#GivingTuesday Social Media Sharing

Hi Episcopal Service Corps Members, Alumni, and Friends! Would you support the continued work of the Episcopal Service Corps by adding one of the following #GivingTuesday images as your profile picture for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? We would also be thrilled if you’d add one of the attached pictures as a post on your social media account Tuesday, November 29th along with a link to our donation page. http://episcopalservicecorps.org/Donate/ Thanks to the hard work of many spreading the word last year, we were able to raise $40,000.00 for the Episcopal Service Corps between Giving Tuesday and the Annual Appeal. Donations may be shared equally with Episcopal Service Corps and a local program. Simply elect it from the list on the online donation form. We appreciate your kind support in both spreading the word and giving, and are grateful to have you continue with us in this movement.

Unlocking New Places in Our Hearts

A reflection by Confluence Year member Nicole Hamme

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already approaching the two-month anniversary of my new job with the Community Refugee and Immigration Services. Although I don’t get to work with them as much as I’d like, the refugee children have especially unlocked a new place in my heart. Their selflessness and bravery for entering a new, uncharted territory with their families in hopes of a better life free from war and violence astonishes me. They have said goodbye to an old life and one might associate this experience as something wounding, but their smiles hardly show it.

Below is a poem I wrote while driving a newly arrived Somalian family to their doctor appointment. The youngest son, just shy of four years old, was beaming with happiness as we drove through Columbus, pointing out the buildings and admiring his new world with wonder. His happiness was so contagious, it left an imprint on me for the rest of the day.

he’s yet to know the fragility of the human heart,

and I pray he’ll never have to, for his father, and sisters and sweet grandmother who smells of honey and spice, will stitch

Welcome Our New Interim Executive Director

We are excited to welcome Jed Dearing as the new Interim Executive Director of the Episcopal Service Corps. Jed joins us from Columbus, Ohio, where he participated in the development of the Confluence Year Episcopal Service Corps Program in the Franklinton neighborhood, and continues to serve as their program director. Jed has contributed to the Episcopal Service Corps as a program director, representing ESC at recruitment fairs, serving on various committees, and as part of the coordinating team for the midwest regional ESC retreat. The ESC Board of Directors  is glad to have Jed working alongside them to continue to develop ESC on behalf of young adults pursuing a life of service and justice which is linked to their faith through intentional community.

Jed also stays busy working with the Diocese of Southern Ohio establishing intentional communities and training pioneer ministers. Jed is passionate about intentional community, and worships with St. John’s Episcopal Franklinton, where he is a community organizer advocating against both unjust housing and policing in impoverished neighborhoods. He recently completed a pilgrimage across the UK visiting Anglican fresh expressions, intentional communities, and pioneer ministries while exploring the formation of ministers for these emerging communities of faith. Jed studied theology

Feeding the Homeless in the US

Take some time to hear from ESC Corps Member Gabriela Machado about her experience working with the Hoboken Shelter during her 2016-17 Episcopal Service Corps year with NEWARK ACTS.

“Since moving to New Jersey in September for my year of service with the Episcopal Service Corps (NEWARK ACTS) I have been volunteering at the Hoboken Shelter during the 11am – 3pm lunch. They shelter 50 people nightly, serve 500 meals daily, host 1,000 showers weekly, and provide support services such as case management, counselling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, emergency homelessness prevention grants, and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Volunteering at the Shelter has been a real joy, and I think that is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the dedicated and wonderful members of staff make sure that everyone has fun while volunteering – be it chopping carrots, shucking corn, wiping counters, serving lunch, doing dishes, folding envelopes and keeping the kitchen running. Pictured holding the sign is Q, the chef on Mondays through to Wednesdays. His stories, his cheerful disposition, his jokes, and his CHICKEN (y’all should come just to try his chicken and gravy) always makes for an enjoyable time at

ESC Staff Transition

Dear ESC Friends and Supporters,

It is with true mixed emotions that I share with you that our Executive Director, the Rev. Amity Carrubba, has accepted her next call to serve the larger Episcopal Church community.

Amity will be leaving the staff effective March 18th, but she will continue to work with ESC to insure a smooth transition. She will also be present at ESC’s Spring Meeting in Denver, CO in April.

