REPUDIATING THE SIN: Anti-Racism Training for Believers
“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.
Registration: https://tinyurl.com/AntiRacismSpring2019 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish/English/ASL interpretation available on request.
Questions: Wendy Blackman (email@example.com)
[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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Applications accepted for 2019-2020 placements
Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en españo
[October 18, 2018] The Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) offers exciting opportunities to serve, learn, and share while spending a year living and working with communities around the world.
“From working as ship-visiting chaplains with the Mission to Seafarers in Hong Kong and New Zealand to teaching in church-run primary and secondary schools in Costa Rica and Tanzania or supporting the transformation of sustainable development work in the Philippines, YASC volunteers build relationships with communities around the Anglican Communion and develop global perspectives on life and faith that stay with them for a lifetime,” said Elizabeth Boe, Episcopal Church Mission Personnel Officer. “We see this ministry as a way to support young adults in leadership development as they explore their faith in new ways, engage with diverse viewpoints, and offer their gifts and skills in new contexts.”
Open to Episcopalians ages 21-30, applications are now available for 2019-2020 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps, the international missionary program of the Episcopal Church. YASC volunteers are currently serving throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, working alongside partners in administration, agriculture, communication, development, and education. They are serving with ministries in Costa Rica, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Tanzania.
Potential placements for 2019-2020 include (but are not limited to) Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Honduras, Hong Kong, Panama, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Tanzania.
The application for a 2019-2020 placement with additional information and instructions is available here.
Former YASC volunteer Jared Grant describes his YASC experience as “a completely transformative experience in every way possible. I came into the program with the pessimistic view of ‘mission work’ being something that was outdated, ill-informed, and out of touch with the Church that I knew and loved. YASC provided me the opportunity to work with and develop ministries that respect the humanity in all of us, ministries that protect the sanctity of creation, ministries that seek the crazy idea of peace in a world that seems determined to head the other way. It turned out that my idea of ‘mission work’ was the thing that was outdated, not mission work itself. I’m still proud to call myself a missionary of the Church.” Following his YASC service in Lesotho and Italy, Grant chose to explore a theological education at Virginia Theological Seminary where he is now a student.
The application deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019.
The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel, noted, "YASC builds on the foundation of faith, knowledge, education and experience that young adults bring with them when they serve and offers opportunities to be challenged and transformed by being fully present in another part of God’s world. Missionary service is first and foremost an act of faith and a way of being Church.”
For more information contact Boe.
Additional information about YASC, videos, and blogs are available at episcopalchurch.org/yasc.
Cuerpo de Servicio de Adultos Jóvenes de la Iglesia Episcopal: se aceptan solicitudes para plazas vacantes para el ciclo 2019-2020
[18 de octubre de 2018] El Cuerpo de Adultos Jóvenes de la Iglesia Episcopal (YASC, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece atractivas oportunidades para servir, aprender y compartir, por un año, viviendo y trabajando con comunidades alrededor del mundo.
“Desde trabajando como capellanes invitados en barcos como parte de la Misión para Marinos en Hong Kong y Nueva Zelanda, hasta enseñando en escuelas de primaria y secundaria dirigidas por la Iglesia en Costa Rica y Tanzania, o trabajando en apoyo de la transformación a un desarrollo sostenible en las Filipinas, los voluntarios de YASC construyen relaciones con las comunidades de la Comunión Anglicana, desarrollando perspectivas amplias sobre la vida y la fe que permanecerán con ellos toda su vida” dijo Elizabeth Boe, funcionaria encargada del Personal de Misión de la Iglesia Episcopal. “Vemos este ministerio como una manera de apoyar a los adultos jóvenes en su desarrollo del liderazgo mientras exploran su fe de maneras nuevas y se interrelacionan con personas con puntos de vista diferentes, ofreciendo sus dones y destrezas en contextos nuevos”.
Las solicitudes están abiertas, a los episcopales entre los 21 y 30 años de edad, para las plazas durante el período 2019-2020 en el Cuerpo de Servicio de Adultos Jóvenes, que es el programa misionero internacional de la Iglesia Episcopal. Los voluntarios de YASC en la actualidad sirven en todos los rincones del mundo donde está la Comunión Anglicana y trabajan junto a sus socios en las áreas de administración, agricultura, comunicación, desarrollo y educación. Estos voluntarios sirven en ministerios en Costa Rica, Inglaterra, Hong Kong, Nueva Zelanda, las Filipinas, Puerto Rico y Tanzania.
Entre las posibles asignaciones para el período 2019-2020 están (pero no se limitan a) Brasil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Inglaterra, Honduras, Panamá, las Filipinas, Sudáfrica, Taiwán y Tanzania.
La solicitud para el ciclo 2019-2020, junto con información adicional e instrucciones, está disponible aquí.
Jared Grant, quien fue voluntario de YASC, describe su experiencia en el programa como “una experiencia transformadora en todos los sentidos. Yo llegué a este programa con el punto de vista pesimista de que el 'trabajo de misión' era algo anticuado, mal informado que no estaba al corriente con la Iglesia que yo conocía y quería. YASC me dio la oportunidad de trabajar con ministerios y también desarrollar ministerios que respetan la humanidad en todos nosotros, ministerios que protegen la santidad de la creación, ministerios que buscan alcanzar esa loca idea de la paz en un mundo que parece decidido a ir en sentido contrario. Sin embargo, resultó ser que mi idea del 'trabajo misionero' era lo que estaba obsoleto y no el trabajo misionero en sí. Sigo estando orgulloso de llamarme un misionero de la Iglesia”. A partir de su servicio en YASC en Lesoto y en Italia, Grant decidió explorar la educación teológica en el Seminario Teológico de Virginia, donde ahora estudia.
La fecha límite para enviar solicitudes es el viernes 11 de enero de 2019.
El Rdo. David Copley, director de Alianzas Globales y Personal de Misión dijo que “YASC construye sobre la base de la fe, el conocimiento, la educación y la experiencia que los adultos jóvenes traen consigo cuando sirven y les ofrece la oportunidad de enfrentar retos y ser transformados al involucrarse plenamente en otro lugar del mundo de Dios. El servicio misionero es ante todo un acto de fe y una manera de actuar como Iglesia”.
Para obtener más información comuníquese con Elizabeth Boe.
Hay información adicional sobre YASC, vídeos y blogs en episcopalchurch.org/yasc.
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:
And just in case you are wondering, here is the latest!
As in previous years, Province II will consider Constable Grant applications when they become available. This will be after the new committee has been formed. Council may submit only one application endorsed by the Province. In light of the November 1st 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 in a timely fashion. This will allow Council to consider all applications. No applications submitted to Council after the stated deadline will be considered.
Hello Friends of Mons Nubifer Sanctus,
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.