Church symposium to present spirituality of philanthropy

August 24, 2010

The Episcopal Church Office of Mission Funding Sept. 29 will sponsor a daylong symposium on the "Spirituality of Philanthropy," uniting the theological and spiritual basis of philanthropy with a useful practicum on advanced fundraising strategies and techniques.

Designed for directors of development at dioceses, parishes and other Episcopal organizations, the event will be held at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

The morning program will offer "The Theology of Abundance"; the afternoon session will cover "Popping the Question: The Romance of the 'Ask.'"

Keynote speakers are:

  • Paul Schervish, director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College and author of "Gospels of Wealth: How the Rick Portray Their Lives" and "Wealth and The Will of God: Discerning the Use of Riches in the Service of Ultimate Purpose."
  • The Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop, former professor of ethics and communication and author of "Transforming Stewardship" and "Barnabas: A Model for Holistic Stewardship."
  • Nicholas Boothman, a corporate communications consultant and author of "How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less."
  • Kathy LeMay, founder and CEO of Raising Change and author of "The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World."

Built into the program are ample opportunities to meet the speakers. Copies of their recent books will be available for sale and signing.

Small-group discussions facilitated by a panel of fundraising experts will focus on practical approaches to fundraising, particularly in the area of major gifts. And Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will celebrate and preach at the midday Eucharist.

Registration, including all materials, meals and receptions, is $295 until Sept. 3 and $350 afterward.

For more information contact Pam Barry, associate director of Mission Funding, (212)716-6002,

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