Amity’s leadership has guided ESC’s development into a fully nation-wide network pointing to the future of the church and the world. We are grateful for her time and her steadfast dedication to the needs of young adults and program directors of ESC.

The ESC board is in the process of recruiting interim leadership, and in the coming weeks will communicate the process for filling the permanent Executive Director position. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.

While we are sad that Amity is leaving, we are thankful that she has been such an integral part of the growth and health of the Episcopal Service Corps, and we pray for her future adventures. I hope you will join me in thanking her for her time

ESC Seeks Grant Writer Consultant

Episcopal Service Corps is growing! To ensure that our ministry continues to flourish we are applying to AmeriCorps for a national grant. Do you know an experienced grant writer that is interested in working on this project with us? Details about the project are in the Request for Proposal below.

Scope of Service

The selected consultant will:

-Read and understand AmeriCorps’ 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) found here

-Write the ESC application informed by the 2016 NOFO application instructions

-Collaborate with the ESC AmeriCorps committee and executive director during writing and revision process to request information and incorporate edits

-Track deadlines and submit grant application by deadline of Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

Background and Experience

The successful consultant will demonstrate experience in and understanding of the AmeriCorps grant application process. The selected consultant will work in collaboration with the ESC AmeriCorps committee as well as the executive director.

We seek an individual with excellent written communication and organizational skills, a demonstrated record of success with grant writing, and a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative not-for-profit environment.

 

Budget

Meet the ESC representatives to General Convention – Part 4

Kevin Smallwood

Fun Fact: Kevin performed on a cruise that was headed to Bermuda, he sang “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé on the seas.

What has been your funniest ESC moment? My funniest ESC moment happened during the winter, which was an experience itself considering the fact that winter in New England is brutal and long. My program director bought plastic sleds for me and my housemates to use to keep us from going stir crazy. As I prepared to go for a ride down the hill, I got in the sled only to plummet into inches of snow and not move an inch, in a sense I was frozen in place. What program are you serving with? What’s your service site?

I currently serve in the Lawrence House Service Corps, located in South Hadley, MA and work at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, MA, where he coordinates the program “Faith in Action” or “Fe en Acción”.

What’s your story? I call Washington, D.C. my hometown, although I have lived in many parts of the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) Transit area. I graduated from Towson University in May of 2014 with a BA in Sociology and Women/Gender Studies. What message are you excited most excited to

Meet the ESC representatives to General Convention – Part 3

Logan Rimel

Fun Fact: Logan has 4 tattoos, one of which represents their time spent in intentional community: an eight-sided baptismal font with the words “You will be in the midst of them” from the Prayer of St. Chrysostom carved into the base.

What has been your funniest ESC moment? I once hid a can of spam in the bed of a housemate while he was napping, and inadvertently unleashed a prank war that has now spanned years and most of the country. I changed his computer background, he relaced all of my shoes in the wrong direction; I mailed him glitter in an envelope, he responded by sending me 1,000 live mealworms. And so it continues. What program are you serving with? What’s your service site?

I serve in the Diocal Interns program as the intern for the Discipleship Ministries Working Group.

What’s your story? I spent the first 18 years of my life in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. They I moved to Poughkeepsie, NY to attend Vassar College, where I received a BA in Religion. What message are you excited most excited to share at General Convention? We have been promised transformation – it’s already happening.

Meet the ESC representatives to General Convention – Part 2

Mia Benjamin

Fun Fact: Mia and her two sisters love to knit and sew. They made quilts for each other out of old jeans for their high school graduations.

What has been your funniest ESC moment? One of the challenges of teaching Godly Play to seven and eight year-olds is getting them to put the materials back carefully at the end of class. One of our boys has struggled mightily with rolling up the fleece strips we use as backgrounds. One day, after doing his absolute best, the boy regretfully handed me a wadded up piece of cloth and sighed sadly, “That’s just how I roll.” What program are you serving with? What’s your service site?

I work as the Urban Outreach Ministry intern at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, MA. I’m currently a first year fellow in the Boston-based Life Together program and I’ll be continuing for a second year next year.

What’s your story? I’m from Fairfield, CT. I studied Religion with a focus on Islam and Arabic at Middlebury College in Vermont. What message are you excited most excited to share at General Convention? The Episcopal Church should prioritize engaging with young adults from all faith backgrounds.