Episcopal Relief & Development Anniversary Campaign

February 04, 2015

From Ash Wednesday through Pentecost, the Diocese of Chicago will participate in Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th anniversary campaign by asking young people and their adult teachers and leaders to raise funds for the campaign's Thrive to Five fund, which funds programs for maternal health, malaria prevention, and early childhood education.

A steering committee of Christian education leaders from across the diocese are asking Christian education, formation and youth leaders to help young people undertake a fundraising project. Episcopal Relief & Development has posted a variety of ideas on its website, which also offers Christian formation resources for children and youth.

To demonstrate the diocese's commitment to the motto, "It takes all hands to heal a hurting world," leaders are also asked to help children and young people in participating congregations to trace their hands, write a message if they like, and sign their first name. Hands can be send to Bishop Lee at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611. The hands will be taped to the windows of St. James Commons from the front door to the bishop's office.

An ingathering of contributions to the campaign will take place on Tuesday, May 19 at St. James Commons when Episcopal Relief & Development's touring exhibition of photos from its programs around the world will be on display at Kyle's Place.

During its 75th anniversary campaign, Episcopal Relief & Development is sharing 75 stories over 75 weeks illustrating the impact on lives transformed by their work.  Read these stories or sign up to receive them, find bulletin inserts and worship resources online, and find free donation boxes, pins, posters and other materials at Episcopal Marketplace.