Episcopal Church Stands Against Christian Nationalism, Commits to Deradicalization

At the meeting of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council held last weekend, House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings addressed the church’s responsibility to stand against Christian nationalism.
“The use of Christianity to advance white supremacist extremism did not begin in 2016, and it did not end at noon on Wednesday. This violent and exclusionary movement is on the rise in the United States, and those of us who believe that God is calling us toward a very different vision, toward the Beloved Community, have a special responsibility to stand against it. If we will not tell the world that it is not Christianity, then who will?” Read her remarks.


At the meeting, Executive Council passed a resolution that reaffirms the church’s rejection of white supremacy, acknowledges the church’s past complicity with racist systems and asks the Office of Government Relations and the Office for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations to develop a plan for the Episcopal Church’s holistic response to Christian nationalism and violent white supremacy, and report its progress to the next meeting of Executive Council. Read more from Episcopal News Service.

Share God’s Expansive Love: 2021 Pledge Campaign

Dear Friends:

2020 has been a year beyond our imagination — unlike anything we have seen or could have imagined. The same can be said about God’s never-ending love. It also describes our ability as a parish to make God’s world a better place for all of God’s people.

During the last pandemic, our newly constructed Marvin Parish House was used for “a large work” by the Red Cross. Just over 100 years later, during the current pandemic, that same building continues to be a center for our community sharing God’s bounty through our Friendly Closet, Friendly Pantry and Dinner on Us ministries.

There are other parallels. Nearly 100 years ago, our parish struggled with significant budget deficits resulting from decreased pledges caused by deaths, economic hardship, etc. In recent years, while deaths, relocations and economic hardships have caused us to lose some pledge income, we have also pulled together in order to address what at one time seemed in insurmountable budget deficit. The good news is that we expect to finish 2020 without a significant budget deficit. However, for us to continue that good work in 2021, we need every member of our parish to continue, and when possible increase, their level of support for our parish’s mission and ministries through our annual pledge campaign.

Just as 100 years ago, when the vestry and rector lead the way to emphasize the importance of every person’s financial commitment to the life of the parish, our vestry, fundraising committee and rector are committed to maintaining a balanced budget that allows us to continue to do God’s work in the world. We have each committed to maintain and where possible increase our own annual pledges to bring our parish closer to a sustainable balanced annual budget, and we respectfully ask for you to join us in that work.

We have faith that if everyone in our parish prayerfully considers their ability to support our parish’s mission and ministries and then makes their annual pledge, we will be able to balance our budget in 2021 and create a firm foundation for our parish’s next century.

2020 has been beyond anything that any of us could’ve imagined. With your participation, we as a parish can continue to share God’s expansive love in ways that are also beyond anything we can imagine. You can make your annual pledge online using this link. If you would prefer a paper form, please contact Jim Simon at jamesssimon@icloud.com. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions or concerns

Respectfully, 

Kevin Metz, Warden   Vicki Smith, Warden    Jim Simon, Stewardship Chair