Kathleen Peterson – Artist for Faith

In 1996, artist Kathleen Peterson and religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack embarked on a project to create a children’s book about world religions. In the early stages of the project they recognized a gap in children’s books on world religions. Those books that included non-Christian faiths would lump together all of the Christian denominations, whereas …

Meet Big Ocean: Marianne Downing

Marianne Downing has come to the board of Big Ocean with more than 20 years of experience in management and evaluation in the nonprofit sector. For six of those years, she owned a successful consultancy firm in New Zealand that specialized in the evaluation of nonprofit organizations and their programs. She brings to the board …

November 2017 Board Message

The Family: Source of Intergenerational Power Recently, I attended a wedding reception for a family friend. I was struck by the deliberate and intentional ways that this family has held onto their own family culture. The celebration included specific elements celebrating their blended heritage, from traditional Polish dances to Italian dishes. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and …

October 2017 Board Message

In the deadly wake of hurricane Harvey this past month, 600 women literally and figuratively answered the call. This small army of everyday mothers were key leaders in organizing the Hurricane Harvey Rescue Dispatchers (HHRD). Together, they successfully helped rescue over 20,000 people. A few of the heroes include: Lisa Rochelle Zuniga (32) stay-at-home mother …

Healing from Miscarriage Through Other Women

I have two beautiful children. I am grateful for them, and they bring joy and love into my life every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to have carried them, birthed them, and to love them.               However, I have also had nine miscarriages. This means nine times …