The Way of Love: with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry launched on June 9, 2019
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As in previous years, Province II will consider Constable Grant applications. Council may submit only one application endorsed by the Province. In light of the August 30th deadline for Provincial Council to submit its endorsed application, for an application to Council to be considered it must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30, 2019. This will allow Council to consider all applications. No applications submitted to Council after the stated deadline will be considered. Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español
Application process now open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants Application Deadline: August 30, 2019
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 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2018 Constable Grants ranged from $17,000 to $71,000 for a total amount of $200,000 distributed among six grant recipients.
Applications can be submitted by: (1) one of the Provinces of The Episcopal Church; (2) one of the interim bodies of General Convention; or (3) a program office of The Episcopal Church.
For the purposes of the Constable Fund, Religious Education is defined as follows: Religious education forms Christians for active service through a process of critical reflection on the events of daily life in light of the Gospel. It is also a procedure by which we examine and reflect on how faithfully we engage in that service and in formation. By learning to see more clearly God’s living presence in the world— Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—a Christian is prepared for Christ-like, loving service to God, neighbor, and all creation. (Adapted from “Called to Teach and Learn, a catechetical guide for The Episcopal Church”.)
Deadline for applications is August 30, 2019. Grants will be reviewed by the Executive Council's Constable Fund Grant Review Committee, and its recommendations will be submitted for review to the Executive Council's Joint Standing Committee for Mission Within The Episcopal Church and then to the Executive Council for action. Recipients will be notified after the Executive Council takes final action on the grant recommendations.
Named for Ms. Constable The Constable Grants are named for Ms. Marie Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist. In 1935, during the Great Depression, Ms. 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 Ms. Constable’s will provides 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.”
El proceso de solicitud para las subvenciones del fondo Constable de La Iglesia Episcopal ya ha abierto
Fecha límite de solicitud: 30 de agostode 2019
Como en años anteriores, la Provincia II considerará las solicitudes de la Beca Constable.El Consejo podrá presentar una sola solicitud avalada por la Provincia.A la luz de la fecha límite del 30 de agosto para que el Consejo Provincial envíe su solicitud respaldada, para que una solicitud sea considerada por el Consejo, debe enviarse por correo electrónico a email@example.com antes del 30 de julio de 2019. Esto permitirá que el Consejo consideretodas las aplicaciones.No se considerarán solicitudes presentadas al Consejo después de la fecha límite establecida.
El fondo Constable otorga subvenciones para financiar iniciativas de misión que no fueron incluidas en el presupuesto de La Iglesia Episcopal, según fue aprobado por la Convención General de 2018, con una manifestada predilección por las obras en áreas de educación religiosa. En 2018, las subvenciones Constable oscilaron entre $ 17,000 y $71,000 por un monto total de $200,000 distribuidos entre seis beneficiarios de subvenciones.
Se puede presentar solicitudes a través de: (1) una de las Provincias de La Iglesia Episcopal; (2) uno de los órganos interinos de la Convención General; o (3) una oficina programa de La Iglesia Episcopal.
Para los propósitos del fondo Constable, la educación religiosa se define de la siguiente manera: La educación religiosa forma a los cristianos para un servicio activo a través de un proceso de reflexión crítica sobre los eventos de la vida diaria a la luz del Evangelio. También es un procedimiento mediante el cual examinamos y reflexionamos sobre cuán fielmente nos comprometemos en ese servicio y a la formación. Al aprender a ver más claramente la presencia viva de Dios en el mundo, Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo, un cristiano está preparado para un servicio amoroso a Dios, al prójimo y a toda la creación, semejante a Cristo. (Adaptado de "Llamado a enseñar y aprender, una guía catequética para La Iglesia Episcopal".)
La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 30 de agostode 2019. Las subvenciones serán revisadas por el Comité del Consejo Ejecutivo para Revisión de la Subvención del Fondo Constable, cuyas recomendaciones se le presentarán para su revisión al Comité Permanente Conjunto del Consejo Ejecutivo para la Misión Dentro de La Iglesia Episcopal y luego al Consejo Ejecutivo para que tome medidas. Se les notificará a los beneficiarios una vez que el Consejo Ejecutivo tome una decisión final sobre las recomendaciones de la subvención.
Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la Sra. Ann Hercules, asociada para el Ministerio Fuera de La Iglesia Episcopal y subvenciones, firstname.lastname@example.org, o con el Sr. George Wing, presidente del Comité de Revisión de la Subvención del Fondo Constable, email@example.com.
