After months of careful preparation and heightened expectation, Meadville Lombard’s ambitious schedule of workshops and events at the 2015 General Assembly in Portland, OR are over but, as the song says “The memory lingers on”.
President Lee Barker summed it up from his perspective in a memo to the Board of Trustees: “ML’s educational offerings at General Assembly were extremely well done and popular. Whether sponsored by the school or the Fahs Collaborative, the faculty showed off the school as a quality institution of higher learning and formation.”
But Meadville Lombard presence in Portland is way, way, way too much to write about in a summer message so here are four photos with brief reflections:
Our distinguished Board of Trustees Chair, former UUA President, and much loved and admired personal friend, Bill Sinkford, made the “ask” at our packed Partners in Ministry luncheon. We had initially hoped to feed lunch and information about our school to 150 GA delegates – potential new friends and donors – but the turnout turned out to be 248! Part of the hour long program was the premiere of a new video featuring the public ministry of our alumnus and faculty member, Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. Take a look at Building Bridges which runs 8 minutes, 17 seconds. I am pleased to report that 53 of our guests signed up as new donors.
Many of our current students and recent alums were on hand to assist staff members at our bustling booth in the Exhibit Hall. People of all ages and from many places came by to ask about our curriculum, pick up our brochures, visit with faculty members, find out more about our growth campaign, Pointing the Way, and exchange greetings and fond memories.
Director of International Formation, Claudia Espinel never lost her great smile as she navigated a tight schedule among members of the UUA international community, our prospective students and donors, and staff colleagues.
I was proud to navigate my own General Assembly activities wearing my Meadville Lombard Staff identification for all to see. Our success story continues to reach more eyes and ears thanks to active students and alums and the ever growing reach of social media. I am more than ever convinced that we can effectively broaden our donor base parallel with our expanding student body.
Please stay tuned to our communications and, of course, we welcome your generosity whenever the spirit moves.
Denny Taft Davidoff, DHL ’07
Senior Associate for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs