The United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church announced on June 18 that they awarded 33 grants for a total of $1,507,640.55 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. One of these grants was given was given to the Gethsemane Episcopal Church (Marion) for the amount of $35,314.81.
The Gethsemane Center for Reconciliation works to further the Church's priority of racial reconciliation and justice. Building on Gethsemane's decade-plus of reconciliation work and established community relationships, the staffing, technological improvements, and marketing development funded will allow them to develop new leaders and an infrastructure for reconciliation efforts.
The goal of the Center is to:
Cross boundaries by discussing and acting on issues of racial inequity, gender and sexual identity bias, poverty, etc. in the midst of rural America;
Listen deeply to the wounds and mistrust that are caused by these divisions;
Bridge these divides using actions, and words, and
Learn to live like Jesus as we develop leaders and other community members to live and thrive in a community based on compassion, respect for diversity, and true equity.
Read the release from UTO here.