Issuu on Google+

HERALDING NEWS FROM NORTHEASTERN SEMINARY Of all the opportunities we have to give to others, the ones we choose to engage are as distinct as we are. Between the inner motivations for making a gift, the nature of a gift, and the anticipated outcome, each case seems to have a life of its own. And they can make us smile. A few of those who have made gifts to Northeastern illustrate how giving includes interior transformation as well as meaningful outward expressions. It’s no surprise that giving grows out of foundational beliefs and values—a natural willingness to help. Philosophies like “all that we enjoy is a gift from God” or “a blessing received instills a blessing for others,” held by graduate Weldon Thomas (2013), or “you can’t out give God,” held by Dean Emeritus Wayne McCown, engender a variety of expressions. Long before the gift receipt arrives in the mail donors to the Seminary have lived generous lives with a sense that their giving can be in time, service, prayer, counsel, and financial resources. For McCown, who with his wife Darlene has established VOL. 11, NO. 1 ■ JANUARY 2014 scholarships and an academic symposium, his generous heart is rooted in childhood. With parents as role models he learned that “one of the happiest activities in life is to give.” For friends of Northeastern, Charles and Elizabeth Canon, their planned giving is a likely extension of their lifelong service in ministry. According to son Charles Canon, III, giving to scholarships grew out of their heart as opposed to out of their wealth and it is a way to continue their ministry to others. For Norm and Nancy Wetterau, they are among the 90 percent of donors who are motivated by compassion for those in need (http:/ Their commitment to identify and address injustice led to establishing a symposium to articulate faith-based responses. While generosity in general may be on the decline, givers remain generous in supporting religious interests (In Trust, 2014). More than 11 million hyperlinks offered in an Internet search solidify this association as they relate scripture to giving. From Canon’s perspective, “a life of service to the church makes it only natural to give. It’s just part of who you are.” Likewise, reciprocity is common among alumni donors and is true for Thomas as well: “I give to the school I am impressed with. The scholarship I received as a doctoral student was a huge, unexpected blessing and I wanted to be sure that others were helped as they pursue ministry.” (continued) Inside the Way We Give Evidence of Impact New President Named Study in the Holy Land Upcoming Events Community News

ResOund, Northeastern Seminary's e-newsletter, January 2014

Related publications