By ESC Director
ESCMD’s Advisory Board announces a year of reflection during the 2018-2019 program year which began August 1. In the coming year, the Advisory Board will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the gift God has given us in the Gilead program. Nearly fifty Gileads have participated in the transformational program since its first class in 2011. After seven years, it is appropriate to reflect on its successes and determine where the program can grow as it seeks to promote justice and change in Baltimore.
During the coming year, the Gilead Residence remains open as an intentional community. The Advisory Board and Director are already at work reflecting and evaluating as they prepare for the eighth incoming class in August 2019. This winter, another six or seven young adults will be selected as Gileads to serve in Baltimore for the 2019-2020 program year.
Our national ESC network this year, at the invitation of General Convention, is becoming part of the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Formation. This will bring exciting new ways of recruiting and support to the entire ESC network, as we raise faithful leaders committed to community, justice, prayer, service, vocation.
ESCMD Class #7 has completed their year of service. They join forty-one other alumni of ESCMD as they now head to new ministry and work as varied as parish ministry in Baltimore to teaching English in Thailand. Some are discerning calls to ordained ministry; some are certain their call is to lay ministry. All know they are called by God to continue the work of Beloved Community wherever they go.
For the coming year, ESCMD will look a little different. Your support is more essential than ever. In order to adequately review the program, develop partnerships, and recruit the next class, your financial help and prayers are necessary. Please consider making a contribution to ESCMD. Add ESCMD to your prayer lists. Our Team ESCMD runs again and we hope you’ll join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/1545817712384536/ http://www.escmaryland.org/baltimore-running-festival-team/ Follow us on Facebook and check our website for regular updates as ESCMD strives to fulfill its mission.