House of Deputies

ERD celebration

 On July 16, Episcopal Relief & Development informed House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings that the Deputies Helping to Heal a Hurting World campaign had raised $128,226--171% of the $75,000 goal. The campaign in honor of the organization's 75th anniversary began on Epiphany and concluded at General Convention.

Highlights of the campaign included the Episcopal Church in Minnesota's benefit concert by the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus that raised more than $16,000; a 12-member team called the Steeple Chasers that ran the 200-mile Ragnar Wasach Back and raised more than $28,000; and a raffle sponsored by the deputies of the Diocese of Arkansas at their convention that raised more than $3800. The people of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta generously issued a challenge grant of $25,000 in matching funds for donations received before the campaign's end on June 30.

The campaign was co-chaired by Deputies Devon Anderson of Minnesota and Jack Tull of the Diocese of Florida and led by a committee of deputies from across the church.

Writing for Deputy News on June 30, Tull said, "Today at General Convention as we officially present the gift of this money to Episcopal Relief & Development, let us all remember the good work the Episcopal Church does to bring Christ into the lives of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and let us be thankful."

 

The House of Deputies campaign ends June 30. There's still time to be included! Make your donation online now on the Episcopal Relief & Development website.

June 9, 2015

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies:

We’re less than four weeks away from the end of the House of Deputies campaign to raise $75,000 for Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary, and we have some terrific news.

A generous group of donors from The Cathedral of St. Philip Atlanta generously pledged $25,000 in matching funds for the campaign. That means that when you donate before June 30, the St. Philip pledge will double the value of your contribution and do more to help heal a hurting world.

Donate to the House of Deputies Episcopal Relief & Development campaign online.

We’ve already raised $55,757, nearly 75% of our goal. Between now and when we gather in Salt Lake City, deputies will host a concert in Minnesota, run a 200-mile relay race in Utah, and wrap up other creative fundraising initiatives. If you haven’t yet had a chance to contribute to the effort, now is your chance. A donation of any size will help us succeed in meeting our goal!

Donate online to the House of Deputies Episcopal Relief & Development campaign  by June 30 and your donation will be matched by the generous people of St. Philip. If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to Episcopal Relief & Development and remember to write: “75thAnniversary - HOD” in the check’s memo line. Send your check to: Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Thank you for your support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to heal a hurting world. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City.

Faithfully,

The House of Deputies Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Steering Committee

Deputy Devon Anderson (Co-Chair)
Diocese of Minnesota
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Deputy Jack Tull (Co-Chair)
Diocese of Florida
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Deputy Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
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Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Diocese of Chicago
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Deputy Sam Candler
Diocese of Atlanta 
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Deputy Keith Emerson 
Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Deputy Evan Garner
Diocese of Alabama
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The Rev. Bill Miller
Christ Church
Covington, Louisiana
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Deputy Richard Miller
Diocese of Southeast Florida
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Deputy Bonnie Perry
Diocese of Chicago
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TCGMC ad ver1 page 001When Gay Jennings speaks, Minnesota deputies listen! In January President Jennings challenged all deputies to raise $75,000 for Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary, and the Minnesota deputies accepted the challenge and ran with it.

On Sunday, June 7, the deputies will host the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville for a concert to benefit Episcopal Relief & Development. There are no reservations, charges at the door, or tickets required. Everyone is invited to simply show up, enjoy some of the Twin Cities’ premier entertainers, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy appetizers and beverages. The hat will be passed during the concert as a free will offering.

Dwyer MN

The Rev. John Dwyer, clergy deputy and rector of St. Christopher’s, created the event. Dwyer, who also serves on the Chorus Board, says, “EpiscopalRelief & Development's stated mission of ‘healing a hurting world’ parallels one of the primary missions of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus:  reaching out to those hurt by intolerance and prejudice and assisting in bringing about change by building community through music. As part of its outreach mission, the Chorus has performed many concerts to assist organizations like Episcopal Relief & Development.”

“The Chorus has also traveled to places where GLBT individuals are very often not treated well, bravely bringing their message of equality and the need for social change to areas that desperately need to hear these voices.”

“I know a number of members of the Chorus who have been hurt by the religious intolerance of their childhood and youth,” says Dwyer. “To have these individuals be welcomed into a religious setting, and at the same time help an international relief organization like Episcopal Relief & Development, is healing centered in the mission of Jesus and an act I find truly inspiring.”

