Church Attracts Students with Tuition Grants

College students at Trinity Episcopal Church in Dallas are able to get help with their tuition if they are enrolled in local community colleges, trade schools or universities.

Applicants are not required to demonstrate need, however, those who are approved must serve two hours per week supporting a church ministry or a community service organization. Grants are based on participation in Trinity’s programs/ministries or community service.

It’s a good way to bring in students who have not been going to church, the Rev. Oliver Lee, said. “Education is key, it dovetails with faith. You have to have an active faith to appreciate education because education is a tool that God gives us for the benefit of his creation. Our entire being should be focused toward God.”

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The Gathering

The Gathering was founded with the mission of creating a spiritual home for those in the Dallas area who are homeless or have insecure housing. Simply put, a church whose purpose and reality is a ministry to, with, and for the homeless community that is always amongst us but seldom seen. 

Endorsed and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, what began in December 2012 with five parishioners has grown to an average of 80 people attending Mass and lunch each week. 

Thanks to assistance from other parishes and organization within the diocese who help by providing weekly lunches, personal hygiene items and financial assistance, The Gathering is able to offer encouragement and a respite from the daily struggles of living on the street. 

The Gathering is a community of presence and made up of individuals looking for spiritual companionship and connection that give meaning to our lives. We welcome everyone -- the homeless and the affluent, the addicted and those in recovery, the churched and the unchurched, the spiritual but not religious, the believer, the doubter and the seeker. 

It is hope that is found in the message of Jesus Christ, and many are finding encouragement, purpose and strength at The Gathering. We meet people at their point of need, and attempt to love and serve each one of them. And, in doing so, preach a powerful Gospel message. 

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. at Thank-Giving Square at 1627 Pacific, between Akard and Ervay streets in downtown Dallas.



This blog aims to highlight mission and outreach in EDOD parishes