Distinguished Women Nominations for Triennial 2024 - Information about the submission process for diocesan Distinguished Women recognition at Triennial 2024 is now avaiable - The National Board of the Episcopal Church Women is encouraging you to submit the name of a woman from your diocese whom you have identified as your Distinguished Women Nominee. All these women will be honored at the June 2024 Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Church Women in Louisville, Kentucky. Please Note: This is NOT a contest/competition to choose one national ECW Distinguished Woman. It is your opportunity as a diocese to honor an outstanding ECW member from your diocese.
Deadline for submission is January 31, 2024
More information and the Submission form can be found at: Distinguished Women Submissions
Applications open for General Convention Official Youth Presence 2024 - Episcopal teens ages 16 to 19 are invited to apply to become part of the 81st General Convention’s Official Youth Presence, a group whose members have seat and voice in the House of Deputies and can testify at hearings before and during the summer 2024 convention. The deadline to apply is Nov. 17.
(Press release in English and Spanish)
💡 One big thing: Project Phoenix ready for planting
2. TryTank, ELCA, and PCUSA partner in researching young families
3. Join us in Ohio for our first Innovation Fair
4. From TryTank: a ChatGPT and ministry class
5. Podcast: recap of our Summer episodes
6. Summer of innovation updates
7. A signal of the future: Immersive experiences at church
8. New lower pricing for YAMTR
9. From Lifelong Learning: Online course - The Good News of Church Politics
10. One fun thing: Appreciative inquiry game launched
See the UTO September Newsletter >
2022 Parochial Report Data Now Available
A message from Canon Michael Barlowe, Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Officer:
Information from the 2022 Parochial Reports are now available. I encourage you to explore the data, and the trends and insights available. New this year is information on churches founded since 2000, providing a barometer of The Episcopal Church's church-planting efforts of nearly a quarter of a century. Further analysis of the narrative questions and other data will be found on our website. I am grateful to the Rev. Dr. Molly James, Ms. Iris DiLeonardo, and the analysts who helped prepare this information for the church, and we hope it will be use widely in planning mission and ministry for the future.
You can view the data from the most recent Parochial Report on the General Convention website.
Grants - See the list here >
Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grants now available - Episcopalians are invited to consider how their community might serve young adults—on and off college campuses—and apply for an Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant for the 2024-25 academic year. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13, with decisions announced in early 2024. Applicants are encouraged to use a discernment and planning guide prior to submission. Find application forms, selection criteria, sample applications, a timeline, budget guidelines, and more at this link.
More information >
United Thank Offering invites 2024 annual grant applicants - The United Thank Offering Board is pleased to announce the availability of its 2024 UTO Annual Grants, with a focus on projects that welcome and include “the stranger.” Application deadlines are Dec. 1 for Anglican Communion partners and Jan. 19 for dioceses of The Episcopal Church. More information >
Introducing ECF’s Adaptive Ministries
ECF is excited to launch a new program area: Adaptive Ministries. Previously known as Leadership Resources, Adaptive Ministries recognizes that congregational vitality and sustainability are contextual and require varying approaches specific to each local community. Adaptive Ministries will help equip, resource, and inspire congregations to discover what God is calling them to be in a changing church and world. This new program area is designed to be a more flexible and inter-connected web of programs, resources, and collaborations than previous structures. “I am excited about promoting new ministry models that enhance the church’s ability to effectively engage in God’s mission in the world,” said Donald V. Romanik, President of ECF, “We hope that Adaptive Ministries will help vitalize local faith communities within their own context and help build effective partnerships and collaborations.” Read more here.
Episcopal Asset Map
Churches and other ministry locations should update their information on the asset map