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 …