A Message from the Executive Directors
There comes a pause at the center of each turn in life, built in to help stabilize and ready us for the next step. Today we pause to assess the year that was 2018, trusting that this will also inform the course for the future.
This pause allows us to share the deep gratitude that wells in our hearts for all of you. We couldn't do this, we couldn't be “this place called the Grünewald Guild” without you. Your presence comes in so many forms: financial gifts, prayers, participation. You support us, you inspire us, and you create with us.
Our theme for 2018 was River Flow, a deep and rich metaphor for life. As we celebrated the River and the Creative Spirit whose flow is forever moving, we recognized that from the very beginning, the River has been a quiet witness of grace and transformation, inspiring artists and calming sojourners. We need more River in our lives!
In 2019, our theme is Opening and we wholeheartedly invite you to participate in the work and play of opening to self, others, creation, and the Divine. Come be part of the life of the Guild as we ask ourselves these questions: How authentic is the art we create in response to what is stirring in our soul? How spacious is the way in which we recognize and revere the Source of life, light and love? How nurturing is the welcome and care that we extend to one another?
Thank you for pausing with us to internalize once again the Guild's mission of art, faith and community. Whatever our medium, may our artful living, in turn, be a gift to the world.
Grace and peace be with you,
Jim and Vonda
A Message from the Board Chair
The Guild has always been deeply focused on providing a place where art and faith collide and joyfully explode in purposeful community. It is a mission that is hard to balance with the business side of running a not for profit organization. There are staff to pay and buildings to maintain and people to feed--not quite as exciting as stained glass windows, paintings, and pottery. The Guild has trusted the kindness and generosity of donors as well as a lot of grace to keep it in operation for the last 39 years. The result is a Guild that has grown and thrived season to season and year to year. We are now proud to say that we are charting a new path forward, one that will guide a healthy Guild well into the future.
A strong duo of executive directors and an active and committed board have worked hard to help the Guild mature as an operation. New policies and procedures are now in place to ensure better financial stability. New donor management tools are being developed to properly acknowledge your generosity and to give you confidence that your gifts are being used responsibly. And with the help of some of those contributions, the facilities and grounds are being cared for and improved.
It is an exciting time at the Guild. As we look into the future we do so with confidence that it will hold onto the dream that the founders brought to the Plain Valley 40 years ago, that there be a place where art and spirituality come together and are made more glorious in the context of a vibrant community.
We are so grateful for how you have supported this special place and look forward to seeing you again very soon.