Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:14 AM
By now you’ve heard the exciting news - for the first time in over 50 years, Wesley is building a new dormitory! There is not enough housing space for our students, and we are looking forward to the fall of 2013 when the new building will be completed. As in all we do, we are moving forward with this exciting construction project filled with faith – a faith centered in the love of God. We have faith in all the planning that was carefully completed to make this dream a reality. Faith that the construction team will build a home for our future students that will provide them with a nurturing place to live and learn. And faith in you - our friends, alumni and supporters - who make this all possible. We thank God for your love of Wesley and for all you do to help us prepare the next generation of church leaders.
As we faithfully look to the future, it is our hope that this dorm will serve Wesley’s students for many years to come. But providing the housing will not be enough to ensure that the seminary’s mission will continue. We need to provide scholarship funds for students so they can pursue their dreams and receive a sound theological education without the burden of overwhelming student debt. Wesley’s graduates are changing lives every day as they live their faith and minister to their congregations, bringing the word of God to people all over the world. We are proud of the difference Wesley graduates are making, and we want to be sure that the legacy continues long into the future.
One way to show your faith in the future of the seminary is by including Wesley in your estate plans through a bequest or other planned gift. Kate Cudlipp, a 2002 Wesley graduate, understood the importance of faithful giving. We were deeply saddened last year when we learned that Kate passed away in a tragic bike accident. And we were humbled to learn that, through a generous bequest in her will, Kate is ensuring that Wesley’s work will continue. Kate had told us that she wanted to continue to support a seminary that provided education and spiritual integration – something she felt Wesley did well. She also spoke of her admiration for Wesley’s faculty and the “shining stars” they were during her years at Wesley. To honor Kate’s faith, commitment and work, her family built on this legacy and established the Kate Cudlipp Social Justice Scholarship at Wesley, which is awarded annually to a student committed to furthering the cause of social justice. Kate spent many years working on social justice issues in the Washington, D.C. area, in South Africa and in Central America. She had an unwavering dedication to bridging the differences among people of all races and socio-economic classes and to finding common ground among them. Her faith in Wesley will live on through the students who benefit from her generous gift.
There are many ways to remember Wesley with a planned gift, and we would be happy to talk with you about the available opportunities. Please call Cindy Davis at (202) 885-8632 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful that you would consider taking another step in faith to ensure the future of the seminary through a planned gift.
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