Celebrating the Gift of Her Life
September 24, 2011
This morning we welcomed an overflow gathering to celebrate Kate's life. The altar table had a wonderful image of Kate taken by Keith Seat, a votive candle to mark each of the seven decades of her life, a magnificent bouquet from Senator Ron Wyden, and an unfired clay urn with Kate's ashes. The urn was made by Marjory Bankson and selected several years ago by Kate.
Kate's spouse Carole had selected some for their favorite music to share with us as we reflected on Kate's life. As we listened many of us wrote a reflection or memory to be placed in the memory book that is being gathered for Carole. An individual who had been part of Kates life in each decade lit a memorial candle for that period and shared from the richness of their experience with Kate.
Five individuals who had known Kate well offered their reflections on the gift of her life. You can read their reflections by clicking on their names:
Following the memorial, Koinonia Mission Group offered us an opportunity to share further reflections and some of Kate's favorite cookies which had been baked for the occasion by many Seekers.
One of the reflections offered included this core wisdom that Kate had found in Love and Death by Forrest Church:
Want what you have,
do what you can,
and be who you are.
Do these things with reverence, humbled by awe, and your cup will overflow.
Kate Cudlipp Social Justice Scholarship Fund
August 19, 2011
As one way to remember Kate Cudlipp and honor her commitment to social justice, a scholarship fund is being established at Wesley Theological Seminary. Kate received the degree of Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary in 2002. She served on the Servant Leadership Team at Seekers Church from 1993 until her death.
The Kate Cudlipp Social Justice Scholarship fund is designed to help students whose focus is social justice, particularly those who are following the Urban Ministry track at Wesley. Those who wish to make a contribution in Kate's memory can do so immediately by sending a check made out to Wesley Theological Seminary with "Kate Cudlipp Memorial scholarship fund" in the memo line. Gifts to the fund may be left at Seekers Church or mailed to the seminary:
Wesley Theological Seminary
ATTN: Development Department
4500 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
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The 2011 Pilgrimage is Complete:
Hope for the Next Generation!
August 4, 2011
Last month 24 pilgrims from across the country completed the 2011 PAVA Pilgrimage. We helped PAVA work with the people of Aldea Paxixil, a small, agricultural community near Tecpan in the highland Department of Chimaltenango to start construction of a 6-room addition to their school which serves 146 children from 82 families. Men from the village had already started digging the 2-meter-deep trenches for a foundation and, in spite of heavy rains, we were able to reach the point of pouring concrete for the footings --- a beehive of activity in which half the group is bringing sand, gravel and water to the cement mixer and others are carrying mixed cement by the bucket-full across planks and mounded dirt to anchor the upright pillars.
For PAVA, the purpose of a project like this is not only to build a school, but to call forth leadership and cooperation among the villagers, essential community qualities that were lost when a whole generation of leaders was lost during the war in Guatemala. Although the villagers are much more skilled with hand tools than we are, they watch the way we work together, men and women, young and old, and seem to appreciate our presence as much as our help. This year, the younger teens brought embroidery thread and worked with the children to make friendship bracelets --- gathering a crowd of eager children during recess. And Peter invited lots of laughter among the hard-working men when he passed out nose-flutes and demonstrated bird sounds and simple songs.
Recently, Seekers congregation has been presented with opportunities to have its collective consciousness raised about people who live on the streets or are without permanent housing and to become more welcoming to such individuals in our midst. We’ve begun an ongoing community conversation.