So it is official. We are now in what is called the quiet phase of the capital campaign. We are aiming for $45,000,000. It is part program; it is part capital. The program focuses on innovative church (through the Try Tank - more about that in subsequent commentaries) and reaching the four billion users who live primarily in the cyber world. The capital focuses on refreshing the campus - Key Hall, Addison, Refectory, and the Library - all need attention.
Over the next weeks and months you will hear about the campaign. For students, it is cool to be so close to a campaign. Every congregation, in the end, has to do one at some point. So do see this as a moment of formation - how do you do this work? How do you inspire interest? How do you organize?
Naturally, we love participation. This is a vitally important ingredient in a successful campaign. We want people to feel part of the moment. And we need those who are closest to participate; after all, if we don't believe in the campaign, then how can we expect those further away to do so?
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President