Conference Launches Phillis Wheatley Fund

Conference Launches Phillis Wheatley Fund

The Southern New England Conference has launched a new fund named in honor of Phillis Wheatley, who was the first African American woman to publish poetry, and who was baptized into and became a member of Old South Church in Boston in 1771, two years before she was manumitted (freed from slavery) by the Wheatley family.

In a letter announcing the fund, Executive Conference Minister the Rev. Darrell Goodwin writes: "During my first few months as your Executive Conference Minister I have found myself reflecting on the many blessings we share. I am especially moved by the value that you and the members of the Southern New England Conference place on opportunities for innovation and change."

"I am excited to share with you that it is in this spirit that we have created our newest fund: The Phillis Wheatley Fund for Innovation, aimed at sponsoring creative and innovative programs that help to further the missional imperative of the SNEUCC, that might otherwise not be possible with existing budgetary limitations."

More information on the fund, and information on how to donate, are available here.

The fund will bring to life two new ministries in the coming year:
  • Through the SNEUCC Theologian-in-Virtual-Residence Program, two theologians will join the Conference in six teaching and prophetic moments throughout the course of the year, and at least one of these encounters will be in person. Bishop Yvette Flunder and Rev. Dr. Diane Schmitz will join the the Southern New England family. Bishop Flunder will help wrestle with the question, “What is radical inclusivity in a post-pandemic church” and Rev. Dr. Diane Schmitz will invite a fuller exploration of the concept of 'whiteness’ and how it can be an impediment to the pursuit of mission and radical inclusivity. These two dynamic leaders will be potentially present with us in webinars, workshops, annual meeting, and our annual justice summit.  Read more here.
  • Through the SNEUCC Summer Internship Program for Seminarian Formation the Conference will build on its commitment to the foundation of our current church and its future. To make a tangible investment, the Conference will establish a 3-month summer internship program beginning in 2022. This internship will support seminarians across the country who want to learn more about local church ministry, non-profit leadership, and conference life in Southern New England. Each intern will be assigned projects from a local church, a local non-profit, and Conference staff, so that they might have a well-rounded overview of potential ministry opportunities post their graduate study. Read more here.
The offering at the Rev. Goodwin's Installation on June 19 will support the formation of this fund.

More information on the fund, and information on how to donate, are available here.


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Tiffany Vail

Tiffany Vail is the Director of Media & Communications for the Southern New England Conference.

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