It is with great pleasure, on behalf of the Capital Campaign Review Committee, to announce the 2017 Spring Grant awards, made possible from the Transforming Churches-Transforming Lives Capital Campaign.
- PATHWAYS Theological Education of the Southeast Conference
The grant monies will be used to enhance their Course Curriculum. The 30 courses offered on three levels in Pathways are in need of review and updating since the National UCC recently announced the revised set of Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers. The Grant monies will also be used to develop two new “Level 3” courses. By doing the revisions and updating, PATHWAYS will continue to provide their learner participants with the most updated and most relevant learning experience possible.
- Rush Memorial UCC, Atlanta, Georgia
Their project is to strengthen “Martha’s Corner”, their church outreach ministry that seeks to meet the needs of the immediate college and local community with basic food and clothing needs. Rush Memorial is a historic church which resides along the boundaries of 4 HBCUs of Spelman College, Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. By not only helping with the needs of their community, they hope to attract more church attending college students through this mission work.
- Pleasant Hill Community Church, Pleasant Hill, Tennessee
The church is finishing a project started in 2016 which is recording the oral living history of their early members dating back to the early 20th century and Dr. May Wharton. This videotaped oral history will capture and preserve the church’s unique history. Project leaders are also including photos, news articles, illustrations and maps on a special website. Their goal in preserving these histories is to inspire a new generation of progressive, faith-influenced activists, to build bridges in the community and to attract new members to PHCC.
- Garden of Grace UCC, Columbia, South Carolina
This 14 year old church is in need of replacing their media equipment which is heavily relied on in worship. Grant monies will be used to replace speakers, a wireless microphone system, an amp mixer, and projectors. These updates will enhance their worship by having reliable equipment to project worship service images, provide good music for their choir, and clear amplification during their worship.
May God’s blessing be upon all these inspirational projects. The next cycle for accepting Grant applications will be in the autumn of 2017.