Ashley Graham-Wilcox Named ECF Fellow

We are excited to share that, last week, Episcopal Church Foundation announced that Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers Director of Communications and Development, Ashley Graham-Wilcox, will be one of their 2017-2018 Fellows. An ECF fellowship "supports ministry leaders who have a passion for forming the next generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church," and is an opportunity to "demonstrate a Church that is actively engaged with the world." Ashley and ECCC's commitment to camp and retreat ministry are an ideal fit.

We know that Episcopal retreat sites and programs serve incredibly diverse audiences through summer camp, retreats, conferences, outdoor education, and teambuilding programs. We also know that this diversity -- socio-economically, racially, and identity-wise -- is largely not represented on staffs, particularly in senior leadership.
In line with ECCC's strategic plan, adopted in 2016, which challenges us to to look very intentionally at radical hospitality and at diversity, Ashley's project aims to: 
  1. Train, support, and encourage centers to offer programs that embrace economic, racial, and identity diversity;
  2. Expand resources for supporting diversity in hiring, training, and long-term staffing.
This will mean research, tools, best practices, and training resources for each and every one of our centers, camps, and programs. The complete project outline, as well as Ashley's personal statement that the committee considered are available here.

This is an exciting time for ECCC to be a part of the conversation about what leadership looks like in the Episcopal Church!

The Summer Update

ECCC regularly publishes and mails a hard-copy newsletter, which includes transition information, community announcements, and news about centers in the network. Check out the summer 2016 edition here


News from the Diocese of San Joaquin

The California Supreme Court has recognized that the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (and the Corporation Sole) was the rightful owner of the property and assets involved in the long standing legal battle over the properties, which includes the Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO). 

ECCO is searching for an interim director


Episcopal Camps & Centers Receive Sustainability-Focused Funds

Five members of the Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers network have been awarded a total of $180,775 from the United Thank Offering.

Camp McDowell, in the Diocese of Alabama, was awarded $67,120 for a recycling center project. Three centers will use their funding on ecology/outdoor education centers: Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center (Diocese of East Tennessee), Honey Creek (Diocese of Georgia), and Gravatt Camp & Conference Center (Diocese of Upper South Carolina). St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the Diocese of West Tennessee received $8,500 to continue working with Episcopal Service Corps on an internship program, this one focused on Environmental Mission.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the Episcopal Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally. 2016 grant requests were asked to focus on the fifth mark of mission of The Episcopal Church: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.  The United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62 in 2016. The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the ingatherings/funds/contributions received through offerings from the “UTO Blue Box.”


Retired Director, Peter Bergstrom, Receives Lung Transplant

Peter Bergstrom, who retired as ECCC's Executive Director in December 2015, has suffered from pulmonary fibrosis since 2008, and has been on the waiting list for a lung transplant since early 2016. 

We are thrilled to share that on Monday, March 28, Peter received that transplant. 

Peter was awake Tuesday morning, walking and talking by Tuesday evening, and may well be out of the ICU by tomorrow. This is amazing progress!

Peter's family is with him at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Hospital, where he will stay for another two weeks or so. He and Vicki will stay nearby in Los Angeles for several months, in case complications arise. If you would like to send a card and well wishes to Peter and family, please send to:

Peter Bergstrom
c/o Camp Stevens
P.O. Box 2320
Julian, CA 92036

The Camp Stevens staff will regularly deliver them to the family. Please note that no live plants or flowers are permitted in the hospital room, so please do not send.

The prayers and support from this community are so appreciated by Peter, Vicki, Jenne, Erik, and Erin. A prayer for healing:

Good and Gracious God, You are the Great Healer of all things! We give you thanks for your continuous presence with Peter, Vicki, Jenne, Erik, and Erin. We thank you for your healing power so abundantly given to Peter and ask for continued healing for all involved in this great miracle, and help them know that they may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen