Local Projects: The Third Order Society of Saint Francis

This week’s ECN local-project spotlight features the Third Order Society of St. Francis, Province of the Americas based in Hicksville, NY.

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According to a church press release, the Episcopalian Franciscans received $10,000 in grants “to support a trained cadre of leaders to teach and train others in issues of climate justice.”

The TSSF website says, “The Third Order of the Society of St. Francis is an Anglican/Episcopal religious order for people of all kinds—single and in committed relationships, lay and ordained—who live by Franciscan principles ‘in the world.’”

The spring 2018 TSSF newsletter said the grant will be used “to work with the Franciscan Action Network in developing Franciscan Solidarity Tables. These Tables (small groups of Franciscans and others) will form the nucleus of a larger project to be developed around Climate Justice… After being trained, the Tables will identify a local environmental issue they feel called to address. One Table, for example, is looking at the issue of food deserts in inner cities. They will develop networking and action plans to involve their community in raising awareness and advocating for appropriate change. These Tables will approach their work always keeping our Franciscan traditions and charisms in mind.”

Thank you, Franciscans, for your climate work and witness!

Full disclosure: ECN’s new volunteer deputy editor was a member of the committee that awarded these grants. Both volunteer editors are now volunteers on the task force that will administer the next round of grants.

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