“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Art in its fullest sense -- paintings, illustrations, sculpture, the written word, plays, music, dancing, and even architecture -- has been used throughout the history of the Church and well before, to tell the stories of the Bible. From the Lindisfarne Gospels to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, from Medieval Miracle plays to Jesus Christ Superstar, from choirs singing Evensong to Bach’s great Passion masterpieces, the arts have been central to the life and wellbeing of the church.
We are surrounded in our own churches by art. The crosses, wall hangings, paintings, the hassocks we kneel on, the photographs we take as records of our life, stain glass windows that light up when the light streams through them, the drawings and models that are made in Sunday school and the hymns that we sing are all forms of art that we enjoy every Sunday.
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The fund is dedicated to supporting both the visual and performing arts in the parishes and missions of the Convocation. The goal is to invest the money and use the income to provide grants to the parishes and missions of the Convocation. There are some very talented people in our midst and the fund will be there to encourage our creativity.
It is managed by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church (DFMS) and grants will be awarded to the Convocation’s parishes and missions according to guidelines approved by the Council of Advice. The fund will not pay for organists or choirmasters, or contribute to on-going programs that have access to other sources of money but, subject to the guidelines - it might, for example, support a new music composition, a special performance, an exhibition, something creative that congregations or individuals in the congregations would not be able to do on their own.
As a fund of the DFMS, all donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
Ways to Give...
Give by Credit Card through the Convocation’s Tithe.ly account:
- Online through our website click on the logo in the small box below the rotator on the home page;
- By entering the direct link https://tithe.ly/give?c=423302 into your browser;
- By downloading the tithely app onto your phone from http://get.tithe.ly/download-tithely-app/
Enter the amount you wish to give (in USD), your card number, CVV and expiry date, your email address and full name. You may add a memo if you wish (for example if you are giving a donation in
Other ways to give:
Bank Name: US Bank
Bank Address: St. Paul, Minnesota
ABA Number: 123000848
SWIFT Code (International wires): USBKUS44IMT
Account Name: Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
Account #: 153 910 784 211
(If using this method please notify Sunny Hallanan and Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre of the transfer).
Please make payable to the "Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society," with a memo for the WFCA or The Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts. Checks should be mailed to:
N. Kurt Barnes
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
The Episcopal Church
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Transfer of Stock:
Please see https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/contribution_instructions_2018.pdf for details.
For additional Information contact:
Administrator at St. Paul's Within the Walls, Rome
+39 06 48833 39