The diocesan budget is funded primarily by congregational giving. Here is Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde's annual letter to congregations seeking their support for the diocesan budget and the form necessary to pledge support.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear... Psalm 46
Last year at this time, I began a letter asking for your financial commitment to the Diocese of Washington with these words: "2020 has the potential to be a watershed year for the Diocese of Washington, as we step out in faith for the first implementation year of our strategic plan."
This year, I begin the same letter with gratitude for your courage in facing the watershed experiences of 2020 that we did not foresee. With our eyes on Jesus, together we are navigating the turbulent waters of global pandemic, economic disruption, and racial reckoning. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me and the diocesan staff. Every day we strive to be worthy of you.
Looking to the coming year, I am well aware of the financial challenges facing our congregations. As we did last year, your diocesan staff will continue to direct our collective resources and energies toward the health and vitality of our congregations.
With challenge comes opportunity. In 2020, we made great strides in implementing our strategic plan goals while simultaneously responding to the challenges wrought by COVID-19. Here are highlights of our work in 2020. With your continued engagement and support, and the endorsement we received from Lilly Endowment, Inc., for our Tending Our Soil initiative, we can't help but feel hopeful and excited for the coming year. But we cannot be the Diocese of Washington without you.
As you consider your financial commitment to our collective life, I ask, if possible, that you sustain your parish's 2020 giving level. Because several of our most financially hard-hit communities will not be able to sustain their giving, I especially ask those with greater resources to continue your levels of support, or even slightly increase your giving.
In Christ is our hope. In the words of St. Paul, I am confident of this: that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ."
Please know that Bishop Chilton and I, and all the diocesan staff, are here in service to you. We will do all in our power to see the diocese through the season of pandemic and beyond. By God's grace and with one another, we will persevere in faith, hope, and love.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your bishop.
Faithfully in Christ,