabilitated the sanctuary that Lutheran partners offered and they have established themselves as the “heart of the community.” They describe themselves as “an open, creative refuge, respectful of all beliefs … that seeks to build community in service of Southeast Baltimore.  Through addressing wellness and environmental issues; nurturing arts and culture; enriching our common life together through faith, spirituality and doubt, Church on the Square seeks to be an inclusive home for you with Christ at its core.”

“Hybrid” Ministry Starts
Latinos Pa'lante St. Mary's Latino Ministry, Diocese of Massachusetts - $60,000
This will be a Latino Hispanic faith community, sponsored by St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Dorchester MA) and the Diocese. The ministry plan describes growing the Latino presence at St. Mary's through starting an additional service in Spanish on Sundays; through consciously and intentionally connecting with the various ministries that currently work with and impact the lives of Latinos in Dorchester and through the expansion of their parish identity to include the wide-diversity of Latino identities.

The Divine Office, Diocese of Los Angeles - $40,000
The Divine Office (TDO) is an ecumenical sacred co-working community for young adults who work independently, especially spiritual seekers and those who self-identify as "spiritual not religious." TDO integrates spiritual practices of monastic communities with the secular phenomenon of creative co-work spaces, becoming a day monastery of sorts for freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote workers. TDO will be located on the campus of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, on the far west side of Los Angeles, a downtown neighborhood of office, retail and apartment buildings where virtually all coffee shop seats fill up by 8 am with freelancers working on their laptops. In this bustling landscape, TDO will offer the sanctuary of a supportive community, rooted in Christ, a place to settle into a rule of life with the rhythm of daily prayer, meditation and worship punctuating the beginning, middle and end of the workday. TDO will be a community where young adults can forge relationships, discover and nurture their faith and explore how their spiritual and vocational lives inform one another and feed into all aspects of their lives.

Mission Enterprise Zones

St. Luke’s Ministry Interns, Diocese of Olympia - $20,000
This will be a residential community of graduate level theology and psychology interns focused on contextualized ministry in a church and neighborhood with a significant population of hungry and unsheltered folks. This ministry will host experiential learning ventures in a diverse, urban and rapidly changing environment. Their ministries will be focused on the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; the congregation reflects the significant diversity of the neighborhood in income, ethnic make-up and age. Their meals program “Edible Hope” offers ministry with their non-white neighbors, of all ages. Their resident interns serve as a bridge between the worlds of residents and the worlds of the homeless.

Between the Ridges, Diocese of Spokane - $20,000
Between the Ridges will coordinate a new monthly worship service at Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter in Wapato, WA on the Yakima Reservation in central Washington. This new worship service will be shepherded by Episcopal volunteers, as well as a diversity of ecumenical partners who support Noah's Ark, with the goal of developing leadership among the homeless. These leaders in formation will become the core of the worshipping community. Radical hospitality - a central value of Noah's Ark Homeless Shelter - will help to shape the liturgy which will evolve through reflection on their practice, over time. They seek to reimagine a worshipping community that moves beyond the privileged welcoming people to "our" community, to forming a new community on the margins, in which we all together receive the welcome of Jesus.

The Center for Mission and Ministry at St. Paul’s, Diocese of Kansas - $20,000
The Center for Mission and Ministry will be a dynamic association of ministries united under one roof, sharing a common vision, congruent values, and practical resources to holistically engage their neighbors in body, mind, and spirit. This Kansas City ministry unites three Episcopal institutions in one location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a 160-year-old Episcopal parish providing opportunities in English and Spanish for Christian formation, worship and service; Episcopal Community Services, leading hunger relief and anti-poverty efforts for the Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Kansas and West Missouri; and St. Francis Community Services, dedicated to the needs of children, youth and families through advocacy, programs, and services. This strategic partnership will offer worship in English and Spanish, a co-operative food pantry, daily meal service integrating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle protocols, nutrition and cooking classes, a community garden, a Youth After-School Program incorporating life and job skills training, Yoga, ESL, Zumba, and 12-step programs.

Franklinton Cycleworks, Diocese of Southern Ohio - $20,000
Franklinton Cycleworks (FCW) was born in response to a material need within the community of Franklinton, OH as well as a shared longing for connectedness. The leaders are helping people overcome transportation barriers by helping them fix and maintain their bicycles; teaching bike maintenance skills in the process. Many of the shop patrons have become volunteers themselves and now assist and teach others. While many of their patrons and volunteers are residents of Franklinton (a downtown neighborhood of Columbus, OH), others come from elsewhere and from different backgrounds. It's therefore not uncommon to see a homeless man teach a middle-class college student how to fix a flat or a jobless addict be greeted by a business CEO with dignity and respect. FCW seeks to nourish this growing sense of community and fully live into their calling as a sacred front porch or Third Place for the neighborhood.

Proyecto para una panadería y pastelería, Diocese of Ecuador - $20,000
This new ministry will offer healing and hope to their community by founding a bakery at the back of their church. They will sell a variety of baked goods and other products but they will freely share the Gospel. As bread is a dietary staple in the Ecuadoran diet and as good bread is in great demand, this initiative will also offer work for the young people and women attending the church as well as those yet unemployed. Many of these families had to move from Emeraldas to this Guayaquil neighborhood, following the earthquake and the destruction of their homes in April 2016.

