April Letter from Executive Director Kelsey Rice Bogdan

If you’ve received an email from a fellow recently about Future Fellow Fundraising, or noticed a Paperless Post message in your inbox, you know what time of year it is: Love Matters, our annual celebration of Life Together as we raise $65,000 for the coming program year. Fellows have been working hard asking friends, family, and members of the broader Life Together community (you!) to help them raise between $400 and $800 each to support the next cohort of fellows. We’re planning a series of Love Matters house parties in May and June to celebrate our community and ask for your support. Your gifts are a vital part of Life Together’s annual sustainability, making possible everything from individual spiritual direction visits to racial affinity groups within the cohort. There are lots of opportunities to help!

Yet as important as these gifts to Life Together are, Love Matters has always been more than a fundraiser. It’s about our community: the fellows, alumni, volunteers, and friends who together form the beating heart of this organization. Last fall, 50 alumni filled out a survey to tell us more about their whereabouts and Life Together’s long-term impact. In reading over responses, I was moved not only by the ways a year with Life Together has shaped people’s lives, but also by their deep desire for continued engagement. Alumni named numerous ways in which they wanted to connect with one another, even when spread out around the world. When asked about resources they could offer to current fellows, people offered to talk about vocation and ordination to the ministry. They offered to share professional networks for community organizing and social work. They made themselves available to support fellows as they participated in Life Together– including coaching anxious fellows on how to meet their Future Fellow Fundraising goal. Like the parable of Jesus feeding the crowds with five loaves and two fish, our community contains abundant resources for all of us to thrive.

This is why we chose “Rooted in Community” as this year’s theme for Love Matters. If you live in New England, we hope that you can join us for one of our house parties to meet this year’s fellows– if you’d like to come, please let us know so that we can make sure you get an invitation! And if you don’t live in Boston, we hope you will consider supporting this community with your wisdom, your prayers, and a gift. No matter where you are or what you bring, your commitment to Life Together is a gift to all of us. In this season of Easter, I’m grateful to have planted roots in this community with you.