ECF Celebrates 60 Years
June 5. 2009, New York, NY – Last Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) celebrated 60 years of meeting the changing needs of the Episcopal Church and empowering congregations to do God’s work. Throughout the decades, ECF has worked to support the Episcopal Church to fulfill its mission and vision, to be a Church that is healthy, vital, and vibrant with a growing number of congregations with the capacity to empower and support their members to live out the Gospel.
"I believe that ECF called to support and enhance the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, to serve as an innovative and flexible resource to the institutions of the Church, and to discern and respond to the changing needs of the Church, especially at the grass-roots level," remarked Donald V. Romanik, ECF President. "Many of you have experienced the impact ECF has in supporting the wider Church in mission and ministry. You have been part of the forward thinking and dedicated spirit. We hope that you will join us in this moment of joy, as we commemorate our accomplishments and look to the future."
ECF is especially proud to acknowledge several important partners in its continued success in living into its mission. On this occasion, these include:
– Christ Church, Glen Allen, VA was presented the Congregational Vitality Recognition Award, recognizing their embodiment of their core values: to know and experience God’s grace, mercy, and love; to give thanks to God through engaging worship; to be an inviting, welcoming, and nurturing people and place; to teach and encourage one another to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ; and to love and serve God, one another, and the community beyond Christ Church.
– Grace Church, Syracuse, NY was also presented with the Congregational Vitality Recognition Award, recognizing its continued legacy of social activism, its diversity, and its commitment to being a welcoming parish to all, bringing people together in the name of Jesus Christ.
– Phoebe W. Griswold was awarded the Henry Knox Sherrill Medal for Outstanding Service to the Church, recognizing in particular her service to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the American Friends of Jerusalem, and the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts.
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, honorary chair of ECF’s board of directors, participated in the celebration, delivering opening remarks and the invocation. The gala was held at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City.