[Adapted from an Episcopal Church Public Affairs press release available here.]
Eight grants, totaling $69,400, have been awarded in the first round of grantmaking managed by the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church at its February meeting.
Four of the eight grants were provided to farm-based ministries, highlighted in bold below.
Grants were awarded to:
- Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle, Diocese of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota to develop an online repository of sermon starters, sample sermons and ideas for creation care themed preaching: $5,000.
- Charis Community at Grace Church, Charlottesville, Virginia to support a young adult intentional community’s permaculture best practices initiative which invites community and nearby churches into sacred appreciation of the land: $7400.
- St. Mark’s Church, San Marcos, Texas to develop a pilot Water-Spirit-Wisdom program around the estuary to the San Antonio Bay for local congregations. The pilot program will be tested and revised for broad-based sharing around the church: $10,000.
- Honore Farm and Mill, Larkspur, California to expand the Farm to Altar program to a new location for the growing of and stone milling of organic heirloom wheat for environmental education through communion bread baking: $10,000
- The Abundant Table, Ventura, California to expand the Eco-Spanish Language Bible and Book study for farmworkers, develop the Eco-farm church for young families and youth groups: $10,000.
- Iowa Creation Stewards, Diocese of Iowa, to develop four regional working groups organized around watersheds to cultivate land, develop worship materials and lead forums on faith and the land: $10,000.
- Episcopal Church in New Hampshire, to support for a 40 day spiritual journeys of renewal and restoration via canoes and kayaks along the Connecticut River involving all the New England dioceses. Worship materials, rituals and prayers will be shared broadly around the church for others to replicate: $7000
- Diocese of Haiti, Centre Agriculture, to develop a drip-irrigation use system as a practical need for orchards and field crops. Use as a model of water conversation for other communities and congregations who will learn about the system: $10,000
The Advisory Council was created by General Convention in 2015 via Resolution A030, and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings. Twenty grant applications were received in the first round.
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