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Help us launch The Servi Institute!

$370 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 5 people in 2 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.  Many of us have seen 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.  Most recently, at St. Gregory’s University, I have had the privilege of working with skilled and faithful teachers to articulate a vision of the Liberal Arts tightly integrated with the Practical Arts, as they should be. That vision still lives.

Working together, some of these faithful teachers and leaders, together with prudent friends who know the worlds of law and finance, are building The Servi Institute to give that vision a home.  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.

Short-term, I am working with the team to apply the formation model, curriculum work, and assessment materials we have already developed into both publications and solutions for particular needs, even as all the Fellows (faculty members) transition into different full-time work.  One of our first goals is to keep all this faithful talent in Oklahoma and occupied with whole-person Liberal and Practical Arts formation in the Catholic tradition, and to ensure that, even as they engage in diocesan or parish work, they maintain their academic profile and the ability to offer academically rigorous (and accreditable) teaching and curriculum guidance to others.

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 would like at least one or two of our team to go to the Petrus Development conference in January).  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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We had a great Planning Session today with several members of our Advisory Council--friends from Tuesday Vespers, Summer Seminar, and life in Oklahoma City were present, and we gained a lot of fresh perspective on specific needs--especially facing toward families with growing young children who are trying to juggle family life, parochial or home schooling, and various academic and spiritual goals! Looking forward to cooperating with our friends and those projects they are already part of in the near future!
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