For Congregational Events Supporting Environmental Stewardship and Interfaith Relations
Rev. Dr. William Theodore (Ted) Durr, was a minister member of Baltimore Presbytery prior to his death on Christmas Eve 2022. He was the founding pastor of Perry Hall Presbyterian Church in 1957 and served 13 churches in the Presbytery as an Interim or Temporary Pastor after severing as a professor of English and Sociology at the University of Baltimore from the mid-1970s until 2000.
Ted was active in the Civil Rights movement and a tireless advocate for peace. In the last decades of his life he also became a passionate advocate for environmental stewardship and the nurturing of interfaith relationships in an increasingly polarized world.
In his honor his family, with the approval of the Presbytery Steering Cabinet, has made a generous gift to support congregations in their work in these two areas. Grants of up to $500 will be given to help fund speakers, workshops or other events designed to promote greater understanding and involvement in these dimensions of faith and discipleship.
Durr Grants are considered at any time during the year. Consideration will be given to the nature of the event and to the ministry group affiliation of the requesting congregation in the interest of insuring geographical inclusivity.
Applications are given consideration at the next regular meeting of the Steering Cabinet.