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The Episcopal Church in Vermont Awards $44,000 in Grants

The Episcopal Church in Vermont Awards $44,000 in Grants

The Episcopal Church in Vermont is pleased to announce that the Grants and Loans Committee recently approved grants totaling $44,000 to support five programs. The recipients include:

St. Michael’s Missional Experiment, Brattleboro, Vermont

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, Vermont, is heading into year two of a three-year “missional experiment” in discernment, discipleship, and greater engagement with the wider community. As the Rev. Mary Lindquist, rector, explains, the initiative arose from a small group of parishioners reflecting on “what it means to follow Jesus now and in the future…and what it would mean to make an offering of this deep hope to those in our neighborhoods who have no hope.” Year one focused on building relationships within and outside the parish; creating a lay leadership team to shepherd the ministry; initiating discipleship groups; and providing training around spiritual disciplines. Year two will focus on delving deeper into discipleship training and building communities of practice, such as support for groups seeking to understand and create a Rule of Life. The grant funds will help to offset associated costs. $15,000

Cristosal Global School Introductory Seminar

The Cristosal Global School Introductory Seminar is a statewide opportunity for up to10 participants from The Episcopal Church in Vermont to study abroad the human rights work and model that has made Cristosal one of the leading human rights organizations in Central America. Participants will travel to El Salvador the week of February 17, 2019, to learn from and with Salvadorians and the staff of Cristosal, along with other participants from North America. Grant funds will be used to help offset participants’ out-of-pocket registration and travel costs. $12,000

SPY Trip to Guatemala, Burlington, Vermont

St. Paul’s Youth (SPY) is a group of 6th – 12th graders, exploring their faith through social events, social justice work, fundraising events, and an annual Mission Trip. Eleven SPY participants, including seven youth and four adult chaperones, will be traveling to Guatemala for a week in April 2019. Participants will work alongside Bob Brenneman—a St. Michael’s College professor and St. Paul’s parishioner who also happens to be a member of Central American Study and Service—to study poverty, gangs, and violence in Central America, and their connections to emigration. Grant funds, combined with the Cathedral’s fundraising efforts, will be used to provide a range of full and partial scholarships for the participants. $11,000

Jerusalem Peacebuilders Interfaith Leadership Program

Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) is an interfaith, non-profit ministry that promotes transformational encounters among the peoples of Jerusalem and the wider Middle East. In partnership with other organizations, JPB specializes in experiential education programs for youth and adults that advance peace, interfaith citizenship, and leadership. Grant funds will help to offset costs associated with JPB’s interfaith summer leadership program for Israeli, Palestinian and American teens, at JPB’s West Brattleboro, Vermont, location. Since the establishment of JPB in 2011, over 500 Israeli, Palestinian and American teens have participated in JPB programs and are now are now young leaders in university and local settings in the United States, Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Jordan. Today, JPB operates four different summer programs for youth and adults in Houston, New Haven and Brattleboro, as well as in-school programs in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa, New England and Houston. $3,500

Libros Para Los Niños, Essex, New York

As a parish under the pastoral oversight of the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of Vermont, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, New York, shares in mission and ministry with The Episcopal Church in Vermont. The parish’s Libros Para Los Niños ministry works to provide the best possible education for children in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, providing monetary support and educational tools to make this possible. Libros Para Los Niños has worked with over 20 schools in the Dominican Republic since 2007, and in 2017 began working with six schools in Haiti. This latest infusion of grant funds will be used to complete a science laboratory in the École Saint Esprit in Lascohobas, Haiti. The traveling team is currently on its twelfth trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti—from October 28 to November 3—contributing its time, talents, and resources to five Episcopal schools. $2,500

The Grants and Loans Committee considers requests from Episcopal congregations and diocesan entities within Vermont, as well as from other ministries with a strong association with the Diocese. The next application deadline is November 15. Forms and additional information can be found online at http://www.diovermont.org/grants-and-loans-committee

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