January Forums

Aspiring to Love, Part III

When William Penn founded a city on the banks of the Delaware River in the 17th century, he took a unique approach to naming it. Instead of honoring a benefactor or the place he had come from, Penn named the city for a virtue. Drawing from the Greek words for “love” and “brother,” Penn called the city Philadelphia. Having escaped from religious persecution, this was not a superficial decision. Indeed, Penn hoped the colony he established would be a place of tolerance, mutuality, and fraternal love. From its very inception, in other words, Philadelphia was more than a place; it was an aspiration. 
For the last three years, one of our forum series has showcased some of the organizations in this area that are helping the communities around Philadelphia live up to its name. In January, we will revisit this theme, specifically highlighting organizations that Redeemer supports through the Outreach Grants Committee. Presenters from Episcopal Community Services, ElderNet, and other agencies will describe how their organizations are working to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us. Beginning on Sunday, January 7, we will learn how the organizations this parish supports are aspiring to love.
 
January 7
Church Farm School
Located in Exton, Church Farm School prepares a diverse group of boys to lead productive and fulfilling lives. As a Christian community in the Episcopal tradition, Church Farm School serves students of many different faiths and traditions who might not otherwise have opportunities for a college preparatory education. Join Head of School Edmund Sherrill as he discusses the mission and ministry of this institution.
 
January 21
ElderNet
Founded in 1976, ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth is a nonprofit organization that helps older individuals remain independent by providing a variety of free, practical services so they have access to healthcare and an improved quality of life. Staffed by professional social workers and trained volunteers, ElderNet serves adults of all ages, especially frail older or younger disabled persons with low to moderate incomes who reside in Lower Merion or Narberth. Join representatives from ElderNet as they describe the important work of this organization.
 
January 28
Episcopal Community Services
Since its inception almost 150 years ago, Episcopal Community Services has endeavored to serve vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area. By empowering individuals and families to determine and follow their own paths, ECS is committed to transforming communities. In recent years, ECS has taken on the challenge of reducing intergenerational poverty by fostering economic independence and encouraging everyone to participate in sustainable, positive change for our communities. Join Victoria Sickes as she discusses ECS’s new strategic vision. ECS is one of the primary beneficiaries of the Outreach Grants program.
Last Published: January 4, 2018 5:20 PM