Episcopal Church Executive Council Awards Grants to Vermont Evangelism Ministry, Global Peacebuilding Effort
The Episcopal Church Executive Council recently approved the recipients of several grant awards, including 15 Evangelism Grants, and United Thank Offering Grants for four seminarians and six young adults. Among the recipients were Green Mountain Witness, a new evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and Jack Karn, a member of St. Michael’s Brattleboro affiliated with Jerusalem Peacebuilders.
The Evangelism Grants Program exists to fund local and regional evangelism efforts. As explained in a news release by the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, Green Mountain Witness, which received a $6,000 grant, “is designed to catalyze Vermont Episcopalians to tell their faith story in the light of God’s story in friendships, work, neighborhoods and casual daily encounters.
Green Mountain Witness, a new evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, received a $6,000 grant.
“Attendance at the March 2018 Evangelism Matters conference, an evangelism keynoter and seminars at the 2018 Diocesan Convention, and follow-up workshops in congregations will be integral to the initiative. This initiative comes in the context of Vermont being among the least religiously affiliated states in the USA.”
Green Mountain Witness is co-chaired by the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, priest in partnership at St, Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Enosburg Falls, and the Rev. Liam Muller, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland. Muller is also a regular Mountain contributor, providing the monthly “Spread the Word…” evangelism column.
UTO Young Adult Grant
The theme of this year’s UTO grant cycle has been Becoming Beloved Community: Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice, and Vermonter Jack Karn was awarded $2, 500 for his project entitled, “Fostering a New Generation of Peace Builders in the Holy Land”.
Vermonter Jack Karn was awarded $2, 500 for peacebuilding efforts in the Holy Land.
Karn’s project requested support from UTO to help establish two in-school leadership and peacebuilding programs for youth and their families at Christ Anglican School of Nazareth, Israel and St. John’s Anglican School of Haifa, Israel. The programs are anticipated to run the length of the spring 2018 semester and include 14 class sessions.
How to Apply
The Episcopal Evangelism Grants program is coordinated by the Local Mission and Ministry Committee in collaboration with the Episcopal Church’s Evangelism Initiatives Team. The next deadline for evangelism grant applications is Friday, March 16 at 5 pm Eastern. Application is available on the Episcopal Evangelism page here. For more information about UTO grant opportunities visit the UTO page here https://www.episcopalchurch.org/2018-uto-grants, or contact the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, UTO Missioner.