[March 15, 2019] In 2015, the United Thank Offering (UTO) (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/united-thank-offering) Board began an internship program for young women, named for the organization’s founder, Julia Chester Emery. This program supports the work of UTO in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. UTO is now seeking a fourth Julia Chester Emery intern for 2019-2020.
The internship will be in conjunction with Jasmine Road, a Thistle Farms Affiliate, in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Jasmine Road exists to offer women who are trapped in a cycle of sexual exploitation and addiction a path to freedom, a haven for healing, and the opportunity to flourish, leading to generational change and the betterment of the Greenville community. Modeled after Thistle Farms (https://thistlefarms.org/pages/our-mission), Jasmine Road offers a transformative two-year residential program with an innovative social enterprise component.
“Jasmine Road is an example of what can happen when God’s people work together to participate in God’s mission,” says the Rev. Canon Alan Bentrup, canon for evangelism and mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. “We are excited to partner with UTO and Jasmine Road on this opportunity.”
Sherri Dietrich, UTO board president notes, "The UTO Board has benefited so much from working with our interns—their energy, interest, and perspectives enliven our discussions and keep us ever mindful of the future of our work. We are eager to meet our next intern, to teach and learn from her, and to work with her and Jasmine Road, a UTO Grant Site."
“We are so excited about this partnership with UTO as it provides much needed operational support as we continue to grow and expand our residential program and social enterprise,” states Beth Messick, Executive Director, Jasmine Road. “We also feel it will be transformative not just in the lives of our residents but also for our intern. Together they will experience relationship and community and this truly is the heart of our rooted in love Jasmine Road community.”
For the 2019-2020 internship year, in addition to work with Jasmine Road, the intern will participate in the UTO Pilgrimage to Spain in October, represent UTO as support staff for The Episcopal Church delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City in March, attend one of the Thistle Farms Training Conferences, join UTO Board Meetings or events planned during the year, and travel to speak at public events regarding work with UTO.
Applicants need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team. Applicants need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The internship begins on September 20, 2019 and includes: housing at Vista House (http://www.faithreasontomfoolery.org/vistahouse), travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring.
The intern will need their own vehicle for local travel in South Carolina, a current passport, a personal laptop and insurance.
More information, applications and instructions are available here (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/united-thank-offering).
Applications are due June 1, 2019 to the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, staff officer for the United Thank Offering, email@example.com.
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities. Applications are due May 1.
Apply for National Fund for Sacred Places by May 1
Grant Funding for Sacred Places
From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful buildings within our communities. Apply for a grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage.
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities.
In the face of changing demographics and inadequate resources now is the time to support these structures that have played a critical role in shaping the character of our communities.
Congregations are urged to submit their letter of intent by May 1 for the Fund for Sacred Places for projects such as:
Visit www.FundforSacredPlaces.org for more details, including eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application.
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in collaboration with Partners for Sacred Places.
Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to The Episcopal Church. A number of these scholarships support students enrolled in theological education and training.
Other trust funds provide modest scholarships for children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other groups covering a wide range of eligibility. When funds are available, the maximum award is $10,000 per student.
Lists of trust funds and scholarships and other important information can be found here(https://www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal-church-education-scholarships).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile.
A scholarship applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.
The application form is available in English here (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal-church-education-scholarships) and in Spanish here (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal-church-education-scholarships).
Online applications are required. Deadline for applications is April 5. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.