United Thank Offering Grant Awarded to Two General Seminary Students

United Thank Offering 2016 seminarian grants have been awarded to students from The General Theological Seminary. Alexander Barton, M.Div. '17, and Valerie Bailey Fischer, Th.D. candidate, claimed two of the five grants awarded this year. United Thank Offering requests that seminarian grant  proposals focus on the Five Marks of Episcopal Mission: To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom To teach, baptize and nurture new believers To respond to human need by loving service To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

The submitted grants applications were to show creativity and/or innovation on one or more of these marks.

The two General Seminary students who were awarded grants submitted the following grant proposals:

Alexander Doyle Barton Mark 1: Magnificat Arts Program To provide a program for residents of St. Mary's Shelter in Manhattan which serves immigrants and asylum seekers to express their own story and artistic interests through photography, writing, and spoken word. This project will take place over four weekends, in which shelter residents will collaborate with local and international journalists to learn visual, written and oral storytelling techniques. It will culminate with a showcase of their final work. The grant will fund stipends to each participant from the shelter, as well as printing, display supplies and initial costs of a finished booklet.

Valerie Bailey Fischer Mark 2: General Seminary Good Shepherd Atrium To build a portable atrium to be used as a teaching and learning area by seminary residents and their children, the new Christians. This project will include training seminarians to become leaders and teachers of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which will be used as a tool for children and adult formation. As the seminarians become clergy, they will have the background to continue the process of teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers in the Christian faith. The grant will fund the building of the atrium and training seminarians.

About the United Thank Offering United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. To find out more, click here.