Projects receiving support in the latest round in 2019 include:

  • a new Tolmie Region Youth initiative
  • a co-operative undertaking by three parishes on the Saanich Peninsula for workshops to deepen understanding with local First Nations
  • a conference about end-of-life issues on Pender Island
  • another diocesan silent retreat organized out of St. Philip, Oak Bay
  • an innovative approach to liturgy, arts and prayer for next year’s Season of Creation at St. John the Divine Victoria
  • a new monthly community meal at St. John, Port Alice
  • Subsidies for new computer purchases in parishes/ministries of the diocese
  • Video production of a eco-theology lecture series presented by St George, Cadboro Bay

Reports continue to come in highlighting the lasting positive impacts of previous Vision Fund grants.  The new Chapel Art Gallery at St. Matthias in Victoria, and the Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living and Practice on Salt Spring Island, both of which received start-up support from the Vision Fund, are now thriving on a self-sustaining basis, offering rich and busy schedules of events that attract large and diverse audiences. 

Further north, community service programs organized with the help of the Vision Fund out of St. John Gualbert Anglican/United Church in Port McNeill are now touching approximately one in every three residents every month.  

Five university students were assisted by the Vision Fund to walk part of the Camino in Spain earlier this year; in September, they testified during a Sunday service at the UVic Interfaith Chapel to the power of that pilgrimage to form, and transform, their spiritual lives.  A new grant will provide a similar opportunity to other stdents to travel to the Holy Land next spring. 

and

Faith In Action

 # of Projects Funded

(to Dec 2019)

 $K

Engaging God’s World
Reconciliation and Beyond
Emerging Communities

Subtotal

13
12
12

37

99.4
146.8
87.27

$333,509

 Faith in Formation

 

 

Youth & Family Life
Lay Ministry & Leadership Formation
Worship Resources

Subtotal

10
3
1

14

70.5
12.1
5

$87,655

ith in Foundation

 

 

Current Ministries
Shared & Remote Ministries
Financial Resources
Asset Management
Effective Communication 

Subtotal

TOTAL

7
1
0
4
2

14

65

43.2 point
21.8
0
27.5
17.5

$110,049

$531,2013