Trinity Wall Street has awarded five $25,000 grants to organizations within the Episcopal Church to launch new yearlong programs in which young adults live together in spiritual community and perform full-time service.
"Scripture and tradition teach that social transformation becomes possible when tools for change are embodied within the practices of young leaders and the communities that nurture them. Trinity Wall Street has made a commitment to raising a generation of leaders through its Spiritual Formation grants," said the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, Trinity's deputy for faith formation and Anglican partnerships.
The selected organizations will develop service programs within the areas of urban ministry, organic farming, feeding and homeless programs, community redevelopment, and education.
The awardees include Abundant Table Farm Project (California State University at Channel Islands and a local family farm), Beloved Community Residential Internship (Diocese of Louisiana), Episcopal Charities and Community Services (Chicago, Illinois), St. Hilda's House (Christ Church, New Haven and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (Connecticut)) and The Young Adult Urban Internship Program (Diocese of Newark).
"To me, churches are communities of re-orientation where we teach each other that better ways of life are possible. The Abundant Table Farming Project is one such community, a space to connect spirituality, justice, working the earth, and our local community in a creative response to the disconnection of our generation," said Sarah Bagge, a Abundant Table Farming Project young adult intern.
Spiritual formation and development in the Episcopal Church has been an area of focus for Trinity Grants since 1994. Beginning in 2009, the church sought to invest in service initiatives that focused on raising a generation of leaders in the church and the world for spiritual transformation.