Bulletin Insert – October 8, 2017

UTO Young Adult & Seminarian Grants

Are you a young adult or seminarian interested in making a difference in your community?

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce that they will accept applications for up to ten Young Adult Grants and up to ten Seminarian Grants for 2018.

Grants, which are only awarded within the Episcopal Church, will be made up to $2,500 each to fund start-up costs for new ministries. The focus this year is The Jesus Movement: Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, including the following themes:

  • proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom,
  • teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers,
  • responding to human need with loving service,
  • transforming unjust structures of society and pursuing peace and reconciliation,
  • and safeguarding, sustaining, and renewing our environment.

Young Adult Grants are available to Episcopalians age 19-30. Their applications, available at http://bit.ly/uto-yasgrants, should be submitted to their diocesan offices for screening and selection, as bishops may select one application per diocese. Applications without a bishop’s signature cannot be accepted. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application following the meeting of the Executive Council in January 2018.

Seminarian Grants are intended for the start-up costs of new ministries at the seminary, in a seminarian’s field education parish, or in his or her home diocese. In order to be eligible, seminarians must hail from one of the accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church or from the Commission for Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CETALC). Seminarians should submit applications, also available at http://bit.ly/uto-yasgrants, to their dean (or CETALC chair) for screening and selection. The dean may select up to two applications per seminary; applications without a dean’s signature cannot be accepted. As above, applicants will be notified of the status of their application following the meeting of the Executive Council in January 2018.

The United Thank Offering is a gratitude ministry of the Episcopal Church, supporting innovative mission and ministry in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for new projects and programs that address inventive approaches to ministries within their communities that meet the stated focus for the year.

For more information, please contact Kayla Massey (kmassey@episcopalchurch.org).

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