Dear Starr King Friends,
In these tough economic times, I am deeply grateful that Starr King School for the Ministry is rich in friends. People who believe in the work of the school and labor generously to keep the school strong are precious beyond measure.
We are going to honor two such friends this month—Patti Lawrence and Rig Currie. I invite you to join us on April 16 for a night of music, theater, good food and good company.
Even if you can’t be present, I hope you will make a generous gift to the Lawrence Fund for Congregational Studies.
Patti Lawrence first joined the staff of the school in January of 1991, working closely with me as the school’s associate to the president for administration. In those days she managed the school’s finances, cared for the building and grounds, kept daily operations running smoothly, served as administrative support for the president and the board of trustees, and coordinated everything that related to student services from recruitment and admissions to registration, student records, all the way through to commencement. As the school grew, so did she. Patti helped us design and implement a full staffing infrastructure, advanced to become Dean of Students, and then to become Professor of Congregational Studies and to serve a term as Dean of the Faculty. While doing all this for the school, Patti also served as a Trustee of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I give thanks for the joy of having worked with her in all of these capacities. I celebrate her guidance and support for our parish interns, her dedication and love for Unitarian Universalist congregational life, her stalwart support of counter-oppressive/anti-racist work, her wise counsel and excellent teaching, and her leadership on our faculty.
Rig Currie first became involved in the school in the late 1980’s, serving on the school’s development committee. He advanced to being a trustee, then chair of the board. When the school decided to launch an ambitious $7 million campaign, we turned to Rig to lead the effort. He convened the leadership council for the campaign and made a generous lead gift. Through five years of campaigning, Rig’s indomitable positive spirit and enthusiasm for Starr King kept us on track. In the end, though we began in the midst of an economic downturn, we exceeded the goal, raising $8.2 million. Rig’s dedication to the school reflects his love for life and his openness to growth and change as a person. He is an avid bird watcher and devoted gardener, a savvy venture capitalist who supports businesses that matter for the common good, a wonderful friend and a quiet activist for those who have suffered from economic oppression and racial injustice. His warm laughter and insightful graciousness have guided me and the school through many challenges. I am deeply grateful to him and delighted at this opportunity to publically express our admiration and thanks.
Join us for the Gala Celebration of Patti and Rig on April 16!
You can honor Rig and Patti by making a gift to the Lawrence Fund for Congregational Studies. This fund will support the school’s commitment to preparing people well for Unitarian Universalist ministry through internships and fieldwork in congregations, through courses that engage parish ministers and Unitarian Universalist lay leaders in the teaching life of the school, and through projects in congregational studies that advance understanding of congregational systems, dynamics, growth and change.
In grace and gratitude,
President and Professor of Theology
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