Discernment grants (offered to assist with the costs of developing a solid ministry plan that we might fund in the next triennium)
Two new Latino Hispanic Church Starts, Diocese of Dallas – $5,000
This is to discern the possibility of two Latino Hispanic church plants in the Diocese of Dallas.

Christ Church Bayfield, Diocese of Eau Claire - $3,000
This is an opportunity to partner with the Diocese of Eau Claire and with Native American Ministries. This discernment grant is to assist with the assessment, training, and coaching of leadership in the re-start of a church in Bayfield, WI adjacent to the Redcliffe Reservation.

Diocese of Newark - $5000 discernment grant
In support of the Diocese of Newark as they plan to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Olympia - $3000 discernment grant

In support the Diocese of Olympia as it plans to develop a new faith community. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new church start.

Diocese of Iowa - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Iowa as it develops a new faith community focused on racial reconciliation. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

Diocese of Arkansas - $5000 discernment grant

In support of the Diocese of Arkansas as they plant a new church focused on local food and farming. We intend for this grant to offset the costs of training and consulting for the leaders of this new initiative.

For more information contact Brackett.

At its October 2016 meeting, Executive Council approved the first round of grants totaling $1,797,000 for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, funding 34 new communities and initiatives.

 

At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church. The grants for church planting and

Eight grants, totaling $69,400, have been awarded in the first round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its February meeting.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle, Diocese of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN to develop an online repository of sermon starters, sample sermons and ideas for creation care themed preaching: $5,000.
  • Charis Community at Grace Church, Charlottesville VA to support a young adult intentional community’s permaculture best practices initiative which invites community and nearby churches into sacred appreciation of the land: $7400.
  • St. Mark’s Church, San Marcos, TX to develop a pilot Water-Spirit-Wisdom program around the estuary to the San Antonio Bay for local congregations. The pilot program will be tested and revised for broad based sharing around the church: $10,000.
  • Honore Farm and Mill, Larkspur, CA, expand the Farm to Altar program to a new location for the growing of and stone milling of organic heirloom wheat for environmental education through communion bread baking: $10,000
  • The Abundant Table, Ventura, CA, to expand the Eco-Spanish Language Bible and Book study for farmworkers, develop the Eco-farm church for young families and youth groups: $10,000.
  • Iowa Creation Stewards, Diocese of Iowa, to develop four regional working groups organized around watersheds to cultivate land, develop worship materials and lead forums on faith and the land: $10,000.
  • Episcopal Church in New Hampshire, to support for a 40 day spiritual journeys of renewal and restoration via canoes and kayaks along the Connecticut River involving all the New England dioceses. Worship materials, rituals and prayers will be shared broadly around the church for others to replicate: $7000
  • Diocese of Haiti, Centre Agriculture, to develop a drip-irrigation use system as a practical need for orchards and field crops. Use as a model of water conversation for other communities and congregations who will learn about the system: $10,000

The Advisory Council was created by General Convention 2015, enabled by Resolution A030,  and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Twenty applications were received in the first round. Applicants whose requests were not funded are eligible to revise and re-submit their requests in the second round of funding, which is open now.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; Jayce Hafner, staff liaison.

 

 

Eight grants, totaling $69,400, have been awarded in the first round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its February meeting. Grants were awarded

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church.

Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation, or community college/tribal college/university campus that is currently engaging or seeking a new relationship with young adults on and off college campuses.

Grants are for the 2017-18 academic year.  A total of $128,000 is available for this cycle, with a total of $400,000 available this triennium.

Information, application guidelines and other important data are located here.

The application is available here.

Deadline for submitting grants is April 10 by 10 pm Eastern.

There are three categories of grants:

Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $20,000-$30,000 and can be used over a two-year period.

Campus Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants will range from $3,000-$5,000.

Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative young adult ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants range from $3,000-$5,000.

Preference in selection will be given to projects that:

  • are collaborative and bring members of the community together.
  • bring new learning into a community.
  • prepare young adults for leadership and/or provide training for young adults.
  • reach those who are traditionally least likely to seek out a campus ministry or other Episcopal young adult ministry.
  • address the priorities of General Convention.
  • promote reconciliation, evangelism or environmental stewardship.

Ministers in charge of ministry grants are expected to attend any churchwide gatherings of campus or young adult ministers sponsored by the Episcopal Church during the term of the grant. The Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is slated for June 25-28 in Austin, Texas.

For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministry or Valerie Harris, Formation Associate.

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church. Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese,

Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to the Episcopal Church.  The scholarships assist students who are mostly enrolled in theological education and training.

Scholarships are available for educational training for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other groups covering a wide range of eligibility.

Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre, Episcopal Church Director of Investment Management and Banking, explained that the scholarship amounts vary according to the availability of payouts from the funds.  The maximum is $10,000.

The lists of trust funds and scholarships as well as key information are here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile.

Among the requirements for applying for the scholarships are that the applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

The application form is available in English here and in Spanish here.

Online applications are required. Deadline for applications is March 31.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee composed of representatives from the Episcopal Church Executive Council, the church-at-large, the treasurer’s office and various other ministries of the Episcopal Church.

For information, contact Ann Hercules, Associate for Grants and Scholarships. 

 

 

Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from the Episcopal Church for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to

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