During the Lenten Season, one of the Scripture Readings is from the Gospel of Luke. It begins with the sentence “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36 NIV) In reflecting on that passage, I was first drawn to reflect upon my experience of “mercy” in my life. This also led me to do a little self-examination of times when I have or have not been “merciful as God is merciful.”
Topics: Culture of mission
A couple of Sundays ago, the Gospel reading was from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter Five. It was the story of Jesus inviting Simon (Peter) and his fishing buddies to go back out on the lake to fish even though they had caught nothing the night before.
As the story goes, “They caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.” After calling for a second boat, the fishermen were able to fill both large boats to capacity with the fish they had caught. The apostles are amazed and astonished. In the closing lines of the narrative, Jesus tells them, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
As many of you may be aware, last week the National Catholic Development Conference announced that I will be completing my final year as President and CEO of our organization in December 2019.
Over the last week I have reflected a bit on the announcement, and its implications as NCDC concludes its 50thanniversary. 2019 will begin a new time for NCDC in many ways, or so I hope. I would like to share with you some of my hopes and dreams, as I begin my last year as President and CEO.
Earlier this month, The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers was invited to speak at the Office of the Inspector General of the US Postal Service about the relationship between the USPS and the nonprofit sector. Stephen Kearney, the Alliance’s Executive Director, invited several of us from the sector to talk about our organizations and how postal issues and concerns impact our missions.
I shared a number of thoughts on this with over one hundred people from USPS. Since then, I have reflected more deeply upon NCDC’s role as advocate on behalf of its members and the relationship between the charitable religious nonprofit sector and the United States Postal Service.
Here are some of my thoughts.
In the last months, I have heard the phrase “challenging times” being used in a variety of contexts. So, I asked myself in what ways are these “challenging times” for fundraisers. In order to add credence to anything I might say, I thought I should begin by defining just what the word “challenge” or “challenging” means.