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 …

Women in Action: Hayley Smith – Lifting Hands International

In each of our lives there are seasons of plenty and seasons of paucity. For Hayley Smith, a lengthy season of illness and pain led her to knowledge and experiences that prepared her for an abundant life of service. Through her organization, Lifting Hands International, launched in February 2016, Hayley extends aid to individuals and …

Days for Girls: Opportunities for Service at Many Levels

Four years ago, Rachael Haberman looked at her mother on the way home from a puberty class and asked a question. “Mom, what do women and girls do if they can’t afford to buy these things (pads)?”   “I didn’t have an answer,” her mother, April Haberman said, continuing, “and honestly, I had never thought …

Safe Haven Service Project

On August 12th, Big Ocean in the Salt Lake City, Utah area participated in a service project of putting together birthing kits for Safe Haven – Emergency Villages Inc., a worldwide non-profit organization that distributes birthing kits for refugees and others around the world in need who have low resources to medical care for emergency birthing.

The Birds and the Bees

On September 14, 2017, the Big Ocean Provo Cottage hosted a community event as a community service project. They held an expert panel discussion about “Empowering Parents to talk to their young children about sexuality.” The Birds and the Bees: Empowering parents to have "the talk" with your young children. We encourage this conversation to …

Meet Big Ocean: Carolina Allen, Big Ocean CEO

Born in Rio Grand do Sul Brazil, Carolina and her family immigrated to the U.S where she later earned a BS degree in Philosophy from the University of Utah. She has a great appreciation for diverse cultures, ethnicities, and religious world views, which she learned first from her parents and five siblings. She is a dynamic speaker …

Megan Fights Childhood Cancer for Her Kid and Everyone Else’s

Megan Gibson lobbied in Washington for childhood cancer funding, raised over $1,000 making and selling goodies for a young cancer victim, and rallied people to donate blood. She also quietly took out the garbage for a busy neighbor. Those things are commendable on their own, but she did them while her own son, JP, battled …

Education: The Flight that Feathers the Nest

As I pondered the power of education to enrich our lives and homes, I remembered a book, “The Flight and the Nest,” by Carol Lynn Pearson. She begins with “On Nest Building,” comparing the ease and utility of a nest built from local materials–mud and sticks and feathers–with one built from gathering ingredients from “sunsets, …