Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
Episcopal Charities and Community Services
To transform lives, Episcopal Charities and Community Services supports and strengthens its partner agencies, congregational outreach programs, and other faith-based ministries of Christian service that offer hope to all people in the Diocese of Chicago.
Episcopal Church Women
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) ministry is centered in congregations and empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.
ECW is deeply involved in the United Thank Offering (UTO), a personal and family devotional program of the Episcopal Church. Through this program participants give thanks to God for the blessings in their lives by placing coins or bills in a blue cardboard mite box, known as “the Blue Box” each day. The following year, 100 percent of those offerings are awarded as grants to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Since 1889, UTO has collected and granted $138,629,911.07 to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion through 5,257 grants.
Members of the diocese wishing to apply for a grant must contact the Chicago diocesan coordinator.
Grant applications are available on the first Friday of September. Young Adult and Seminarian Grant applications are due the first Friday of February. Annual Grant applications are due the first Friday of March.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency that offers a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church of the United States.
Tim Murray, a parishioner at St. Mark’s Barrington, is our diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development. He can be reached by email.