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Employer-Sponsored Retirement Products

Overview

As a church plan, Pension Fund is able to offer flexible and worry-free retirement options for employers and their employees. Our team of Area Directors will meet with you to discuss your needs and help you get started.

Individual Savings & Retirement Products

Overview

Whether you’re just starting out or closer to retirement, choose from a variety of products to help you reach your retirement and savings goals.

Program Applicants

Ministerial Relief & Assistance

Our relief programs meet the evolving needs of new, active, and retired clergy and their families to ensure all ministers and lay workers can enjoy a strong, smart, secure retirement.

Supporters & Donors

Make An Impact with a Donation

Your gifts and financial support helps ministry workers in need bridge the unexpected from now until retirement (and beyond).

Resources

Overview

Discover planning and educational tools & resources to help you navigate your financial wellness journey.

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Pension Fund has partnered with Pete the Planner® to provide members with access to financial guides who will help answer your tough financial questions & online tools such as calculators and eLearning courses.

Black History Month: More Than Just a February Celebration

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February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States and Canada, and while it's a time for dedicated recognition, its importance goes far beyond the boundaries of a single month. It's a vital opportunity to remember, celebrate, and educate ourselves about the rich and complex history of African Americans.

The beginnings of Black History Month came in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a known African American historian. He established "Negro History Week," choosing February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two pivotal figures in the fight for Black freedom. Over the years, the week gained traction, evolving into a month-long celebration by 1976.

As we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and are celebrating Black History month, it is important to be reminded of the justice and equity advocated by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality, the new term being used today is “equity.” Equality is a universal standard, while equity is based on a subjective belief as to what is fair or not, for instance, “Equality is giving everyone a shoe. Equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits” (Dr. Naheed Dosani). Pension Fund staff has been working with Rev. Sandhya Rani Jha, founder of Without Fear Consulting, on this topic, using their expertise in anti-racism and reconciliation to better understand equity for all people.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Strength to Love”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month are vital starting points, but the journey towards racial justice and understanding requires continuous effort. Here are some ways to keep the conversation going:

  • Seek out and read books, watch films, and listen to music by Black creators.
  • Engage in open and honest conversations about race and systemic racism.
  • Advocate for policies that promote racial equality (equity) and justice.
  • Support Black businesses and artists.
  • Educate yourself about current issues affecting Black communities; some good resources to start with are:

By actively learning, engaging, and supporting Black communities throughout the year, we can ensure that the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month lives on far more than a few months.

Written By

Dee Long

Dee Long

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