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.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing has come into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:1-3
In these Advent days, as we prepare to celebrate the gift of Christ’s birth. I write to thank you for your faithfulness and love, and for your part in the collective ministry entrusted to us in the Diocese of Washington. Your prayers, your life and witness as a faith community, and your engagement with Christ in his love for others are an inspiration and a blessing.
You are essential to the collective initiatives that enable us to be the church for one another and our world. Together we support our congregations and clergy in times of transition and need. Together we raise up and equip new leaders. Together we invest in strategic ministry opportunities. Together we strive to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world.
On behalf of all our shared endeavors, thank you for your financial commitment to the Diocese of Washington. Countless people are blessed by your generosity and commitment to collaborative ministry. I pray that you experience your financial gift, while sacrificial, as an investment in our common purpose and one that strengthens your capacity to be both faithful and fruitful in ministry.
As you consider your investment, I urge you to visit the Pre-Convention Forum page and watch two video presentations that describe in greater detail the fruits of diocesan ministry and my call for a strategic visioning and planning process in 2019. You will also find there the first draft of the 2019 Diocesan budget that we will present in January to Diocesan Convention in its final form.
I have been blessed to serve as your bishop for seven years. Indeed, your financial support makes my work possible, for which I thank you. As we look ahead to the next seven years, I am persuaded that it is time to clarify and strengthen diocesan ministry priorities in every region of the diocese. From there, we will identify immediate and longer-term goals, and walk together toward God’s preferred future for the Episcopal Church.
There is so much goodness and strength to celebrate in our life together, and I believe that God will guide us as we address our challenges. I also believe that God has already planted the seeds of our future life within and among us, for I see the first fruits everywhere. Yes, there is work to be done and I remain fully committed to Christ, to the part of God’s mission to which we are called, and to all of you.
A commitment form is attached to this email for your convenience. If at all possible, please submit your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2019. I thank God for the gift of walking Jesus’ way of love with you.
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, D.Min.
Bishop of Washington