Whitworth University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund a new comprehensive church engagement initiative called The Ekklesia Project. The grant proposal, written by Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal, Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser, and President Beck A. Taylor, will fund current and new initiatives to better connect Whitworth to the needs of churches and congregations throughout the western U.S. The Ekklesia Project will be administered by the new Office for Church Engagement, and Terry McGonigal will transition from his current role as dean of spiritual life to lead the office as its first director. A search for a new dean of spiritual life will begin in January.
Nine people from various areas of the Whitworth community, including Professor of English Leonard Oakland, Custodian Casey Armstrong, and Trustee Ken Roberts, will read five-to-eight-minute stories about a defining moment in their lives during “This Whitworth Life,” a storytelling event hosted by the EL 347 Creative Nonfiction Writing class. Following each reading, a panel of faculty members will provide commentary.
The Associated Students of Whitworth University has teamed up with Generation Alive and the Spokane community to form the One Million Meals project, which aims to raise $250,000 by the first week of May in order to deliver one million meals to individuals who are “food insecure” in the Spokane community.
Beginning in 1915 in the living rooms of members’ homes as the Women’s Board of Whitworth College, the Whitworth Auxiliary has functioned as a behind-the-scenes fund-raising organization for almost a century.