2014 Grantees:

Abolitionist Network, Emmanuel Gospel Center - The Abolitionist Network is a community of leaders in the Church seeking to understand the systems driving human trafficking in Boston and beyond, and pursuing effective Church engagement. They are asking: "What does it look like for our local congregations to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our neighborhoods; preventing, identifying and ultimately ending abuse and exploitation?" This grant will support the Network’s efforts to connect leaders, build relationships, share ideas, and help them pray for each other. Also to support them as they equip leaders by staying in tune with the local counter-trafficking landscape, host trainings, and share resources to help churches understand the root causes driving the systems of exploitation, recognize their own part in the problem, and then identify where they can take action through prevention and aftercare efforts.

Boston Faith and Justice Network - An organization of Christians seeking justice through personal, community, and policy change. BFJN gathers Christians from many different traditions sharing a common concern to love our neighbor through economic discipleship and engages them to think about resources, from the money we earn, to the food we eat, to the places we live. Grant will fund general operating costs and assist them as they build capacity through partnerships, to engage with more congregations via workshops and their Lazarus at the Gate curriculum. BFJN is working to expand the impact of their program by creating online videos and resources to capture the learnings of their LATG programs.

City Mission Society - City Mission Society of Boston catalyzes action to root out poverty in our neighborhoods by means of programs and activities that embody the following guiding principles of empowerment, education and partnership. CMS has identified homelessness prevention as their primary focus. This grant will support their education and advocacy work on the homelessness crisis in Massachusetts, help them continue their leadership with Boston Warm and continue to engage their Public Voice Project participants in this work. The PVP has served as a vehicle to promote civic engagement and social justice by delivering personal stories of homelessness to members of congregations since 2005.

Massachusetts Council of Churches - “A network of individuals, congregations and denominations convinced that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than what divides us.” MCC is working to lead the renewal of the vibrant, ecumenical local church in Massachusetts, encouraging critical, adaptive ministry and creating opportunities for Christian advocacy and interfaith dialogue. Grant will fund their general operating expenses and specifically their collaboration work with ECM in the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition and their work on justice issues in Massachusetts.

Partakers - A faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 1997 to address the issue of education as the key factor in providing rehabilitation and impacting the rate of prisoner recidivism. Partakers’ mission is to reduce prisoner recidivism through community mentoring and the advancement of education. They are committed to advancing restorative justice, rehabilitation and the healing transformation of both prisoners and society. Grant will fund their correspondence course program and their mentoring program which partners members of the faith community with students during incarceration and after their release.

UU Mass Action - An organization founded to build a more unified and collective voice for Unitarian Universalists in Massachusetts around issues of justice and to create a space for resource sharing and leadership development among parishes undertaking social justice work. Grant will support their general operating expenses as they undergo a leadership transition and continue their organizing work on immigration reform, criminal justice reform and environmental justice.

2013 Grantees:

Boston Faith and Justice Network – An organization of Christians seeking justice through personal, community, and policy change. BFJN gathers Christians from many different traditions sharing a common concern to love our neighbor through economic discipleship and engages them to think about resources, from the money we earn, to the food we eat, to the places we live.

The Center for Church and Prison – A resource and research center working towards community revitalization through prison reform and economic mobility for former prisoners. CfCP is addressing these issues at the individual level as well as through public policy and legislation transformation.

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries was founded in 1966 by clergy and laity to address poverty, housing and racial justice. Their mission is to mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society.

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation is a Christ-centered, grassroots national organization seeking to build an effective and dynamic movement to heed the call within the Episcopal Church to alleviate extreme global poverty through the Millennium Development Goals and to build a fairer and just economy.

Massachusetts Council of Churches is “A network of individuals, congregations and denominations convinced that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than what divides us.” MCC is working to lead the renewal of the vibrant, ecumenical local church in Massachusetts, encouraging critical, adaptive ministry and creating opportunities for Christian advocacy and interfaith dialogue.

UU Mass Action was founded to build a more unified and collective voice for Unitarian Universalists in Massachusetts around issues of justice and to create a space for resource sharing and leadership development among parishes undertaking social justice work.

2012 Grantees:

The Vigil – ECM awarded the filmmakers of The Vigil a grant to cover the editing expenses for the completion of a final cut. The Vigil is a documentary film about faith, resistance and immigrant rights.  The Vigil follows two undocumented women, Gina and Rosa, as they become the leaders of a peaceful vigil grounded in their faith to The Virgin of Guadalupe in the midst of the clash over Arizona’s controversial immigration law Senate Bill 1070.  The women’s story is that of walking from the shadows as an undocumented person to becoming active participants in American democracy.  Gina transforms from hiding every time she sees police for fear of deportation to speaking in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.  ECM will share this film as a learning tool to encourage dialogue on the issue of immigration in this country, and how our faith calls us to take action.

Boston Faith and Justice Network (BFJN) – ECM awarded BFJN a grant to expand their capacity which will allow them deepen the impact of their curriculum, Lazarus at the Gate, a program for parishes to engage in discussion and action around economic justice.

The Center for Church and Prison – ECM awarded a grant to support their first annual conference in Massachusetts where they will provide prison re-entry profes- sionals and volunteers with training, encouragement and resources to better serve formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

The summary report from The Center for Church and Prison’s 2012 National Strategic Conference on Mass Incarceration and Reentry can be downloaded here: Church and Prison Summary Report 102312

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR) – ECM awarded a grant to support the capacity building of EGR, a Christ-centered, grassroots national organization seeking to build an effective and dynamic movement to heed the call within the Episcopal church to alleviate extreme global poverty through the Millennium Development Goals and to build a fairer and just economy.

Trinity Public School Partners – ECM awarded a planning and development grant to support the Trinity Public School Partners, a program of Trinity Church, Boston that collaborates with neighbors and community partners as it engages Boston Public Schools (BPS) to improve the lives and education of all BPS students.

Massachusetts Council of Churches (MCC) – ECM awarded a grant to support the Massachusetts Council of Church’s public policy work and to support a collaborative planning process to bring together the membership of MCC, 17 Orthodox and Protestant churches/denominations in the state, and approximately 1700 congregations to engage in advocacy around issues of social justice in Massachusetts.

2011 Grantees:

Trinity Public School Partners (TPSP)
Awarded a planning and development grant to support their Trinity Public School Partners program (TPSP). TPSP is a program that collaborates with neighbors and community partners as it engages Boston public schools to improve the lives and education of all Boston Public School students. The grant will support TPSP as it strengthens current partnerships, explores additional ones and considers the feasibility of a regional network of faith-based school partnerships.

Massachusetts Council of Churches (MCC)
Given the historical strengths of ECM and MCC in the areas of advocacy and public policy, ECM awarded a grant to the MCC so to further explore opportunities and priorities for both organizations, especially around immigration reform.  The grant also supported MCC’s work to expand and deepen their current policy engagement within their membership (17 Orthodox and Protestant churches/denominations in the state, approximately 1700 congregations.)

Boston Faith and Justice Network
ECM awarded a grant to support their new work connecting Christians to the justice concerns of Boston-area refugees. In addition to helping build momentum for their emerging refugee relational advocate program and to continue their work with Lazarus at the Gate, a social justice curriculum for parishes.

2010 Grantee:

Trinity Boston Foundation

The Episcopal Youth Alliance (TEYA) 
ECM awarded a grant to help TEYA create opportunities for the individuals within the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts who are involved in programs/initiatives for children, youth and young adults to interact, share information and experiences & exchange ideas. At the same time, working to ensure that people within the Diocese and beyond are aware of the good work being done through these programs/initiatives and understand how they can provide ongoing encouragement and support to those involved