Phillis Wheatley Fund for Innovation

Phillis Wheatley Fund for Innovation

Phillis Wheatley, Poet Laureate of the American Revolution, was the first African American woman to publish poetry. Wheatley 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.

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The Phillis Wheatley Fund for Innovation is aimed at sponsoring creative and innovative programs that help to further the missional imperatives of the SNEUCC that might otherwise not be possible within existing budgetary limitations.

In its first year, 2022, the Phillis Wheatley Fund  for Innovation enabled the SNEUCC Theologian-in-Virtual-Residence Program which brought Bishop Yvette Flunder and Rev. Dr. Diane Schmitz into Conference programming.

Together, they keynoted the inaugural SNEUCC Justice Summit in September, 2022, and they each took a turn keynoting the Conference's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Rev. Schmitz engaged in racial justice trainings, and Bishop Flunder presented at two clergy revivals and met with Board and staff to discuss radical inclusivity.

Visit the 2022 SNEUCC Theologian-in-Virtual-Residence Program Page for complete details.

In 2023,  money from the fund is being used to purchase books for two programs: the Together We Thrive Ministers of Color Affinity Group, and the Conference Wide Lenten Book Study on Microaggressions in Ministry.

With your support, we will be able to continue to offer opportunities like these well into the future!

Please join me making a gift today here or by sending your gift to:
SNEUCC, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702 with the memo: Phillis Wheatley.

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