Hard to believe that V-week is already more than a month behind us! We cleared around $2,500 in ticket sales for the two performances. Karina Barillas of Casa Latina was thrilled with the news that they are receiving more than $2,000. During the first week of March I visited a performance of the Monologues at Bellarmine University and was part of a panel responding to questions afterwards. It was entertaining and moving to see what other educational institutions do and I hope that we can work in some cooperation with Bellarmine next year or at least plan to visit each other’s events.
Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture in the Works
We have begun preliminary planning for the next BIG EVENT, the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture and conference A Woman’s Voice – Women Speaking With Authority in Religious Community. We are expecting three scholars from different faith contexts. Dr. Gay Byron from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York, will be our Katie Geneva Cannon Lecturer; Dr. Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia will be our resource person for the Jewish context, and Ms.Suendam Birinci from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut will represent the Muslim community. We have begun a planning group on the campus, which we will seek to expand by inviting members from the different faith groups to meet with us occasionally.
SAVE THE DATE: SEPT.12 – 13, 2010. THERE IS A PAGE ON THE WOMEN’S CENTER FACEBOOK WHICH PROVIDES INFORMATION AND WHICH WILL HAVE UPDATES.
Cheers for Kate Davidson
Other good news is that our field-ed student, Kate Davidson, who is taking a leave from her studies at the Seminary, is continuing to work with us at least through May. Kate is keeping the Center open most afternoons. She is also helping to plan the Breakfast at the Women’s Center during the Festival of Theology and Reunion at the end of April. We are expecting upwards of 15 guests on Tuesday, April 27.
Rev. Cheryl Goodman Morris to be 2011 Artist-in-Residence
Conversation has begun with next year’s Artist-in-Residence, the Rev. Cheryl Goodman Morris, who is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory in Portola, CA. Cheryl is an alum of LPTS with impressive theatrical credentials. She wrote the script for “Puah’s Midwife Crisis,” and directed the musical, which was performed last summer here at Actor’s Theatre in connection with the Presbyterian Women’s Triennial Gathering. She will teach a course in January 2011 on the theology of theatre. We are naturally elated about the prospect of having Cheryl in our midst.
The very good news of this month was that one of our alums announced to me that he plans to give $25,000 to the Women’s Center at the beginning of next calendar year, in honor of his wife. What a marvelous way to honor her memory and how lucky we are to have such a generous donor come our way, just at this time.
Most of the spring will be taken up with planning both for upcoming events and for our further financial development. We are gathering a wonderful group of dedicated people to help us shape materials for fundraising. Without such dedication we would not be here and we could not continue!