The deputation is optimistic that the event will reap huge rewards for the campaign, which culminates at General Convention this summer. To support the campaign, donate online.

The Minnesota deputation is: (Clergy) Devon Anderson, LeeAnne Watkins, Doug Sparks, John Dwyer, and Janet McNally (first alternate); (Laity) Jim Huber, Sally Johnson, Amanda Ziebell-Finley, Gail Sheddy, and Sue Trienbach (first alternate).

Devon Anderson is the rector of Trinity Church in Excelsior, Minnesota and is the co-chair of Minnesota’s deputation to General Convention.  

On Epiphany, January 6, a committee of deputies announced a campaign to raise $75,000 for Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary campaign. After one month, the effort has raised $24,283—32% of its goal—and deputies across the church are organizing creative fundraising projects to push the total over the top.

Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Diocese of Chicago is organizing a team of 12 runners to compete in the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, a 200-mile overnight relay from Logan, in northern Utah, along the back of the Wasatch Mountains in the Rockies, ending at Soldier Hollow, the Olympic venue in Midway, Utah. The race takes place on June 19-20, and each runner will collect donations per mile to benefit Episcopal Relief & Development.

Eight runners have committed to the team, called the Steeple Chasers. In addition to Baskerville-Burrows, deputy runners include Sierra Wilkinson Reyes of the Diocese of Georgia and Karla Woggon of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Other runners include former Chicago deputy Jacqueline Cameron; Ila Allen, a community team member from Chicago; and Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson, partners in Canticle Communications. Scott Stoner, founder of Living Compass, will run and has also contributed the team’s registration fee to ensure that all contributions directly benefit Episcopal Relief & Development.

“We’re looking for four more runners to run between 11 and 20 miles in three legs over the course of the race,” says Baskerville-Burrows. “Speed isn’t important—just a desire to have fun and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development! We also need non-running volunteers who want to share the fun by bike pacing or offering other kinds of race support.” Interested runners and volunteers can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about how to participate.

El Salvador ERD 2006In 2006, I had been the Episcopal Relief & development diocesan coordinator for the Diocese of Florida for about five years. Episcopal Relief & Development put together a mission trip for diocesan coordinators to go to El Salvador to learn about the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to help with the building of the last of five villages. In early 2001, two major earthquakes in El Salvador and 10,000 aftershocks left an estimated 1.5 million people homeless. Following the 2001 earthquakes, Episcopal Relief & Development partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador to rebuild devastated communities. This plan included the building of five different villages. Each village consisted of 30-35 homes, a church, a school, a medical clinic as well as the infrastructure.

Several of us making this mission trip were transported by the Diocese of El Salvador to the site of the fifth village under construction. My job was to haul dirt in a wheelbarrow and put it in the flooring areas of the new homes before the concrete was poured. I remember it being very hot and that I hadn’t done manual labor of this intensity for quite some time. While at the site we also helped with the replanting of the new villages local garden which was used for their food supply. I began to realize the significance of this work of Episcopal Relief & Development when we had a chance to visit one of the four other villages that had been occupied. I conversed with the local families in my broken Spanish (really more Italian) about the difference that this housing had meant in their lives. They told me it was not only the shelter but also that their children were in the local school, and their healthcare was taken care of by the local medical clinic and they as a family could attend the local church on Sundays where they could thank God for what they had been given. I visited the school where the children showed me the lessons they were learning and the impact it was making on their lives was evident. From homeless to prosperous, all through the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and the generous donors who make this ministry possible.

Feast of the Epiphany
January 6, 2015

Dear General Convention 2015 Deputies and Alternates:

In November, House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings wrote to you with news of a deputy-led campaign in celebration of Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th anniversary. Today, with great hope and excitement, we are kicking off that effort. Our goal is to raise $75,000 between today, the Feast of the Epiphany, and the end of General Convention 2015. We are writing to invite you and your deputation to participate in this joyful effort, which we are calling “Deputies Helping to Heal a Hurting World.”

Below you will find all the information you will need to participate. If each deputy and alternate personally donates (or raises) $100, we will more than meet our goal.

Join the Fun!

How your deputation participates in this campaign is up to you, and the sky is the limit.

