2021 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

You are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:48

Dear Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington,

As we approach the turning point of the coronavirus pandemic, I wish to take this moment to give thanks to God for the people of this diocese.

This time last year, we suspended the annual Bishop’s Appeal and replaced it with the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Appeal. Your faithful, generous support helped hundreds of individuals and families in our congregations and local communities who were suffering from food insecurity and other hardships. You are a blessing. Thank you.

Rest assured that our COVID-19 relief efforts continue; but now, with the gradual return to the former rhythms of our daily lives, we are moving into a new season of diocesan ministry and the second year of our strategic plan implementation. And I come to you once again, asking you to support the relaunched annual Bishop’s Appeal, so that we may draw people to Jesus and embody his love for the world by equipping faith communities, promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice.

This year, your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal will help us pursue our year-two strategic plan goals to:

  • Engage congregations in the diocese with the Signs of Parish Vitality and revitalization strategies, including the implementation of the Tending Our Soil initiative with 12 congregations.

  • Expand the School for Christian Faith and Leadership and strengthen its foundations.

  • Bravely uncover, understand, reckon with and act to dismantle racism within ourselves, our faith communities, the Diocese and our localities.

Please give today. Every donation will help us live into our call to serve and love as Jesus did.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
Bishop of Washington

P.S. You can read about the progress we made during the first year of our diocsean Strategic Plan implementation in our 2020 Annual Report to the Diocese.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Appeal

The economic toll of coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our communities:

  • Some members of our congregations are suffering from food insecurity and other hardships
  • EDOW congregations in low-income communities are an essential part of an increasingly fragile safety net for their most vulnerable neighbors

To respond to this crisis, the Diocese of Washington launched the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Appeal in the spring of 2020.

Every dollar raised goes to congregational leaders to provide direct emergency assistance for their members in need and for those in their surrounding communities.

Please see the eligibility criteria and application form.

Make a gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Appeal

Make a text gift to 50155 with the keyword edowcovid19 in the message.