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Help us launch The Servi Institute!

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Raised by 9 people in 6 months
For some time, now, I have been tracking and encouraging a convergence of opinion among scholarly friends, parents, educators, parishioners, and leaders that I trust.  We see the need for a more complete formation not only in revealed truths, but in the practice of living faithfully and with dignity.

In Summer Seminar sessions, some of us vigorously discussed the Catholic tradition of Liberal Arts education. Some of you have provided much of the hospitality that has incubated this work and helped to shape an emerging, and we hope robustly traditional, vision of the Liberal Arts tightly integrated with the Practical Arts, as they should be.

Working together, we will build The Servi Institute to give that vision a home:  our homes, a virtual "home," and eventually its own brick-and-mortar place in the world.

The Servi Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the integration of Liberal and Practical Arts in the Catholic tradition throughout Oklahoma by advocacy, education, and consultation so that every person can not only make a living, but know what living's worth.


Our first concrete project is a conference which we intend to hold in October 2018, called The Urban Village .  Here we hope to gather friends who will help us pursue a "from cloud-castles to blueprints" agenda for making this vision real.

In order to get this going, I need to lay out funds to file papers for incorporation and 501(c)(3) status, get some basic project management software and a more complete initial web presence up and running, and cover some printing and (if at all possible) professional development costs.  I have already put out some of the money (for a domain and printing, for example) and will continue the work as long as I have some concrete assurance of your support.

Will you help me defray the initial out-of-pocket costs I've incurred in helping to form The Servi Institute?  There are filing fees, costs for web hosting and a domain, and a few similar expenses (which I will be happy to itemize for you, if you're interested).  It's not a great deal of money if a lot of people give a little, and it will help us give a great deal more back.

To be clear:  This is to help me (Peter G. Epps) defray out-of-pocket costs to get the non-profit launched, not a tax-deductible donation.
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All right, the time has come to draw down this GoFundMe and head on to the next stage of planning for The Servi Institute. The conference is ON, and we hope to start seeing lots of proposals and registrations, soon. ( http://serviokc.org/urbanvillage and http://serviokc.org/register )

For those interested in supporting Peter & Sarah while launching The Servi Institute remains full-time work and Servi is not yet quite big enough to pay salaries, Peter is launching an account for monthly supporters at Patreon ( http://patreon.com/pgepps ) -- and you can preview that here ( http://www.patreon.com/preview/0958158b62d142fea54b17b82f6e9f02 ).

You can also donate directly to The Servi Institute, an Oklahoma non-profit working toward 501(c)(3) status, through PayPal ( https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3367966 ) or share proceeds from your sales with us on eBay ( https://charity.ebay.com/charity/The-Servi-Institute/3367966 ).

And of course you should continue to check in on our Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/ServiOKC ).

THANK YOU for your interest and your support, and please pray for us!

Best,
PGE
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Here, have a video we just released--the first of many, I hope!

Thank you very much to each of you who has contributed! As The Servi Institute ( http://serviokc.org) slowly but surely ramps up, as the documents get drafted and experts consulted and forms filled in and filed, we are also updating the web site, trying to build the contact list for The Urban Village conference ( http://serviokc.org/urbanvillage), and preparing for the days when we hope you will become regular friends and supporters of The Servi Institute, and perhaps advisors or collaborators in our projects! I am immensely grateful, then, to those who have helped to reimburse me, personally, as I lay out money for our the startup costs.

We're still hoping to consult a proper accountant about the structure at startup, and if possible to connect to an organization that specifically assists Catholic non-profits in running sound operations, so it seems very likely that we'll use up everything you share. As always, get in touch if you have any questions, and I'll be happy to offer you an accounting of our costs.
The "Aristotelian Plumber" Chat
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Well, as we build relationships toward eventual roles consulting in formation programs and offering seminars, sometimes we have to get our hands dirty--only literally, of course!

Be sure to keep up with developments as we prepare The Urban Village conference, too!

http://serviokc.org/urbanvillage
Servi and CYA workday at St. James GOLD!
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I've been talking to folks from all over the country who are interested in The Urban Village, our first Servi conference! If you or someone you know is interested, share servi.org/urbanvillage and consider sending in a proposal!
Our Mission
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