The Mission & Outreach (M&O) Committee offers parishioners the opportunity to respond personally to Jesus Christ's command to care for those in need. Financially, the Cathedral allocates 10% of its previous year's plate and pledge income (the Biblical tithe) to these initiatives. In selecting recipients, the committee looks for multiple opportunities for long-term personal involvement, to appeal to a wide range of skills and to utilize interests amongst parishioners.
Some of our current companion relationships include the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School in Ramallah, West Bank, local support of LGBT youths through Le Refuge and a collaborative project with Amelie's Angels and St Mark's parish in Palo Alto, California to build a school for students in Pecasse, Haiti.
We bear witness to an Episcopal Church that, by its concrete actions, promotes inclusion and diversity. With the achievement of access to ordination and marriage equality, many LGBT advocates have reasonably asked, “Is our work finished?”. Groupe Lambda, the Cathedral’s bilingual parish group for theological reflection and fellowship on LGBT issues, is trying to answer that question. Some of us met in July 2016 to discuss this, and a larger and more diverse group will meet on Saturday, November 4th.
Pôle Famille held its first ecumenical retreat on the weekend of the 25-27th of August. This group is a division of the “Carrefour de Chrétiens Inclusifs” (CCI) movement (Crossroads for Inclusive Christians) that seeks to bring together LGBTQI* Christians and promote their rights.
Twice a week, volunteers for the Red Cross visit people in the streets of the 17th arrondissement to address a range of basic needs. David Guilbert, a member of the Cathedral Association and volunteer for the Red Cross, talks about his experiences.
The Mission and Outreach committee would like to thank all of the parishioners and guests who attended the "Awareness-raising" event for the Hampaté Bâ school "Food for Thought" program on Friday evening.
63-year-old Harry Bielskis, a former bus driver from Portland, Oregon, was deported in 2013 to Germany, the country of his birth—and yet a country Harry had not set foot in since he was four years old, when he and his parents immigrated to the US.
If you drop by the Cathedral on any Friday around 11 am, you are sure to notice the buzz of activity that precedes the Friday Mission Lunch. If you come inside, you will also notice the smell of delicious food and hear the laughter and hum of activity wafting out from the kitchen doors...
Changing your body, mind and spirit for Lent 2017 through the practice of yoga and meditation at the American Cathedral.
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The Cathedral’s Mission and Outreach Committee provides grants for a number of international missions as part of our effort to be the hands and feet of Christ. A recent one-time grant to Rafiki Ya Maisha in Kenya supports poverty alleviation.
This year in Lent, the Bible study group will undertake a journey through the Gospel of John, focusing on the deeper spiritual meanings tradition tells us to seek.
Parishioners also give of their time and talents providing, among many other things, career counselling and computer training to socially marginalised individuals in the Paris suburbs through association with HOME and Maison des Tilleuls. In addition, volunteers can participate in a mission lunch every Friday for as many as 65 people in difficulty, and spearhead the preparation of more than 2,000 Love In A Box gifts for children in need every Christmas.
For more information on how you can help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about our Friday Mission Lunch, and how you can get involved, click here.