Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Iowa

St. Anne's Episcopal awarded $25,000 grant

The diversity of members at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Ankeny has earned it a $25,000 grant to continue integrating different cultures into its congregation.

Families from Lebanon, Sudan, Ghana, Mexico, England, the Philippines, China and Native Americans all call the church home.

By successfully welcoming the various traditions into their congregation, the diversity has earned the 225-member church the grant to continue to grow and share its experiences.

"Rural and metropolitan areas of central Iowa have benefited from an influx of persons from other countries in the last several years," said the Rev. Robert Kem, pastor of St. Anne's at 2110 W. First St.

"It is sometimes difficult for people raised in the Midwest to understand and incorporate these new immigrants into the day-to-day life of the church because they may not understand the immigrants' cultural traditions and beliefs. The congregation of St. Anne's Episcopal Church has been fortunate to have several families from different countries choose to worship with us and make St. Anne's their church home."

The National Episcopal Church has awarded St. Anne's the $25,000 grant.

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