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Congratulations to the Recipient of the Bishop John Bryson Chane Scholarship for Social Justice
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the ECW Board announces the 2021 recipient of The Bishop John Bryson Chane Scholarship for Social Justice. This scholarship was established in 2010 by the ECW Board to honor and recognize Bishop Chane's commitment to social justice. The scholarship is awarded yearly and is open to graduating high school seniors who are college bound and attend a Church in the Diocese.
Please join us in congratulating William Thorne from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. He completed his senior year at Montgomery Blair High School this year and he will be attending Towson University in the Fall, majoring in Political Science/Communications.
Memorial Scholarship Application Now Available Online - Application Deadline is May 31, 2021
The Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Diocese of Washington was established in 1925. MSF grants are made to lay and ordained women pursuing post graduate degrees in Christian ministry and social work. Women enrolled in the Diocesan Diaconate program are eligible. Contributions are made by parishes in memory of their deceased women.
The scholarship application is available online here. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is May 31, 2021. For additional information, please contact Paula Singleton, MSF Custodian at (202) 669-8448 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even with the onset of the pandemic, UTO continued moving forward honoring grants. EDOW was awarded two grants for the first time in the past decade. The first was a $66,868.00 companion grant with the Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania, for Saint Catherine's Secondary School for Girls, by African Palms/ Saint John's Episcopal Church, Olney. The focus of this grant was, "Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility". The second grant for $25,000.00 was awarded to Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church for support with Covid relief related to the needs of our diocesan community. The grant will help sustain Charlie's Place, a community based food service provider for people in need. Due to social distancing protocol, providing meals switched from an onsite operation, to one of food to go. EDOW/UTO was honored to have two such worthy causes be recipients of grants.
Given the ongoing and current social distancing, churches have struggled to keep afloat. Safety protocols have remained in place. We have not been able to meet as congregations but only online or socially distanced outside. UTO has continued to award grants directly related to helping those in need during these trying times, but at a much lower ability to give. As with everything else, contributions to UTO have decreased greatly. It should be noted, however, that even during the pandemic, EDOW/UTO contributed $10,000.00 in 2020. Every penny collected in the Blue Boxes, in UTO envelopes or in personal contributions goes back into awarded grants. It is my hope that as churches slowly begin to recover, they can once again hold ingatherings as a way to give back to others, and show gratitude for all that we have.
If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Together we can dialogue about moving forward.
Mathy Milling Downing
As Episcopal Church Women (ECW) we continually strive to embody Christ's vision for the world by loving one another as he loves us. We are committed to taking leadership in identifying social injustices and pursuing action for change in response to our Baptismal Covenant.
Our mission is to build an accepting atmosphere where every woman is welcomed and valued for her individual ministry.
The motto of the ECW of the Diocese of Washington is:
Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith..." [Matthew 15:28]