Llamado así por la Sra. Constable La Subvención Constable lleva el nombre de la Sra. Marie Louise Constable, quien fue una filántropa visionaria. En 1935, durante la Gran Depresión, la Sra. Constable hizo una donación monetaria a La Iglesia Episcopal para establecer el Fondo Constable. Su deseo e intención de contribuir periódicamente al fondo durante su vida se realizó y culminó con una última donación muy generosa al momento de su muerte en 1951. El texto del testamento de la Sra. Constable establece que el fondo existe "a perpetuidad ... para aplicar el ingreso neto para con los fines de la Sociedad, preferiblemente para con las obras de educación religiosa fueron incluidas en el presupuesto de la Sociedad”.
REPUDIATING THE SIN: Anti-Racism Training for Believers (flyer)
“Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and the people and the king that they should be the Lord’s people.” (2 Chronicles 23:16)
We say to ourselves, “Why do I have to worry about racism?I am a good person: I work in the Soup Kitchen; I give money for overseas mission; I do not hurt or insult anyone; I see all as God’s people.” As believers, however, we suspect that doing good and not being like “those others” may not be enough. We know that discipleship means honesty with ourselves and others about sin – including the sin of racism. There must be more!
The NJ Diocese’s Anti-racism Commission invites you to join in a concentrated, inter-active multi-day learning, praying and self-examining session in which you will struggle with other believers who want to eradicate the sin of racism in the Church and in the world. How can we live out our call to be the Lord’s holy people? In what concrete ways could we witness to the life of God’s Kingdom in our time and in our place?
The NJ Diocese’s Anti-Racism Commission’s Spring Training requires two and a half days of your concentrated commitment: Friday evening May 3rd, Saturday May 4th and Saturday May 11th. The Facilitators of the Training are a panel of committed Believers who have been actively working to eradicate the sin of racism for many years.
All sessions will be hosted by the good people of All Saints Episcopal Church Scotch Plains, NJ.The cost, including all meals, is $50.00 for NJ Diocese Congregants; $250.00 for others. Hotel reservations are double occupancy, with details at registration.
[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.
This year the Episcopal Communicators’ annual conference was held at Kanuga, NC. It was a wonderful conference with many informative sessions, include Design for Non-designers by Province II’s Jonathan Elliot (NJ). The keynote speaker was Diana Butler Bass. She is a noted author and scholar with a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University. Her latest books are Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (2015) and Grateful—The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, which was published this spring. One of the highlights of the annual conference is the Polly Bond Award ceremony. This year’s awards included Denise Fillion (LI), Kirk Peterson (Newark), and Sonja Slother (WNY). The list of all of these awards is here: http://www.episcopalcommunicators.org/Polly-Bond-Award-Winners and does not require member sign-in. Episcopal Communicators is a wonderful resource for anyone doing communication at any level in the church. Many of the presentations made at last month’s 2018 Episcopal Communicators conference are available in the Resource Library of Episcopal Communicators website http://www.episcopalcommunicators.org/. You must log in to access them, but here are the topics:
Website best practices
Creating a communications strategy
Photography (including Lightroom/Photoshop)
Strategy for email messages (diocese, parish, organization)
Crisis communications in action (diocese, plus others interested)
Episcopal Asset Map (diocese)
Google analytics and SEO (diocese, parish, organization)
Communication as Formation: getting formation leaders to communicate and communications leaders to form (parishes)
Photos for social media
iPhone videos (diocese, parish, organization)
Social media as tools for evangelism (diocese, parish, organization)
Design for non-designers (diocese, parish, organization)
Creating a visual identity (diocese, parish, organization)
Finding and telling stories (diocese, parish, organization)
Editing writing by others or yourself (diocese, parish, organization)
The church in the public square (parish, diocese)
And just in case you are wondering, here is the latest!
We’ve started to publish blog articles that deal with the contemplative Christian life. Our first offering is entitled, God’s Vision for Us is Our Vision of God.
A Google search on “the vision of God” yields much. Many of the articles and essays of this yield are about God’s vision for us. For an example, we are offered steps to help us find out what God’s vision is for our life. Others offer motivational words about how vision enables us to achieve great things. Vision of the gold medal enables an Olympic athlete to endure the hardships and monotony of long years of training; vision gives us purpose and direction in life. Hence, if we knew what God’s vision was for us, then we would be empowered to achieve it. Predictably, we’re told that God wants us to achieve great things. In classical Christian theology, when speaking of “the vision of God” we are generally not referring to what God’s vision (we might just say “will”) is for our lives. …Read more.