ECM News & Updates

Supporting vital ministries: ECM announces 2022 Grants 560 420 Episcopalians in Connection

Supporting vital ministries: ECM announces 2022 Grants

Earlier this month Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) awarded more than $70,000 in grants to congregations across the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The grants, which are funded by donations and by an annual draw from the Blanchard Memorial Endowment Fund established by the trustees of the diocese, support twenty ministries that provide food, emergency assistance, medical…

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2021 Report to Diocesan Convention 560 420 Episcopalians in Connection

2021 Report to Diocesan Convention

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…

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Feeding ourselves and others 560 420 Episcopalians in Connection

Feeding ourselves and others

An informational Q & A on Episcopal Community Ministries What is ECM? Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) is a diocesan grants committee born in 2020 from the former ECSF, (Episcopal Community Services Foundation) an independent foundation that was dissolved in 2019. ECM raises money through gifts from individual donors, parishes and foundations, and uses those funds to help support local outreach ministries…

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Transformations CDC Summer 2021 Vignettes 1000 503 Episcopalians in Connection

Transformations CDC Summer 2021 Vignettes

Transformations CDC is  a non-profit originally started by the bilingual Episcopal church, The Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, to help serve the needs of the undocumented immigrant community in Cincinnati. Transformaciones/Transformations CDC Director Nancy Sullivan provides a glimpse into the many self-empowerment and problem solving advocacy services provided by this robust organization: Spring and…

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“Just Let Us Know That We Are Loved” 250 185 Episcopalians in Connection

“Just Let Us Know That We Are Loved”

“Do you see this woman?” Judge Paul Herbert often found himself pondering Jesus’ question over the years as prostitutes repeatedly came before his bench in Franklin County Municipal Court. The parallels between the pharisees’ scornful attitude toward the “sinful” woman in Luke 7 and the punitive sentences imposed by our justice system did not escape…

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Garden of All Saints Container Program Blossoms 600 600 Episcopalians in Connection

Garden of All Saints Container Program Blossoms

The Garden of All Saints growing space was expanded this year. After a successful growing season in 2020 where the Garden for All Saints produced 750lbs of produce for local food pantries (New Albany Food Pantry and Gahanna Residents in Need), the Creation Care team at All Saints Episcopal Church in New Albany wanted to find a…

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Transformations CDC Says Basta! to Food Insecurity in Westwood 250 196 Episcopalians in Connection

Transformations CDC Says Basta! to Food Insecurity in Westwood

Food Distribution in Westmont, Police Visit An Update from the director of Transformations DCD Working with local immigrant leadership, Transformations CDC met with police and the immigrant community over the summer and fall on the Basta! Project, aimed at preventing violence against immigrants in Price Hill.  Several Basta! Meetings at St. Lawrence Square and later…

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Transformations CDC’s Students’ Herpetology Weekend in Red River Gorge 400 300 Episcopalians in Connection

Transformations CDC’s Students’ Herpetology Weekend in Red River Gorge

Transformations CDC is  a non-profit originally started by the bilingual Episcopal church, The Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, to help serve the needs of the undocumented immigrant community in Cincinnati. This organization does remarkable work providing housing and food assistance, emergency services,  immigrant rights advocacy and organization, translation services and educational outreach.  Perhaps their…

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Food & Fellowship Nourish the Soul 250 184 Episcopalians in Connection

Food & Fellowship Nourish the Soul

An update from Connie Elliott on the Church of the Epiphany, Nelsonville Feeding Ministry: Due to the high level of Covid-19 cases in Athens County we had to suspend our community dinners for several months. Now that the Covid numbers are down, our feeding ministry is once again in full swing.  To use Covid emergency…

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A Message from the ECM Chair 560 420 Episcopalians in Connection

A Message from the ECM Chair

Dear Friends in Christ, Life has been very difficult for many people in Southern Ohio – poverty, stressed families, struggling schools and communities, poor access to medical care, substance abuse, systemic discrimination, to name a few causes. Then in 2020 things got much worse. The coronavirus epidemic has killed and hospitalized so many. Others are…

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