2022 Constable Fund Grants
Resolved, That the Executive Council, meeting April 20-23, 2022 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, approve and authorize the following Constable Fund Grants, as recommended by the Constable Fund Grant Review Committee and recommended by the Joint Standing Committee on Mission Within The Episcopal Church. The 5 grants listed below total $228,500.00.
The distribution of the grants is subject to the full payment of the 2021 diocesan assessment or granted diocesan waiver.
Diocese of Cuba, Province II, Formation, Christian Education and Discipleship, $36,500.00
In the next three years the Episcopal Church in Cuba (ECC) will seek to strengthen Christian education at all levels - leaders and communities - which means formation and active discipleship for the members of the communities throughout the Diocese.
Staff: Faith Formation, Building Diversity in Youth and Young Adults, $60,000.00
The Department of Faith Formation needs to hire a consultant to help intentionally shape our diversity work and engagement with young people. This consultant would be charged to help us strengthen relationships, cultivate young people's ministry ideas, and identify allies across the church through networking, relationship building, and creating communities of practice. This would include helping the staff and planning teams develop, implement, and continually iterate an intentional plan for expanding our diversity of presenters, speakers, preachers, adult mentors, musicians, youth, design team members, young adult event team members, and local volunteers.
Staff: Office of the Presiding Bishop / Convocation of Europe – Adult Education, $20,000.00
This proposal to the Constable Grant program requests $20,000 to support both a planning phase (in 2022) and a pilot year (in 2023) of a week-long "Anglican Summer Session in Europe." As detailed in the narrative … and in the supporting documentation submitted with this grant, this initiative arises from both an apologetic inspiration and from a desire to find constructive ways of facilitating areas of collaboration among the Anglican Communion provinces present together on the continent of Europe.
Staff: Office of Evangelism, Field Days: Creation-Care Formation Encounters from Good News Gardens, $62,000.00
Field Days is a series of Creation Care themed-formation encounters (both in-person and online) with evangelistic and justice implications. Springing from the popular Good News Gardens program. The goal of Field Days' pilgrimages, retreats, one-day encounters, and online community is to help people deepen their relationship with God, their baptismal identity, and their kinship with all of Creation.
Province I: Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, Connecticutt, Trinity Spirtual Center, $50,000.00
Trinity Spiritual Center represents a unique opportunity for the Constable Fund to participate in the co-creation of an intentional community that offers a new model of education specifically geared towards the fastest-growing segment of spiritual seekers in the US: nones. It has the additional benefit of responding to the deep desire of congregants within the Episcopal fold looking for new (and old) ways of encountering the divine as they build community.