Henri insists that in order to act lovingly and to embrace fundraising as a way of loving, we must allow ourselves to be possessed by God’s love. To grow in the knowledge and experience of God’s love is to know who we are and where we belong. Everything we say or do as fundraisers will be determined by the depth of our experience of love and by our ability to return to God’s loving embrace.
—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
—Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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