Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Executive Council renews San Joaquin support, urges new vision of ministry

From ENS-

The Episcopal Church's Executive Council spent part of the last day of its Oct. 21-24 meeting here encouraging Episcopalians to envision new ways of doing ministry.
It pledged continued support to the reorganizing Diocese of San Joaquin, urging the remaining Episcopalians to establish Latino/Hispanic ministry in the heavily Hispanic Central Valley of California.

The council also welcomed a report from its United Thank Offering study group saying that the group and the UTO have developed a much closer working relationship and have resolved many of the concerns that prompted the study. The work is the result of a two-year effort to clarify the organization's relationship to the church, explore of ways to increase giving to the UTO, ways to make UTO better known to others in the church and ways to expand the organization's approach to funding mission activities.

The decisions came on the last day of council's four day meeting here. The council issued a message to the church at the end of the meeting. The text is here.

Encouraging new ministry in San Joaquin

The council agreed to loan the diocese of San Joaquin $285,000 to help pay for its operating expenses next year. The council also decided to grant the diocese $40,000 to help it establish a program of Latino/Hispanic ministry.

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