Mrs. Marilyn Chaney, Masters in Education

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Mrs. Marilyn Chaney, Masters in Education
Church Info
Home Church Address
Seeds of Hope Church
250 South Pacific Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
Seeds of Hope - Earthen Vessels Outreach
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Director of Earthen Vessels Outreach
Organization Address
250 South Pacific Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Hunger/Food Justice
Racial Reconciliation
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
Description of Organization
Seeds of Hope Anglican Church’s mission is to be “seeds of hope” that we might sow The Seed of Hope- Jesus Christ in the hearts of many in the East End of Pittsburgh. The community we serve is filled with urban poor and “at risk” children, youth and families. Seeds of Hope Anglican Church was planted in 2002 and in 2004 Earthen Vessels Outreach (EVO), a separate 501c-3 was formed to better serve the needs of our community. Earthen Vessels Outreach provides: Summer Day Camps, After-School Programs, Sport Programs and Youth Groups for the “at risk” families in the East End of Pittsburgh. Seeds of Hope Anglican Church is the worshipping community that empowers the ministry of EVO.
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, high school internship(s).
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Following is a more detailed listing that Seeds of Hope Anglican Church and Earthen Vessels Outreach does: • Friendship House – our home is located within the community. Community Living is offered as a ‘HOME’ for young adult interns and local youth needing support. Pastor Chaney and his wife live within the house on a 24 – 7 basis. A community environment is offered to the interns (free room & board in exchange for their services offered to the youth). More than 500 young adults have received training over the last 12 years. o A new home - 2 – 3 youth and/or young adults from the community are given a safe, positive place to live and experience positive re-parenting. • After-School Program – academically serves more than 50 children yearly. 10 years. • A Summer Day Camp – (80+ children) academic in the morning; recreational in the afternoon for 6 weeks, 8 hours daily – 14 years • Between us Girls (BUGS) and Between us Boys (BUBS) - teaches 4th – high school youth character building, positive decision making, song, dance and hands-on projects. Bi-monthly performances are scheduled with the song and dance. • The Elm Program – (serves 10 – 15 youth per year) Employment is offered to the youth, Learning is a requirement & Mentoring follows. • Middle and High School Basketball – teaches youth development, teamwork and basketball skills. The young urban youth develop social skills and the ability to work for a common goal. • Feeding the hungry- more than 22,000 meals have been served to children 18 and under in the last year free of charge. 94% of the children attending are part of state free and reduced lunch program. EVO is one of the largest food feeding programs in Allegheny County in addition to serving quality food. • Summer Food Sites – EVO serves 10 food sites per summer using the ELM Program (teen youth who are Employed, Learn and Mentored) .
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Training wise: my wife and I have read numerous books: • See the list of Books below • We took a class called: “The Church,The Poor and The City” at Trinity School of Ministry in Ambridge, PA. • We worked at Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship for 1 ½ years before we started Seeds of Hope and Earthen Vessels Outreach. Shepherd’s Heart ministers to the Veterans on the streets and under the bridges in the Pittsburgh Area • John Paul took 7 units of CPE at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh and worked at CTAD (Clinic Treatment for Addictive Disorders) • The greatest training has been working in the inner city with the urban “at risk” population for 15 years. There are things that you can only learn from experience. Our heart breaks for the challenges of these children and youth and our society that believes that they should just be able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Our primary concern is how to continue the ministries we do. It is very hard to find priests and ministry leaders who want to work this hard and not get paid much for it. It has to be a call not a job and many are looking for a job and career path.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
John Paul – For me it is that as an older white man, I am the most distrusted man in the hood. For African Americans to attend a church pastored and led by a white upper-middle class man feels like they are betraying their race. I think there is also a feeling that we are into this to make money off them- when in reality there is no money to be made. Marilyn does a little or a lot of everything. Most people are not willing to be involved in so different types of aspects of ministries. I would also prefer to see some of the physical tasking that I do be less, so there could me a more spiritual rest and approach. Many of my spiritual gifts have not been in use over the last several years due to the demands of EVO.
What gives you the greatest joy?
To see a young man or woman we have worked with grow in Christ and in being his disciple. To see them, get high school diplomas and driver’s licenses and some even go to college. To see some singing and playing the drums in our Worship Service. To see some love and care for others in the way that we have loved and care for them.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
John Paul – I listen or read through the bible every year, I read a gospel every month (John 6 times and the Synoptics 6) and the Psalms. I do the Daily Office every day, plus lead “Kids Chapel” at the After School Program. I have a spiritual director and have a clergy accountability circle that I meet with regularly. Marilyn – finding ways to get away from the demands but still engaged. Examples include: taking the dogs out for a run under a blue sky and sun. Exercising in a class with people I do not know but hearing God. Stillness comes and then it is easier to be still in my home environment and read. Probably backwards from most people.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
John Paul -Probably just what we do and how we do it. I wrote my doctoral project on training interns to running a summer day camp. I believe what we do could be reproduced in other areas of our city and throughout the country, but it is hard to get people excited about it.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Rodney Stark The Rise of Christianity Ray Bakke A Theology as Big As the City Mother Teresa The Joy in Loving Jackie Ullinger Chasing the Dragon Robert Linthicum City of God, City of Satan Rovert D. Carle and Louis Decaro Signs of Hope in the City Harvie M. Conn Manuel Ortiz Urban Ministry Robert Lupton Theirs is the Kingdom; celebrating the Gospel in Urban America John Perkins Resurrecting Hope Spencer Perkins Chris Rice More than Equals Mark Gornik To live in Peace Keith Philips Out of the Ashes Wayne Gordon Real Hope in Chicago John Gladwin God’s People in God’s World Hozell C. Francis Church Planting in the African-American Context Nile Harper Urban Churches, Vital Signs beyond Charity toward Justice. Dennis Jacobsen Doing Justice David Hesselgrave Planting Churches, Cross-Culturally Leanne Payne All of her books on inner healing and sexual brokenness Mario Bergner Setting Love in Order Dietrich Bonheoffer: Life Together & Cost of Discipleship Henri Nouwen: In the Name of Jesus, Wounded Healer and The Return of the Prodigal
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
Les Miserable the one with Liam Neeson. Blind Side Drum Li Coach Carter
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
Don’t really spend much time in this area
Anything else you would wish us to know?
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
Not sure how to answer this one. Probably how hard it is but how rewarding it is at the same time.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I would love to see the ACNA be a Church that is known for its love and the lost and the broken in the world. Planting Church is great way to grow the Kingdom in the suburbs, it that a call to do ministry among the least of our brothers to plant and grow a church in the urban context.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
My love for justice and mercy began when I first heard Martin Luther King Jr speak. I heard his “I have a Dream” speech when I was 10 and as a young white boy it made me hope for a different America than the one I lived in. I never understood the Christian Culture I grew up in and the racism I experienced. Good Christians would say things like “well you can have ‘one’ as a friend but do not marry ‘one’”, the Lord does not want the racist mixing. Then there were some who would even use the “N” word and say that being black was the curse of “Cain”.