Weekly Touch (May 22, 2020)

May 22, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch

Now more than ever, it’s time to come together and rise to the challenges before us.

Last fall, when the ABSW Leadership Team brainstormed over the theme for the new school year, we chose “ABSW Together!” The theme for the year was selected with no foresight of a COVID-19 pandemic. We had no idea that the world would be challenged with a virus that would force us to shelter in place and demand a new normal. Despite the lack of knowledge of the coming shelter-in-place orders and the pandemic, ABSW Together! is more relevant than we could have ever imagined. The worldwide slogan “We’re in this together” is consistent with ABSW promoting togetherness in times like these.

One way of promoting togetherness is by showing brotherly and sisterly love in multiple ways. As a country, we are encouraged to wear masks, gloves, and PPE gear to protect ourselves and others. We are also encouraged not to hoard common supplies that everyone needs, like hand sanitizer, tissue, and meats. Togetherness is also promoted by adhering to the government mandates to practice social distancing, shelter in place, and refrain from visiting public parks and beaches.

In the spirit of togetherness, ABSW is instituting the ABSW Together! Giving Challenge. The ABSW Together! Giving Challenge will assist the seminary to continue to produce a quality education by providing scholarships to students, and assist with the ongoing operations of the seminary, especially during this season of COVID-19 uncertainty.

The ABSW Together! Giving Challenge is scheduled to begin June 1 and conclude on June 30, 2020. The seminary is challenging various groups to meet the goal of raising $100,000 by June 30, 2020. The challenge is for all of us: the board of trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, ABC churches/pastors, and friends of the seminary. Each group will be challenged to raise a specific amount that will push us to reach the $100,000 goal. No one will carry the burden of reaching the goal alone. Instead, the constituents making up ABSW Together! will strive collectively to reach the goal.

Mailings will be sent in early June asking each constituent group to accept the challenge by assisting ABSW in reaching their goal together. You’ve been challenged! I pray that the challenge will be accepted!


Lori D. Spears, DMin, EdD
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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