#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
As Christians we are all called by Jesus to help the needy. These days we feel the call to help more acutely than ever. What can we do when the needs are so great and our resources seem so limited by comparison?
The answer is that we join hands with fellow Christians to do what we can, and God will join hands with us to make miracles happen.
One way that we can join hands with others is to make financial contributions to Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM). Donations to ECM help fund small community ministries designed and run by local Episcopalians who see first-hand the needs of their neighbors. All funding for ministries comes from contributions made directly to Episcopal Community Ministries. And every single dollar contributed to ECM goes directly to a ministry!
ECM funds hope. Hope that life can get better for those in need, hope that God’s love is still alive in this difficult world. ECM also supports hope in those who donate to ministries: hope that we can still do something concrete to make a difference to so many neighbors.
ECM’s logo comes from the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Reported in all four Gospels, this story starts with the disciples suggesting Jesus withdraw from a hungry crowd. “There is no need to turn them away,” he said. “Give them something to eat yourselves” (Matthew 14:16). They presented a gift from a generous boy and 5,000+ people were nourished from a pocketful of food.