Following the Jesus Way: Connecting faith practice and strategy for moral, just action at Episcopal City Mission’s 174th Annual Meeting

Episcopal City Mission convened our 174th Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 27th, 2018.

The Annual Meeting, called to order by Bishop Alan Gates, gathered its members and partners, 80 people representing more than 30 parishes and more than ten grassroots organizations from eastern Massachusetts, to pray together, connect communities and elect three new Board members: the Rev. Noble Scheepers (Trinity, Marshfield), Carolyn Chou (Asian American Resource Workshop), and George Whitehead (Grace, Newton). We also lifted up the leadership of our outgoing Board members: the Reverend Jack Clark, the Reverend Matt Stewart, the Reverend Marisa Egerstrom, Erin Alarcon, and Bill Haynsworth for their faithful service.

Outgoing ECM Board member Reverend Jack Clark shared the theological and moral imperative for following Jesus’ Way of Love in a time when heightened hate and division are being provoked and unleashed against vulnerable communities. The Reverend Arrington Chambliss, ECM’s Executive Director, laid out our strategic plan to faithfully and boldly express our mission to build relationships and collective power across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for racial and economic justice as the expression of God’s transforming love through: Mobilizing, Developing and Funding prophetic leaders in Episcopal communities, grassroots organizations, and faith-rooted organizations. For more information on the strategy presentation, click here.

We gathered insights from our members through the Question Formulation Technique to inform and shape the Develop aspect of ECM’s work: developing the leadership of clergy and lay leaders to act for racial and economic justice. ECM staff will use the information to hone our strategy in December 2018.

Finally participants were invited to act. Representatives from nine grassroots initiatives, ranging from accompanying immigrant neighbors with Beyond to building a solidarity economy with Boston Ujima Project to developing faith-based organizing skills with Episcopal City Mission and anti-oppression training with the Mission Institute. A full list of organizations and action opportunities can be found here.

During ECM’s Annual Meeting we learned of the horrific violent attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Gathered by Bishop Gayle Harris’ prayerful leadership, we prayed and grieved with our brothers and sisters and recommitted ourselves to stand in love against racist and anti-Semitic hatred and violence.

We are grateful for all the members who joined us!