By Florence Avakian
NEW YORK — “It’s all about the parishes,” explains Seta Nazarian.
“The Eastern Diocese’s endowment campaign — ‘Our Church, Our Legacy’ — is about the crucial importance of the local, individual parishes.”
Her voice rising with passion, she adds: “We need to bring the disconnected Armenians back home. And the church does that. We need to reconnect. The church is where we go when we want to feel like we’re home — to feel like Armenians.”
The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) launched its endowment campaign four months ago with an ambitious goal: to inspire every Armenian, strengthen their faith and make the church a relevant part of daily life.
To that end, the campaign set a goal of raising $15 million to support the Eastern Diocese’s ministries. In a short time, the campaign has reached the halfway point: $7.5 million in pledges — including a pledge of $1 million from the Nazarian family.