EES News

The Prison Penpal Project

Meghan Mazur envisioned a COVID-safe penpal ministry between seminarians at the School of Theology (Sewanee) and incarcerated persons. At the time of her proposal (Fall 2020), the Sewanee community was completely isolated in pandemic, and she dreamed of both sharing God’s love with a population that is often overlooked by the Church and expanding seminarians’ … Read More »

Social Justice Witnesses

Kaitlin Reece co-chairs Balancing the Scales of Justice, a task force in the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, that focuses on developing faithful witness to reform in the legal system. Reece used an EES Spot Grant in summer ’20 to develop “Write for Rights,” an online training for individuals to write letters to the editor (LTEs) … Read More »

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 »

Mindfulness for Mamas

“Mindfulness for Mamas”  is an emergent Christian community that seeks to embody Christ’s love for those seeking connection in the Jackson, WY area. They developed a successful pilot with support from St. John’s Episcopal Church, and will expand and deepen their reach in Jackson, WY through a website, coaching, and childcare and site rental for gatherings. … Read More »

Leveraging Chaplaincy Skills for Congregational Evangelism

Sam Sheridan and Stacy Williams-Duncan are developing resources in the form of podcasts, videos, and printable material designed for congregations to learn from the pastoral and evangelical insights of Episcopal chaplains. A website is under development to make the resources widely available.

Creative Arts Project @AllSoulsChurchHarlem

Lisha Epperson coordinated a five-week children’s arts program at All Souls Episcopal Church in Harlem, in partnership with the Church of the Heavenly Rest. For the second year of the program, she used grant money to hire teaching artists and performers, which provided a level of consistency to the program and support for the volunteers. … Read More »

Evangelism at Burning Man

Alex Leach participated in a team of leaders to bear witness to the Holy Love they experience at Burning Man, by offering worship and spiritually-based conversation, and to share what they learned about ministry with the Spiritual But Not Religious with the wider church. All the team members were experienced Burners, and they credit their full … Read More »

Encounters

Nate Anderson is developing the “Encounters” project, a retreat-format program to teach Episcopalians how to craft and then relate to five-minute narratives about seeing God’s power and presence in their lives. To date he has created a training document,  “God’s Story, Your Life,” and conducted a trial program at All Saints, Princeton. 

Gathering Around Our Table: Breaking Bread, Building Relationships

With the goal of exploring evangelism through the dinner worship experience, Cate Anthony planned and led an experience of ecumenical hospitality at her internship site, Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, CT. Her work included extensive communication among other local parishes, research and development of a table liturgy, and conducting storytelling training workshops for members of 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 »