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Nineteen dioceses receive $1,000 grants to fund Jubilee Ministry initiatives

April 13, 2011
Nineteen dioceses applied for and received $1,000 Jubilee Ministry development grants during the last round of grant funding.


“Every diocese that applied got a grant,” said Chris Johnson, program officer for Social and Economic Justice. “I’m just sorry that more dioceses didn’t send in applications. We had set aside enough funding to fill 50 such grant requests. When so few applied, we transferred the remaining funds into other grant categories,” he said.


To receive the $1,000 grants, dioceses simply had to submit a one-paragraph proposal for how they would use the funds to further the work of Jubilee, then obtain the signature of the bishop. The proposals range from reimbursing travel expenses to hosting Jubilee education workshops for church leaders to expanding some successful programs housed at Jubilee centers.


Johnson hopes that by seeing what others are doing to promote their diocesan Jubilee work, dioceses that didn’t apply this year may get ideas for the future. Here’s a breakdown of what grant-winning dioceses propose to do in 2011:


v The Diocese of Western Michigan (Cindy Nawrocki, DJO) will use its grant to benefit a program for homeless women and those in shelters, and a program to provide free breakfast every Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. St. Mark’s is the newest of the diocese’s 11 Jubilee Ministries, and Nawrocki hopes that this will encourage other parishes to seek recognition as Jubilee Ministries. “One of the issues with involving parishes in the network is their reticence regarding how they will benefit,” Nawrocki said. “We want to be able to show the financial benefit to this partnership.”


v The Diocese of Arizona (Evie Smith, DJO) will host an “Outreach Ministry Summit” in September, a project jointly developed by Jubilee and the Board of Episcopal Community Services in hopes of empowering congregations and agencies to do more. “The intent is to seek a delegation of clergy and lay persons from each parish to develop plans to build the visibility of current Jubilee Ministries and parish-based outreach ministries, to increase the number of Jubilee Ministries by 20 percent in 2011, and to expand diocesan support of outreach ministries to those in need,” Smith said.


v The Diocese of South Dakota (Randy Barnhardt, DJO) is launching a model youth program on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Indian reservations. The program will be led by a Lakota deacon who will work with the mission priest and elders in addressing issues plaguing young people on the reservations, including substance abuse, suicide, poverty, unemployment rates reaching 70 percent, dropout rates reaching 75 percent, racism and obesity. The $1,000 will be used to leverage another $1,000 matching grant.


v The Diocese of Pittsburgh (Bill Farra, DJO) is geographically divided into east and west population centers, with the western half primarily urban and the eastern half primarily rural. The attitudes and lifestyles of the two halves are dramatically different. “A single youth ministry at the diocesan level is not viable or even particularly desirable at this point in the process of revitalization,” Farra said. But Coal Country Hangout Youth Center, centrally located between northern and southern ends of the diocese, is well-positioned to function as a center for diocesan youth ministry, and the $1,000 grant will be used to provide supplemental funding for staff.


v The Diocese of West Texas (Bette Boyd, DJO) is also concentrating on youth. The diocesan-run Good Samaritan Community Services recently opened a Youth Development Services program in the town of Pharr, one of the state’s most impoverished areas. The goal of Pharr Out Kids is to provide health and nutrition education, tutoring, mentoring and asset development classes for 125 disadvantaged youth.


v The Diocese of Dallas (Rosemary Trei, DJO) will use the grant to help existing Jubilee Ministries expand their work, particularly among young people, and to publicize the work of Jubilee throughout all the congregations in the diocese.


v The Diocese of Southwest Florida (Dennis McManis, DJO) will fund weekly parenting classes for the parents of children who attend Cornerstone Kids Inc., a ministry of Tampa’s St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church to reach at-risk inner city children.


v The Diocese of Connecticut (no current DJO) will use its grant money to enhance the tutoring program at St. John’s Jubilee Center in Waterbury. The program, staffed by volunteers from the parish, helps at-risk Hispanic children to gain the reading and math skills they need to graduate from high school. Currently, 40 percent of Waterbury’s Hispanic students drop out.


v The Diocese of Maine (Heidi Shott, DJO) has found that specialized training is needed for the unique ministries of its Jubilee centers. “We would use the grant to offer training to our current Jubilee sites with the understanding that they would then train future sites,” Shott said. Training topics will include a legal/liability primer, conflict intervention and management, grant research and writing, and program evaluation and review.


v The Diocese of New Jersey (Clara Gregory, DJO) will host three half-day workshops in the northern, central and southern parts of the diocese at parishes with Jubilee centers. Diocesan leaders will be invited to learn about the biblical foundation of the Year of Jubilee, the Jubilee Ministry mandate, the functions of Jubilee Ministry and the criteria for Jubilee Ministry recognition.


v The Diocese of Iowa (Leslee Sandberg, DJO) will use the funds to reimburse Sandberg for travel to churches than are considering Jubilee Ministry application and to visit existing centers. The funds will also help defray the costs of a planned Jubilee Gathering for Province VI sometime in 2011.


v The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas (Allen Ohlstein, DJO) will designate its grant to provide one or two smaller grants to support the expansion of Jubilee Ministries into rural areas of the diocese.


v The Diocese of Colorado (Becky Jones, DJO) will use its grant to provide a stipend for a student from Iliff School of Theology in Denver to work as an intern with Jubilee Ministries 15 hours a week during the spring term. The intern, Linda Brown, is a diaconal postulant from the diocese. During her internship, she will work on a variety of fronts to learn about and promote Jubilee Ministry in the diocese, including participating in advocacy work at the Colorado General Assembly, visiting the diocese’s Jubilee Ministries, writing stories for the diocesan newspaper and providing content for the Colorado Jubilee Ministry website.


v The Diocese of Washington (John G. Miers, DJO) will use the funds to allow Miers to travel to various Jubilee-related meetings as well as to travel within the diocese to Jubilee centers and potential centers.


v The Diocese of Alabama (Steve Shanks, DJO) has expanded its network of beans-and-rice feeding ministries from one small parish five years ago to 10 parishes and one campus ministry today. (This ministry was featured in an earlier edition of Jubilate.) The ministries anticipate distributing 45 tons of food during 2011. The grant will be used for a networking conference for current and interested participants to share more effective practices and to provide seed supplies as well as site visits and encouragement to developing ministries.


v The Diocese of Chicago (Phillip Mantle, DJO) will use the funds to support travel within the diocese and to maintain its three yearly network meetings. “We normally have around 24 persons attending, however in 2011 we are inviting an additional seven agencies and parishes to meet with us, and we have one new center signing on for Jubilee status,” Mantle said.


v The Diocese of Long Island (Lorraine Cusick, DJO) will conduct four workshops – one in each archdeaconry – to educate parish leadership in the identification of programs and initiatives that are responsive to local poverty-related issues.


v The Episcopal Church in Navajoland has committed itself to hosting a White Bison “wellbriety” conference during the coming year. The primary goal for the diocese is ministry development. “But our ECN Council has recognized that in order for this ministry development training to take hold, we require simultaneous healing of memories and relationships in all our communities, in which such as that experienced by our members who attended recent training at the White Bison conference in Minnesota in the fall of 2010,” said the Rt. Rev. David Bailey, bishop.


v The Diocese of Wyoming (Mary Ellen Honsaker, DJO) will use part of the funds for travel within the far-flung diocese, part for mailing Jubilee brochures and bookmarks to all its churches, and for travel to a regional gathering of deacons to recruit hands-on help. And if there’s enough left over, the diocese will help pay for new signage for newly accepted Jubilee Ministry centers.


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