On Behalf of the Diocese of Maryland and Memorial Episcopal Church, we are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between the Episcopal Service Corps of Maryland (ESC-MD) and Memorial Episcopal Church.
As you may know, ESC-MD, as part of the national network of Episcopal Service Corps programs, offers year-long placements for young adults, called Gileads in Baltimore. These corps members are offered an opportunity to, in the words of Bishop Sutton, Encounter Christ and Engage the World. Every year a group of Gileads come to Baltimore and then they fan out across the city to do God’s work with their site partners, and come together to pray, laugh, live and grow in their faith and in their common life together.
When it became clear that ESC-MD’s Gileads needed a new home Memorial immediately became a top choice. In addition to its central location, proximity to transit and a safe and vibrant neighborhood, Memorial’s half-century commitment to social justice and long tradition of forming young people makes them a natural partner.
With their vestry’s unanimous approval, beginning in August, the Memorial community will welcome the 7th group of ESC-MD Gileads, six young people from around the country, into their fold for a year-long, life changing experience. History with ESC-MD tells us that not only are the Gileads changed during the year but so are all those they encounter — a congregation worshipping next door, a neighborhood, a city, a diocese.
The partnership agreement between Memorial, ESC-MD and the Diocese of Maryland for space usage includes sharing Memorial’s rectory for the next few years. The church offices and the Gilead residence will ensure the continuance of this historic building as a place of prayer and hospitality.
This is an exciting new chapter for ESC-MD and for Memorial’s mission and commitment to social justice. We look forward to welcoming the Gileads in August. We invite your prayers and petitions for this new partnership, for our shared continuing commitment to a better Baltimore and a better world.