Los Altos United Methodist Church has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish the Changemaker Church Project, a unique project of The Changemaker Initiative. The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative, which aims to help Christian congregations nationwide strengthen their faith, build stronger relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of their local communities.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño expressed her excitement and congratulations to Los Altos Sr. Pastor Kathi McShane saying, "I give God thanks for this wonderful news of the gift that has come to Los Altos. May God multiply it as you and the faithful of Los Altos strive to grow servant leaders among us. I am grateful for your leadership."
Lilly Endowment has awarded nearly $93 million in grants to support new programs to help religious congregations gain clarity about their values and missions, explore and better understand the communities they serve and draw upon their theological traditions as they adapt ministries to meet changing needs.
LAUMC is one of 92 organizations that has received one of the Lilly Endowment’s grants. Grant recipients represent and serve churches in a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, including Anabaptist, Baptist, Episcopal, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed, Restoration, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox, as well as congregations that describe themselves as nondenominational. Several organizations serve communities in Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American traditions.
“In the midst of a rapidly changing world, Christian congregations are grappling with how they can best carry forward their ministries,” said Christopher Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “These grants will help congregations assess their ministries and draw on practices in their theological traditions to address new challenges and better nurture the spiritual vitality of the people they serve.”