Welcome to the Global Concerns Committee Page!
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:16–18)
Reconciliation is the work of Christ, to unite all people of all walks of life into the Kingdom of God. Because reconciliation is the work of Christ, it is, therefore the work of the church.
Racial justice is an issue that appears throughout our history as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). However, the Reconciliation ministry of the church officially began at the General Assembly in 1968 with the approval of Reconciliation: The Urban Emergency Program of the Christian Church. Its mission was to work to dismantle racism in our church and society. Reconciliation was reaffirmed as a permanent ministry of the church in 1972. Our 20/20 Vision, adopted at the 2001 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO, included the mandate for the Disciples to become an Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciling Church, a phrase that has recently been changed to a Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racist (PR/AR) Church.
Every fall, Disciples give to a special offering to further the work of Reconciliation Ministries. One half of all funds sent in by congregations in a region is used to fund major Reconciliation projects. The other half returns to the region to fund projects and mission begun and/or sponsored by Disciples congregations in their communities.
The objective of the Reconciliation ministries in the Trinity-Brazos Area is to undergird the Mission Priority set forth by the General Assembly to become a PR/AR Church. As members of the Body of Christ, we claim an anti-racist identity that empowers, heals, and makes whole. We partner with others in our congregations and communities to create opportunities that address the divisions caused by racism. Our work takes many forms: workshops; community forums; local and regional missions that require us to confront injustices resulting from and/or intensified by racism.
Purpose of the Reconciliation Ministry Team:
To promote the annual Reconciliation Offering within the congregations of the Trinity-Brazos Area.
To communicate the vision and goals of the Reconciliation Ministry in creative and compelling ways to TBA congregations and groups.
To receive, administer, and award Reconciliation grants in accordance with the guidelines.
To offer and participate in PR/AR annual trainings.
Reconciliation Grant Guidelines
In order to answer God's call to further the vision of a transformed, anti-racist, multi-cultural church, we will award grants to churches and non-profits in the Trinity-Brazos Area that seek support for projects or programs that aim to
- Foster healthy conversations on racism in a community;
- Empower marginalized communities or cultivate relationships between communities;
- Change the systems that cause racial discrimination;
- Change attitudes through education, personal involvement, and shared/common experience; and/or
- Creatively address current social problems specific to a community.
Grants will not be considered for projects/programs that:
- Deliver goods or services that are already provided in the community (duplication of services);
- Underwrite salaries for staff whose duties are primarily aimed at other tasks; or
- Fund capital expenditure such as building, fixtures, building renovations, or high-cost equipment.
- Applications are reviewed by the Global Concerns Committee/Reconciliation Team. Grants range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and are intended to seed new initiatives.
- Successful projects and funding requests will target the systemic problems of racism in our communities and churches.
- In accordance with Resolution 0731 (2007 General Assembly), entitled Recommendations Concerning Reconciliation Mission, grants under this program are intended to combat racism and its root systemic causes. Grants may be used for anti-poverty works only if such works contribute directly to the work of racial justice and reconciliation.
- Only 501c3 organizations located within the Trinity-Brazos Area in good IRS standing are eligible to apply.
- TBA congregations that apply must contribute to the annual Reconciliation Offering.
- Non-profits that apply must be sponsored by a TBA congregation.
- Collaboration is encouraged, for example between Disciples congregations, local schools, police departments, non-profit agencies, or other denominations and faith traditions.
- Funds will be distributed after the TBA Office has received the signed Conditions of Grant Agreement included with the award announcement letter.
- Grant recipients may receive a visit from Reconciliation Team members during the course of the year to encourage and observe the project/program.
- Grant recipients are required to submit a complete Grant Evaluation Form no later than 14 months after the program or event has taken place. For one-day events/programs funded by the grant, submission of the Grant Evaluation Form should occur within 3 months after the event. The report form is designed to allow the committee to be good stewards of funds and to allow future recipients to learn from past experiences. The Team is especially interested in receiving photos, press clippings, and other materials to showcase accomplishments; such items may be used later by the TBA in its publications.
- The grant period will be for 12 months with. Approved projects may be renewed for a second year upon application request. No further funding will be provided beyond two years for the same project. No organization will be funded for more than two consecutive years.
- Failure to submit a complete Grant Evaluation Form will disqualify the recipient from consideration of future funding for a period of one year.
Application Due: July 1
Funding Decision by: Fall TBA Board Meeting (usually October)