Encounter

Does your Baltimore congregation participate in BUILD?

The current scandals plaguing City Hall only highlight a more urgent truth: Baltimore has operated for too many years without a clear vision or strategy, one that is independent of changes in our political leadership. As Baltimoreans, we simply cannot wait around for, or depend upon, any one single politician to cast a strategic vision. It is the job of a broader sector of leadership to create, support, and champion that vision.

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Girls’ Friendly Society

The Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS), the first organization for women in the Church of England, was founded in England in 1875 by Mary Elizabeth Townsend. The Industrial Revolution had sent thousands of young girls to cities from rural areas of the British Isles, and parents were, naturally, worried about the safety and well-being of their daughters. “To experience friendship and recreation in a fellowship of Christian love and service” was the aim of the Society, which helped these girls find jobs, provided housing, and acted as “in loco parentis”.

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The Episcopal Church General Convention Office announces 2021 Baltimore dates

“The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements and the General Convention Office are already hard at work to plan and enhance our meeting in Baltimore for the 80th General Convention,” noted the Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, executive officer and chair of the committee. “Building upon the successful innovations in Austin, and guided by the evaluations we received, the Committee is excited about our meeting in 2021.”

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Advocacy Opportunities in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

It’s been a busy legislative session full of advocacy days, media events, and hearings, and today is the crossover date when bills need to have be passed and sent to the other house. Thank you for all that you have done. Most recently, Senate and House Committees have held hearings on the Prescription Drug Affordability Board (SB759 / HB768) and the Health Insurance Down Payment Plan (SB 802 / HB814).

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From the Archives: Holy Trinity Church, Baltimore

Quoting a history of Holy Trinity Church written by Howard H. Evans in 1978, “The Supreme Court ruled in 1948 that restrictive covenants – private agreements barring members of minority groups from buying or renting property in certain neighborhoods – could no longer be enforced by state or Federal courts. Shortly after the rendering of that momentous decision, Baltimore experienced a racial change in the composition of many neighborhoods that were heretofore all white.” Caught up in that demographic change was the Church of the Holy Trinity on the northwest side of Baltimore at Lafayette and Wheeler Streets.

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