You have got to give.
Never before have Episcopalians been asked to cough up their hard earned greenbacks and send them directly to the front office at 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY. In the past money was sent from each diocese at a percentage of the diocesan budget. Those budgets are getting squeezed and less money is flowing to 815. Now, for the first time, a fundraising campaign to save the sinking ship has been started. Here is how Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, explains it.
Today, I write to share some of the ways we, together as The Episcopal Church, witness to the loving, liberating, and life-giving way of Jesus Christ, and to ask for your financial support through this first Annual Appeal.
Most of the Church’s ministry is done by dioceses and local congregations and ministries, and your support of these is vitally important to the work of Jesus in the world. But there are some ministries that only can be accomplished by the entire Church working together. Here are a few examples:
Our Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of the Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. The Office serves as a public witness for the Church, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally and sharing our values. The office hosts a morning prayer service for legislators and staff, bringing Episcopalians together across the aisle to rest, pray, and listen for God’s guidance in their lives and the work they do.
Our Armed Forces and Federal Ministries support chaplains serving in the military, VA hospitals, and federal prisons. Most of this work is with people ages 18-30. Our presence brings spiritual healing and comfort to people who need to know God’s love in a troubled world.
Our Evangelism Ministries have helped Episcopalians to rethink and reclaim thesharing of the Good News. Our Episcopal Revivals campaign has trained more than 1,000 diocesan leaders to practice evangelism (in English and Spanish), welcomed more than 5,000 people to discover new and renewed life with Jesus, and gathered 200,000 participants on Facebook. This spring, we will host the second Evangelism Matters conference and launch the Beloved Community Story-Sharing Campaign, a churchwide effort to share and welcome stories of faith, race, and difference.
This Annual Appeal is intended to support ministries that can only happen when we work together as a whole Church. Why do I make this appeal now? The dioceses of our Church are generous in their giving to support churchwide ministry, and income from endowments is steady; however, the work before us requires more.
Please prayerfully read the stories in this booklet about these ministries. I hope they inspire and energize you as they do me. We will continue to share these narratives with you throughout the year.
Then I hope you will join me, House of Deputies President Gay Jennings, and the Executive Council, along with the staff of The Episcopal Church, as we launch this annual campaign to support the whole Church’s work. Your gift or pledge to the Annual Appeal will directly impact our life and witness as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
Donating to the Episcopal sect's leadership cadre is like trying to spread manure on a dead tree. You won't see any fruit, but you will get more stink.
Please consider making a gift to the Annual Appeal at any level. You can also make your gift here online, via text (Text APPEAL to 91999), or call us at (212) 716-6002.
The 2018 Annual Appeal Brochure
Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
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