Louise Burnham Packard is Executive Director of the Trinity Boston Foundation. The Trinity Boston Foundation is a part of the Trinity Episcopal Church and is the first foundation of its kind within the Episcopal community. Initially formed as outreach ministries of Trinity Church, it has become the Trinity Boston Foundation which works with other faith-based organizations in the Boston areas to reach out to at risk youth and struggling populations in low income areas.
Louise's work showcases how innovation can take place within faith-based organizations with extraordinary results. More Americans participate in church-related philanthropy than any other kind of giving.
Louise Burnham Packard, executive director of the Trinity Boston Foundation, discusses the resistance she's encountered in promoting social programs within a religious community. She explains that while Jesus' message about helping the poor often "gets pushed aside," in the end it's "divine love" that encourages her to help the less fortunate.
Descendant of the Church of England in the U.S. Part of the Anglican Communion, it was formally organized in 1789 as the successor of the Church of England in the former British colonies. The church accepts both the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as a modified version of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. The highest authority in the church is the General Convention, which is headed by the presiding bishop (elected by the House of Bishops). The Reformed Episcopal Church broke away from the main body in 1873. The church accepted the ordination of women in 1976. In 1988 the church elected its first woman bishop, and in 2003 an openly gay man was consecrated bishop of New Hampshire. These steps generated controversy within the church as well as among other churches of the Anglican Communion.