On Saturday, May 14, one hundred and forty of our friends, supporters, and alumni gathered in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul to celebrate Life Together’s success and the faithfulness of our outgoing director, the Rev. Arrington Chambliss.
Alumni and current fellows gathered early for a special time of fellowship with Arrington and each other before the festivities began. Life Together’s alumni stretch all the way back to our first cohort of four Micah interns who first lived in the upper rooms of 40 Prescott Street in 1998.
After mingling together and getting goofy in the photo booth, the attendees gathered for the official program where they heard inspiring personal narratives from co-founder and alumnus the Rev. Noah Evans, first-year fellow Adiel Pollydore, and alumna Natalie Finstad.
A panel of alumni and co-founder Jason Long surprised Arrington with heartfelt stories of the way she’s touched their lives. On behalf of the alumni community, Hannah McMeekin presented Arrington with a beautiful gift of stained glass to hang in her new office at Episcopal City Mission, where she now serves as Executive Director.
While Emmaus fellow Elizabeth Marshall led the audience in song, everyone was invited to contribute to our ambitious goal to raise $65,000 to support the incoming cohort of Life Together fellows. These funds will enable next year's fellows' exploration of the communal, prophetic and contemplative aspects of radical Christian leadership. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the hard work of fellows during their six month campaign, we smashed another record and more raised than we’ve ever raised before at this annual event-- $55,000!
If you were able to join us and participate in the Love Matters campaign in some way—whether by donating funds or pledging to contribute time—thank you! If you weren’t able to join in, it’s not too late to help us reach our final goal. We are grateful for all the ways you support the Life Together community, through all the gifts you give.
Again, please accept our deepest gratitude for your partnership in raising the next generation of prayerful and prophetic leaders. We could not do it without you!