The end-of-fiscal-year campaign at The Seattle School, Join the Movement of Transforming Relationships, is underway and began with a successful alumni fundraiser through social media. Over the course of one week, alumni of The Seattle school raised $10,257, exceeding the $10,000 goal.
The week-long alumni campaign, Send. Join. Honor., asked alumni and faculty to lead the movement of transforming relationships by investing in programs at The Seattle School selected by the Alumni Quad. Gifts during this social media campaign were made to three funds: the Alumni Chapter Development Fund, aimed at starting new alumni chapters in the coming years; the (S)ending Fund, providing resources, services, and events for graduating students; and the newly renamed Molly Clarke Kenzler Scholarship Fund (formerly the Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Excellence), awarded annually to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership experience in a church or community context.
After such a successful start, the end-of-fiscal-year campaign at The Seattle School continues with the following invitation from our President, Dr. Keith Anderson:
Dear friends of The Seattle School,
My commute includes a 1.2 mile walk each morning and evening down Alaskan Way near the waterfront. It takes me past the ongoing construction to rebuild the 100 year old seawall on Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle. A major change has taken place on the waterfront—streets are blocked off, traffic has been re-routed, fences have been built to protect massive cranes and other equipment. The sign I pass everyday raises the question we want you to consider: Imagine this is not here. It recommends that we imagine the fence is not there and pretend you can see the changed landscape of the Seattle waterfront. Imagine this is not here.
It is a provocative question: imagine The Seattle School were not here. What would change if our work suddenly came to an end? What would be missing? What would be lost? Look back over time and see.
- Almost 900 alumni have been mobilized to touch neighborhoods, churches, and people as provocateurs for change.
- The Allender Center has provided training for over 3000 therapists, lay counselors and leaders.
- A decade of participants have been touched and transformed by Story Workshops which give them a taste of the fullness God has written into their lives.
- Intimate Mystery marriage workshops has created space for authentic encounters between spouses that set loose lifelong conversations for lifelong restoration.
- Faculty like Dr. Dwight Friesen created new programs like our Leadership in the New Parish which now includes a dramatically important book: The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are transforming, mission, discipleship and community to contribute to conversation around pastoring and gathering today.
- Students have experienced thought provoking and soul moving transformation as they met each other in the intersection of theology, psychology, spirituality, and culture. More than learning to think, they learned to see and to be present to others.
Imagine this is not here. It does not inspire me to see what might be lost or what might never come to life. Rather, I invite you to imagine the opposite:
- Imagine honest, authentic space to encounter all that you are—scars, flaws, painful stories and healing, beauty, and narratives of wild hope.
- Imagine the neighborhoods, families and places of work energized, mobilized, and transformed because The Seattle School is here.
- Imagine more to come. Imagine innovative theological training that makes a difference.
- Imagine classes, workshops, certificates and programs so alive with possibility that transformation isn’t unusual, it is the norm.
- Imagine the dividends of investing in that kind of possibility.
We need your imagination and partnership with us. We are boldly asking your help. We are closing the fiscal year and invite you to stand alongside by considering making a gift to the school. We need to raise $150,000 in the next 5 weeks. We invite you to imagine what your contribution can bring to life. How many lives do you want to transform?
Keith R. Anderson, D.Min.