The Episcopal Church of the Advocate is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our pledged income and plate offering received each Sunday to individuals and organizations in the community. In other words, for every $10 pledged, $1 will be given to those in need and those working for peace and justice in the world. This offering is called the Advocate Tithe for Community Engagement. Distribution of the Advocate Tithe is determined at the recommendation of the Community Engagement Facilitators.
Procedures for Requesting Support
- Here is the Application for Support from the Advocate Tithe: tithe proposal form
- Completed forms may be sent to the church at: The Advocate Church Office <email@example.com>
- Applications are due by Sunday, November 25.
- Proposals will be evaluated by how closely they match the Advocate’s Core Values (Compassion, Justice, and Transformation) as well as the priorities for giving and involvement identified by the congregation. Priority is given to those programs an projects in which people of the Advocate are directly involved.
Decisions about supporting proposals are made by consensus among those present at meetings of the Community Engagement Facilitators. All proposals for financial or other support will be reviewed and approved on the basis of their fulfillment of our core values.
In our decisions about how to engage with the community around us, we prefer to:
- Support projects that give voice to people who are marginalized and have very little voice.
- Provide not only financial support, but also the time and talent of members of the congregation.
- Support projects in which members of the congregation are already involved.
- Support projects and organizations that are accountable, sustainable, and willing to teach us about their outcomes.
- Support projects and organizations that are willing to send representatives to visit and help educate the congregation about their issues of concern.
- Support groups that promote change, as well as those that meet direct needs.
- 10% of our Tithe grants are given in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, usually supporting a ministry overseas.
The Advocate Tithe for 2017 was distributed as follows:
Vicar’s Discretionary Fund $2500
Inter Faith Council $2000
Justice United $1500
Club Nova $1000
Community of the Franciscan Way $1000
EmPOWerment Inc $1000
Autism Society of North Carolina $1000
Compass Center $1000
Johnson Service Corps $1250
Jackson Center $750
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry $1500
Community Empowerment Fund $1000
Farmer Foodshare $500
Church of the Rec Sanctuary $500
Ahli Hospital, Gaza City Palestine $1250
Teachers salaries at St. Innocents Tickolette Haiti $500
To view distributions in previous years, visit here.
Interfaith Vigil and Prayer Service
Tuesday, October 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
1200 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC
Join us as we mourn the victims of the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in
Pittsburgh, and stand in solidarity against
antisemitism, bigotry and hatred.
We are grateful for this coverage of the dedication of the Pee Wee Homes construction at the Advocate on October 21.
We sure hope others will be inspired to help address the affordable housing needs in our community with the Pee Wee Homes model or other creative solutions.
UNC student Justin Pacher has produced this short video to help raise awareness of the Pee Wee Homes. It’s part of an assignment from Jim Kitchen, Entrepreneur-in-residence at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Student are practicing the social entrepreneurship skills they’ve been learning in class and will donate funds raised to the Pee Wee Homes.
Justin arranged for local merchants to offer discounts to anyone with a Pee Wee Homes coupon card. Cards are available for a $5 donation at The Advocate next Sunday!
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival begins 40 Days of Nonviolent Direct Action to stir the conscience of our country.
During these six weeks, The Advocate will offer a reading group for those interested in sustaining our analysis of whiteness and deepening our understanding of Christianity’s role in the history of American racism.
We will read local theologian Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book, Reconstructing The Gospel: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion.
Two copies are available on loan from the Advocate library.
We will discuss the book on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:15 (except June 13, which is. Reader’s Roundtable night). More info to come!
[A Teachable Moment takes place Sundays, 10:10 – 10:50 AM in The Advocate House.]
In this season of Easter, as we move within the extraordinary reality of resurrection, we will have a six-part series of Teachable Moments that we hope will renew our minds and inspire the work of our hands.
Many in our community hunger for a greater understanding of race as well as meaningful action toward racial equity. Mindful of this, a group of Advocates will be guiding us through a historical, political, and theological perspective on race, with a specific focus on the construction of whiteness. We will do so, in part, through listening to a podcast series entitled “Seeing White,” which is produced by Scene On Radio, a podcast from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Rather than attempt a reading group or a free-wheeling conversation on such a complex and sensitive topic, we will invite folks to listen to a specific episode of this series prior to the TM. These podcast episodes are short (usually about 30 minutes), and they provide excellent historical perspective alongside frank reflections and friendly conversations. We expect listening to this series will be a convenient and doable way for us all to share a frame of reference as we think together.
In addition to these TM’s, we are also planning informal dinners and movie screenings to offer more opportunities, and different spaces, for folks to talk and hang out.
Next Sunday (May 13th) we will be focusing our conversation on the final episode in the Scene On Radio podcast series ‘Seeing White.’ That is episode 14, ‘Transformation.’
All are welcome to join in the fun, planting and learning about native flowers and grasses, Saturday April 14 (rain date April 21) 9 AM – noon.
For our next Piedmont Patch event, we will gather around the pond and transform the briars, invasive, sweet gum shouts and random pine shoots into a site of native flora. Plants will be a combination of those purchased with funds from our Stewardship of Creation grant from The Episcopal Church and native wildflowers transplanted from the abundant gardens of Cathy Bollinger, Volunteer Botanical Advisor to the project. If you are able to help dig plants from Cathy’s garden the day before, please either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments and good fellowship provided. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves,
Also…. don’t worry if you haven’t done much — or any — of this kind of work before. We’re in it to learn!
Coordinators of the Piedmont Patch Collaborative are excited to present the new logo, highlighting native flora (a Purple Cornflower) and fauna (an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly).
Thanks to JY Visuals of Chapel Hill for the design.
Expect to see more of the logo in the seasons ahead, and our programs and plantings expand!
For more information about the PPC, look here!
And for information about our first educational event, “Creating Wildlife Habitat with Pollinator Gardens”, featuring Debbie Roos, see here!