Episcopal Community Ministries
Submitted by The Rev. Dr. Ellen Cook, Chair
Please state the mission of your commission
Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) is a major source of grants for the Diocese of Southern Ohio congregational outreach ministries, helping our Ohio neighbors overcome a multitude of life’s challenges. As stated in the charter, “It is ECM’s mission to inspire and support each other in the living out of our Baptismal Covenant through active, generous and committed congregations and their outward looking ministries.”
Each grant awarded is administered by the recipient church. ECM funds small community ministries designed and run by local Episcopalians who see first-hand the needs of their neighbors. These local outreach ministries are in the best position to assess and respond to their community’s needs. The ministries who apply for ECM grants are adhering to our theological mandate to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8).