EES News

Press Play With God: Video Game Chaplaincy

Nelson Mendoza  is developing an online pastoral presence with video gamers on the platform Mixer. He holds regular office hours, wearing his collar, and converses with players and takes prayer requests. He originally intended to reinforce his presence in-person at two gamer conferences in Texas; he attended one but the second was cancelled due to the … Read More »

My Story, My Song

The Rev. Terry Pierce convened a group of women veterans and facilitated a program of storytelling and songwriting, as a way to open space for God to speak to their lives. She worked in partnership with singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, who performs one of the songs here. Pierce reflects that her grant work caused her to … Read More »

Esfuerzo Escuela Norman (“The Norman School Effort”)

Jim Harrington used an EES grant to engage and organize Austin’s eastside Hispanic community around preventing the closure of the neighborhood elementary school, Escuela Norman, and to identify leaders and establish a missional community following the Communidades de Base model from Latin American liberation theology. The missional community is Proyecto Santiago, out of St. James Episcopal … Read More »

Empowering Women in the Diocese of Western Tanganyika

The Rev. Emmanuel Bwatta has preached, led seminars, Bible studies, met with church leaders, government officials, and individual men and women to explore the treatment of women in society and in the church. In three months’ time he attended over twenty events and connected with more than 1,400 individuals. He reports that many people with whom … Read More »

Prison Reform in Liberia

The Rev. Terry Quoi is continuing his 2016 grant work for prison reform in Liberia. He is expanding his scope, from improving prison conditions for inmates to engaging church and community leaders in transforming the criminal justice culture from a punitive system to a rehabilitative system. His work was initially delayed in summer ’17 by the … Read More »

God’s Love and the LGBT+ Community

The Rev. Dr. Gavin Shumate convened “God’s Love and the LGBT+ Community,” a summit for PFLAG members and the welcoming Episcopal Churches of the Diocese of Oregon to facilitate discussion, mutual community, and commitment to justice. The summit was held in July ‘17 at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Salem, OR for 200 attendees. The conference … Read More »

New HOPE Center Worshipping Community

Stephen Lane’s vision is to lay the foundation for a 12-step based worshipping community at the HOPE Center in Western New York. His grant work included studying best practices on the Bexley Seabury “Learning from London” course, and then convening a Visioning Summit to develop a mission plan. The Visioning Summit, held in November ’17, … Read More »

American Latino Evangelism Outreach (ALEO)

The Rev. Al Rodriguez has worked for years to develop ALEO, as an Episcopal Church Fellow and in partnership with Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church, while serving as interim Director of the Hispanic Church Studies Program at the Seminary of the Southwest. ALEO is an outreach ministry  to 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation US-born … Read More »

Evangelical Prison Ministry in Liberia

The Rev. Terry Quoi has developed a prison ministry with the incarcerated in Liberia. He trained and supported a team of prison chaplains, whose work continues. His vision is to teach those in prison how to pray, and how to build a relationship with God, and to invite them to think of God as one … Read More »

Dementia Ministry

Dr. Janice Hicks is tapping into a widespread need in parishes for resources to support ministry with people with dementia, their families, caregivers and community groups. Hicks’ initial research involved exploring the Dementia Friendly Church movement in the UK. Visiting in early summer 2016, she interviewed several leaders in the movement (see photos, below). She built … Read More »