Episcopal Church announces 2021 ‘Becoming Beloved Community’ grant recipients

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Jul 19, 2021

Twenty-seven Becoming Beloved Community grants supporting the work of racial healing, justice and reconciliation were awarded by The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council during its June 25-28 meeting. The grants total $220,450.

Funds for these grants were allocated by the church’s 79th General Convention in 2018. The grants may be used for work in the following areas: telling the truth about our churches and race; proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community; practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation; and repairing the breach in institutions and society.

“We are hopeful that the work we support throughout the church will enable the work of racial reconciliation on the local level while growing our collective wisdom and will to engage it more broadly together,” said the Rev. Edwin Johnson of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, chair of the Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation.

Awards include seed grants up to $10,000 and impact grants up to $20,000. Seed grants are geared toward groups launching new projects—including educational training and exploratory work ahead of bigger projects—or growing existing projects. Impact grants are aimed primarily at increasing the capacity, impact and reach of communities and institutions already working to advance racial justice, healing and reconciliation.

The following grants were awarded:

Seed grants

1979 Book of Common Prayer Translation to ‘olelo Hawai’i, Commission on Native Hawaiian Ministry, Honolulu, Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i, $4,000

Chestnut Hill History, St. Martin’s in the Field, Philadelphia, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, $5,000

Community Developer, Saints Peter & Paul/Santos Pedro y Pablo Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, $8,000

Cypress House at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, $9,000

Examining the Untold History of Systemic Racial Injustice, The Episcopal Church in Delaware, $7,000

In the beginning: Telling the Truth About Our Churches and Race at the Founding, Christ Church, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, St. Peter’s Church Philadelphia, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, $7,000

Just Neighbors conversation series, Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur, Georgia, $4,200

Land Acknowledgment and Honoring, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, $7,500

Liberating Ourselves from Racism, The Mission Institute, $10,000

Listen, Learn, and Repent, Christ Church, Detroit, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, $5,500

My Work to Do/Jubilee Consortium, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, $5,000

“Nuestra Verdad” (Our Truth), Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Hispanic Ministries Committee and St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, $7,000

Office of Diversity Initiatives, Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania, $7,500

Prison Ministry, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Virginia, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, $6,000

Sacred Ground Quadrants, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, California, Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, $5,000

Visions Inc. Capacity-building, St. Luke’s/San Lucas Episcopal Church, Long Beach, California, $7,000

Impact grants

Central Midlands Justice Ministry, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina, Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, $5,000

Chaplains on the Harbor, Montesano, Washington, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, $10,000

Godly Play’s Beloved Me, Beloved We, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, $8,750

Proclaiming Beloved Community, Johnson Service Corps, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, $10,000

Racial Healing Formation Resources, Episcopal Church in Minnesota, $10,000

Saint Nicholas/San Nicolás Episcopal Church, Richfield, Minnesota, Episcopal Church in Minnesota, $10,000

Stepping Stones Jail/Prison Ministry, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California, Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, $15,000

Tell Me the Truth About Racism: Training the Trainers, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, $15,000

The Redeeming Black Church Closures Project, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, $7,000

Understanding systemic racism in the Episcopal Church, Forward Movement, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, $15,000

Voices Heard: A Diocese Explores Pathways Towards Reparations, Episcopal Diocese of New York, $10,000

Learn more about Becoming Beloved Community grants and more here.