Just to sweeten the pot, here is an incentive: Deputy William Miller of the Diocese of Hawaii, author of The Beer Drinker's Guide to God,” will host a beer tasting at the Beer Hive Pub in Salt Lake City during General Convention for the deputation that raises the most money in the campaign. The winning deputation will be announced during the first legislative day of the House of Deputies at General Convention.

Deputations across the country have already begun to consider how they might participate in the campaign.

Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Diocese of Chicago is heading up a team of runners for the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, which happens the weekend before General Convention begins in Salt Lake City. Living Compass, a wellness ministry based in Milwaukee, has donated the entry fees for the team, so all pledges made in support of runners will be donations to Episcopal Relief & Development. Watch the monthly House of Deputies newsletter for information on how to sponsor a runner.

House of Deputies President Gay Jennings has issued a challenge to deputies who want an incentive to get in shape and drop some excess pounds. Together deputies will take pledges per pound, and starting today (Epiphany), begin working to get fit and benefit Episcopal Relief & Development with every pound lost. Want to participate? Email Betsey Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started.

What is Deputies Helping to Heal a Hurting World?

It's an exciting campaign House of Deputies campaign in support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary.

When is it happening?

The campaign begins at Epiphany and ends at General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City.

What's our goal?

Our goals are to raise $75,000 toward the overall campaign goal of $7.5 million, to share stories about our experiences with Episcopal Relief & Development, and to help deputies and the wider church know more about the organization’s life-saving work. President Gay Jennings writes, "I hope that all deputies will participate in the campaign in some way—by sharing a story, spreading the word, and making a contribution of any size."

Who's making it happen?

Deputies! We hope that all deputies who are able will consider a contribution of $100 or more. Some deputies are already coming up with creative fundrasising ideas: 

  • Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Diocese of Chicago is heading up a team of runners for the Ragnar RelayWasatch Back, which happens the weekend before General Convention begins in Salt Lake City. Living Compass, a wellness ministry based in Milwaukee, has donated the entry fees for the team, so all pledges made in support of runners will be donations to Episcopal Relief & Development.
  • Deputy William Miller of the Diocese of Hawaii, author of “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God,” will host a beer tasting at the Beer Hive Pub in Salt Lake City during General Convention for the deputation that raises the most money in the campaign.
  • President Gay Jennings has decided to challenge deputies who want an incentive to get in shape and drop some excess pounds. "We’ll take pledges per pound," she writes, "and on Epiphany, we’ll begin working to get fit and benefit Episcopal Relief & Development with every pound we lose.

If you have a creative idea, we can help with custom fundraising pages, publicity, and more. Talk with House of Deputies campaign steering committee co-chair Deputy Devon Anderson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more. Other faitful and hardworking committee members include co-chair Deputy Jack Tull, and Deputies Rosalie Ballentine, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Sam Candler, Keith Emerson, Evan Garner, Richard Miller, Bill Miller, Bonnie Perry, and Melanie Stewart.

How can I contribute?

Give online at this webpage just for the House of Deputies campaign, or send a check to "Episcopal Relief & Development" with "75th Anniversary - HOD" in the memo line and send your check to:

Episcopal Relief & Development
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058

Here's a page with all of the details on how to contribute:

 icon Deputies Helping to Heal a Hurting World Ways to Give

First Sunday of Advent 2014

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies:

Not too long after I was elected president of the House of Deputies in 2012, I got a call from Rob Radtke, who is the president of Episcopal Relief & Development. He asked if I would lead a pilgrimage to Ghana to visit some of the programs of the Anglican Diocesan and Development Relief Organisation, one of Episcopal Relief & Development’s partners. These programs, sponsored by the Diocese of Tamale, fight poverty and help prevent malaria and other diseases that kill nearly 8% of the country’s children before their fifth birthday.

Gay with deputies in GhanaNearly 20 of us, including seven deputies, traveled in Ghana for a week, meeting community organizers, farmers, food security experts, small business people and church officials committed to, in the words of ADDRO’s core values, “empowering and liberating communities for transformation.” In Ghana, we saw God working through the contributions of Episcopal Relief & Development’s supporters.

I came home as an evangelist for Episcopal Relief & Development and its work across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. So when I learned that the organization’s 75th anniversary campaign would culminate at General Convention in 2015, I knew that the House of Deputies would play an important role.