Date: November 29, 2021
Since 1862, the Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) has financially supported Episcopal seminarians in their formation to serve Christ’s church. Like most Episcopal institutions, the EES mission has evolved, even pivoted, over the years. Today they award grants to seminarians, faculty, staff and their spouses and partners to implement ministry projects that will help develop the evangelism dimension of their vocation. In the contemporary context of decolonizing evangelism, EES dreams of an Episcopal Church that looks and acts like Jesus.
Of course, VTS has a rich history with EES. Both dynamic leadership and stellar grant work have come from the VTS community. Today, Dr. Lisa Kimball serves on the Board of Directors of EES. Current grantees include the Rev. Joe Hubbard ’21, Ashley Dobbs Hubbard ’22, Marybeth Sanders-Wilson ’23, and Jorin Hood. VTS alum Ms. Day Smith Pritchartt ‘99 serves as the executive director. Day will be on campus on Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 1 to meet with interested prospective applicants. I encourage you to introduce yourself to her after chapel, in Coffield Refectory, or in the Flamingo. She’s especially interested to hear what excites you and challenges you, in terms of Episcopal evangelism. And, if you’re interested, Day will help you discern a possible grant application. You may read more about EES grants here and watch a short video here. EES is committed to individual coaching for grant applicants, and Day encourages you to pitch your idea to her, at any stage of its development. She’ll even buy you a latte in the Flamingo. The next application deadline is February 7, 2022, so the timing is just right.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President