“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.
In honor of the Convocation’s first elected full-time Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, the Transition Committee and Council of Advice are inviting both individuals and congregations to donate money to set up THE WHALON FUND FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS.
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 Board of Foreign Parishes 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 Board of Foreign Parishes, all donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
You can 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
- By entering the direct link https://tithe.ly/give?c=423302 into your browser
- By downloading the tithely app onto your phone from
Tithe.ly may ask you to create an account (email and password).
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 honor of someone else, or a special occasion). You may choose to cover the card processing fees so that the Fund receives the full amount of your donation; you may also set up automated giving, whereby the sum you choose will be automatically debited from your card at regular intervals. You will receive a receipt by email.
Other ways to give:
Wire transfer to -
Account name: Board of Foreign Parishes 33-88598618706
Account number: 000112046
Routing Number (if requested): 021001088
USD Checks -
Payable to the Board of Foreign Parishes, with a memo for the Whalon Fund 88598618706. Should be sent to Bob Edgar (contact the Convocation office for the address)
Transfer of Stock -
Contact Bob Edgar for details of how to do this (contact the Convocation office for the address).
By check, made out to The Board of Foreign Parishes PECUSA and ‘Whalon Fund’ in the memo line
By transfer of stock (please contact Mr. Robert V. Edgar for details)
At the end of the year, you will receive a tax receipt annotating all the donations you have made during the financial year.