One Body & One Spirit Emergency Appeal
March 27, 2020
| “For in the one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body.” 1 Cor. 12:13a
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. The global health crisis has affected the life of each member of our diocesan family – each of us, and all our neighbors. You are all in my prayers daily as you continue to devote yourself to the work of the gospel. Each day, I know, you are caring for yourselves and those you love, serving your neighbor and those most at risk, and continuing to support your church family by praying, worshiping, reaching out to those who are most isolated, and remembering to send in your generous pledge.
Some among us are affected more severely than others. In the body of Christ, when one suffers, we all do. In the family of God as in all our families, when one family member is struggling, everyone pitches in to help.
That’s what it really means when we say, as we often do these days, “We’re all in this together.”
All gifts to the One Body & One Spirit Emergency Appeal will be used to assist congregations, schools, affiliated institutions, and their employees most deeply affected by the pandemic and related economic crisis. Details are below about making gifts on-line and by mail. You will receive an acknowledgement by email or U.S. Mail containing information about tax deductibility.
As funds accumulate, we will begin accepting applications from clergy in charge of congregations, heads of school, and directors of diocesan social service institutions on behalf of their respective organizations and staff colleagues. Look back here soon for more information about the application process.
Bishop Bruce, Canon McCarthy, and I are each making $1000 gifts.
Please join us. We are all branches of the same vine. We are one in the Spirit and in the body of Christ. We are all in this together, in the shadow of crisis while always moving toward the unquenchable light, glorifying God and caring for God’s people each day.
Yours in Christ’s love,
The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor
Bishop of Los Angeles
Campaña de Emergencia Un Cuerpo y Un Espíritu
27 de marzo de 2020
“Pues por un mismo Espíritu todos fuimos bautizados en un solo cuerpo.” —1 Corintios 12: 13a
Saludos en el nombre de Jesucristo. La crisis de salud global ha afectado la vida de cada miembro de nuestra familia diocesana, cada uno de nosotros y todos nuestros vecinos. Todos ustedes están en mis oraciones diariamente mientras continúan dedicándose a la obra del evangelio. Cada día, yo sé, se están cuidando a sí mismos y a sus seres queridos, sirviendo a su prójimo y a los que están en mayor riesgo, y continúan apoyando a la familia de su iglesia orando, adorando, comunicándose con los más aislados y recordando de enviar su generosa promesa.
Algunos de nosotros nos vemos más afectados que otros. En el cuerpo de Cristo, cuando uno sufre, todos sufrimos. En la familia de Dios como en todas nuestras familias, cuando un miembro de la familia está luchando, todos colaboramos.
Eso es lo que realmente significa cuando decimos, como solemos hacer en estos días, “Estamos todos juntos en esto”.
Todos los obsequios a la Campaña de Emergencia Un Cuerpo y Un Espíritu se utilizarán para ayudar a congregaciones, escuelas, instituciones afiliadas y a sus empleados más afectados por la pandemia y la crisis económica relacionada. A continuación, se encuentran detalles sobre cómo hacer los regalos en línea y por correo. Recibirán un acuse de recibo por correo electrónico o correo postal con información sobre la deducibilidad de impuestos.
A medida que se acumulen los fondos, comenzaremos a aceptar solicitudes de clérigos a cargo de congregaciones, directores de escuelas y directores de instituciones diocesanas de servicios sociales en nombre de sus respectivas organizaciones y colegas del personal. Vuelva a revisar aquí pronto para obtener más información sobre el proceso de solicitud.
La Obispa Bruce, La Canóniga McCarthy y yo estamos dando un reglao de $1000 cada uno.
Por favor únanse a nosotros. Todos somos ramas de la misma parra. Somos unos en el Espíritu y en el cuerpo de Cristo. Todos estamos juntos en esto, en la sombra de la crisis, mientras nos movemos siempre hacia la luz inextinguible, glorificando a Dios y cuidando al pueblo de Dios cada día.
Si prefieren hacer su donación con un cheque, hágalo pagadero a “La Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles”, destinado hacia la “campaña de emergencia”, y envíelo por correo a la dirección a continuación.
Gracias por su generosidad y amor.
Suyo en el amor de Cristo,
El Reverendísimo John Harvey Taylor
Obispo de Los Ángeles
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Ángeles, CA 90026
If you would prefer to make your donation by check, please make it payable to “The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles,” earmarked “Emergency Appeal,” and mail it to the address below. Thank you for your generosity and love.
Bishop John Harvey Taylor
c/o the Rev. Michele Racusin
Chief Financial Officer
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
840 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
| Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Emergency Appeal?
The Emergency Appeal is an eight-week campaign with a goal of raising $5 million or more to
assist congregations, schools, affiliated institutions, and their employees most deeply affected
by the pandemic and related economic crisis.
Why is this Emergency Appeal needed?
The global health crisis has affected the life of each member of our diocesan family – each of
us, and all our neighbors. This appeal is an opportunity to come together to share God’s love
even when we are confined to our own homes. Our essential goal is to provide relief to our
congregations, schools, and institutions that are faced with the challenge of the lack of in-person
Why are we doing this campaign now?
We are faced with not being able to gather and support one another as a church for the time
being. This is unprecedented in our history. Our churches and institutions cannot operate in the
same ways. We must ensure that our most vulnerable and those surviving week to week have
the support to weather the current situation.
What happens when I give to the Emergency Appeal?
When you support the Emergency Appeal, you invest in your brothers and sisters in Christ. This
Diocese is home to more than 150 congregations, schools, and affiliated institutions. Your donation
will empower one more congregation, school, institution to continue their vibrant ministry.
Why shouldn’t I give solely to my local congregation instead?
Local support and Diocesan support should not be either/or choices. No congregation on its
own can accomplish all its goals, and no Diocese can succeed independent of its members.
This collaboration allows our Church to accomplish the most that it possibly can in times of
emergency. Our priority is for local congregations to be supported. The Emergency Appeal is
the opportunity to have a broader impact for those congregations that cannot support
How much should I give to the campaign?
Families are asked to prayerfully consider making a meaningful commitment over and above
their regular giving. It is our hope that every family will make a donation to the campaign. We
realize that everyone cannot give the same amount as we all have different financial
circumstances. Therefore, we are seeking equal sacrifices rather than equal gifts. We ask that
each family contribute a sacrificial gift that is meaningful to them.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, donations to the Emergency Appeal are 100% tax deductible. If you have questions or live
outside of the United States, please contact your tax advisor. Your receipt will include the Tax
What methods of payments do you accept?
To make fulfillment of a donation as easy as possible, we are accepting many forms of payment
including, but not limited to: credit card, bank account transfer, and check. If you are interested
in any of these, please follow the respective prompt on the donation page.
How can I request a grant?
Grants may be requested by clergy in charge of congregations, heads of school, and directors
of diocesan social service institutions on behalf of their respective organizations and staff
colleagues. Once applications have been received the Special Committee on Incorporation of
Parishes and Admission of Missions will determine distribution of funds.
Will there be full reporting of the appeal?
Yes. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles will continue to update the Emergency Appeal
website, reporting on funds raised and funds distributed.