5 Oct

EWHP grants awarded

This fall, Joan Gundersen and the Rev. Janet Watrous of the EWHP Grants Committee  awarded grants to L. Teresa Di Biase and Whitney Trettien for their research efforts.

Ms. Di Biase, recipient of the $1,000 Frank E. Sugeno research grant, will continue her research on Deaconess Margaret Peppers and other deaconesses in the Diocese of Olympia (Washington). Ms. Di Biase is a librarian at the University of Washington, a spiritual director and retreat leader. Also a Benedictine Oblate of the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, Freeland, Washington, she has published several articles on women’s history, the spiritual life, and stories of lesser-known women of faith such as Margaret Peppers.

EWHP members who were at our conference last fall in Seneca Falls will remember Ms. DiBiase’s excellent presentation, Making Do at Minidoka: Deaconess Margaret Peppers and the Interned Japanese Americans of the Church of the Apostles, Idaho. We look forward to hearing Ms. Di Biase’s latest findings at an upcoming conference.

This grant honors The Rev. Dr. Frank E. Sugeno, who was an American citizen of Japanese descent interred as a teenager at Minidoka during World War II (thus it is especially appropriate to fund Ms. DiBiase’s further exploration of this topic). Dr. Sugeno served as church history professor at the Episcopal Church Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, and supported the Episcopal Women’s History Project during his life.

The Katherine Jefferts Schori research grant was awarded in the amount of $978 to Whitney Trettien to begin digitizing the Biblical Harmony collection of the women at Little Gidding. Find out more about what Ms. Trettien has to say about this collection on her blog. Ms. Trettien is  a PhD candidate in English at Duke University and holds a master’s degree from MIT in Comparative Media Studies. The Katharine Jefferts Schori Award was created by EWHP to support historical work using media on women in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition.

See this page for more information on EWHP grants and how we might support your research. EWHP congratulates these fine scholars and is most grateful to board members Joan Gundersen and Janet Watrous for their hard work on the grants committee!

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