What is Courageous Love?
Christian hope is loving hope, it is courageous hope. In Jesus, God’s love has been poured into our hearts, and it is God’s love that we are giving to the world. At the beginning of her episcopacy, Bishop Susan began to enact the vision of courageous love for each other and our communities. This work began by comprising a diocesan strategic plan in 2019. Not long after the completion of this plan, the world was brought to a halt as we addressed the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as we addressed the myriad challenges this brought, the diocese courageously hoped that we could begin to move towards the aspirations set forth in this plan. The world may look different now, but the message of the gospel is unchangeable. Animated by the good news of Jesus Christ, the Diocese intends to be a growing, diverse, worshiping community of Jesus Christ’s followers, courageously sharing God’s transforming love in our neighborhoods and beyond.
The 2020 Diocesan Strategic Plan established that a fundraising campaign would be required to meet the plan’s objectives. In September 2021, EDSD staff began to review previous giving in the diocese in preparation for a future fundraising campaign. Between December 2021 and March 2022, lead donors across the diocese were interviewed. From April to October 2022, major donors were surveyed. In January 2023, the Executive Council authorized the Bishop to nominate a committee to guide campaign development and make final recommendations to the Bishop and Council. In July 2023, the campaign committee’s recommendation was reviewed by the budget committee and then submitted to the Executive Council, which approved the Courageous Love campaign. Directed by diocesan leadership, the Courageous Love fund will support the efforts of our strategic plan to strengthen congregations, serve our neighbors, and grow the church.
The Episcopal Church has a vital and essential witness to offer the world: God loves every human being – and through God’s Son, Jesus, God offers redemption, hope, and promise to all creation. We must proclaim this witness courageously and imaginatively, in word and action. The Courageous Love fund will support the efforts of our strategic plan to strengthen congregations, serve our neighbors, and grow the church. Our goal is to raise $2.5 million to answer God’s call to mission in our diocese.