We believe in One Church. Today, we write to share with you the needs and the hope embodied by the start of the One Church Fund.
Our hope is this: that we might give generously and ask for what we need to ensure the whole body of Christ endures.
We believe that all parts of the body of Christ are necessary. You are necessary. And, at this terrible moment when so many people are suffering because of the COVID19, some parts of the body of Christ are suffering more than others. As members of the body of Christ, we cannot say “I have no need of you.”
The need is growing and urgent now for the parts of the body of Christ that are suffering the most. Immigrant churches and Black churches have long served an outsized role in tending the needs of their communities, providing education, banking, health care, food, clothing, mental health and spiritual support, because other institutions refused care. Now, the populations they serve are experiencing increasing needs at a time of decreasing local resources.
Through the One Church Fund, we aim to get more resources to churches like:
Ministerios Cristo El Rey, a 2016 church plant on Blue Hill Ave in Dorchester, MA ministering to people speaking Spanish. Pastors Richard and Evelyanne Piette serve a community that includes many undocumented Christians and people without access to banks. Read more about their struggles, past fundraising efforts, and what resources they need on the OneChurch.Fund website.
For these churches and so much many more, we ask the parts of the Body of Christ that have resources to give to the One Church Fund to support both short-term financial needs and long-term relationships.
To the divided Church in Corinth, St. Paul speaks of the indispensable need of all parts of the Body of Christ and the obligation to prioritize. When Jesus prayed that his followers be one, he prayed for this unity so that the world would believe in the One who sent him. Our very witness in a reconciling God is at stake in this moment. Read today's press release and be proud to be an active member in the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
Through the One Church Fund, the Massachusetts Council of Churches prioritizes the financial, practical, and relational support of immigrant, Black, poor, unhoused, and unaffiliated churches.
Now is the time for those who can give through the One Church Fund to support both short-term financial needs and long-term relationships. Through your contribution, you are building capacity to care for all of God’s people. Give generously and ask for what you need to ensure the whole body of Christ survives.
Revs. Laura Everett, Meagan Mannas, Carrington Moore and Kenneth Young- MCC staff
President Jennie Barrett Siegal, Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman, Leonardo Espinosa, Madeleine Forrer, Thatcher Freeborn, Fr. Samuel Hanna, Rev. Dr. Jay Williams and Rev. KyungMoon Yoon -MCC Executive Board
Rev. Deborah Jackson, Canon Steve Abdow, Immediate Past President Anthony Barsamian- Fundraising Team (in formation)
Rev. David Wright, Jin Min Lee- Disbursement Team (in formation)
Chief Lori Nelson, Strategic Partner
PS: We believe that everyone has a gift to give. The One Church Mutual Aid effort allows you to share a skill or seek a skill. Are you able to edit videos? Write thank you notes? A lawyer or accountant with time to donate? Or are you looking for some help in learning how to use Zoom for worship? Assistance in pastoral care? Check out the One Church Mutual Aid effort to build up the Church and share your gift.