Episcopal Relief & Development works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. It also works around the world and here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters.
One part of the program is similar to the Heifer charity where gifts of animals are made to help families transform their lives in lasting ways. St. Paul’s has been celebrating each baptism at our church with a gift of at least one flock of chickens to a family in another country to raise as poultry and to sell surplus stock and eggs in the marketplace. A special offering is taken on the day of the baptism, and often we are able to send monies for multiple flocks of chickens.
St. Paul’s Contact: Dan Halloran
“It is fitting that Christians should manifest their unity by joining together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to show God’s good and just purposes throughout New York State. Therefore, we covenant to care for one another, safeguard the presence of vital Christian communities, provide hospitality to all, proclaim the Gospel boldly in each place, and declare God’s just will among the powers and principalities.
From this, grows the purpose of the New York State Council of Churches as a statewide organization through which Christians accomplish mission goals that can be achieved more effectively by working together. These mission goals focus on social justice, institutional pastoral care, and ecumenical cooperation in education, worship and action.” – New York State Council of Churches Executive Committee, The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director (United Church of Christ)
St. Paul’s supports the NYS Council of Churches financially. Individual members of the congregation attend presentations, ecumenical services and advocacy days.
St. Paul’s Contact: Kate Storms