DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — April 2021
Mission Program Grants Supporting New Worshiping Communities in the PC(USA)
From the Director Column by Rhashell D. Hunter
“… to equip the saints for the work of ministry …”
— Ephesians 4:12
Mission Program Grants are grants made available through Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The grants support the transforming work of new worshiping communities. Some of them include:
Casa Brasil (Greater Atlanta, South Atlantic) is a Brazilian community that worships in Portuguese — the language of their hearts. They understand the importance of community and love of culture, but their primary purpose is to worship Christ Jesus, who reached them with Christ’s love on the cross.
Centro Cristiano Agua de Viva (San Joaquin, Pacific) is a Hispanic/Latino-a faith community in Hanford, California. The pandemic has caused many hardships for their community. Many members were the first to lose jobs — and were unable to receive local or federal assistance. Some have returned to their country of origin, rather than risk becoming ill or incurring additional debt. Centro Cristiano Agua de Viva is committed to both evangelism and discipleship, as well as equipping and nurturing its members.
connect.faith (Hudson River, Northeast) was born out of the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church digital ministry in New York. Because connect.faith has been developing online ministry tools for over a year, they were positioned to address the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Focusing on creativity, spirituality and justice, they have become a place for people who have either been rejected by the church or have not been able to find a community that is spiritually right for them where they live. Their high-quality content invites creative participation from its participants.
Lyrical Assembly (San Francisco, Pacific) is a community dedicated to faith, arts and activism. Created to provide space for artists and believers who are passionate about fully living out God’s calling to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly, Lyrical views poetry and the arts as tools to decolonize faith, speak out against injustice and create communal healing.
Mission Program Grants are awarded to new worshiping communities in order to encourage an environment where new worshiping communities thrive.
Be the Change!
Connect with the Office of Mission Program Grants and contact your mid council or congregation to establish a 1001 new worshiping community.