We are cancelling the May 7th event. If you have bought tickets already a refund will be sent to you.
The SLC has started an online memory book to capture thoughts, prayers and memories from the SLC community. View HERE
Board's Response as read by Sister Elaine Betoncort, CSJ
The Board of Directors has received your questions and concerns both in written form through your emails and also in person at our March 19th meeting and we thank you for them. This evening we will now share with you the Board’s response.
The Spiritual Life Center has been blessed with thirty three years of loving service and community for the practice of spiritual direction. The bonds forged during this time have touched people deeply and will continue and be remembered fondly for years to come.
Over this span of years, maintaining the financial stability of the SLC has continually been a challenge and in the last few years even more so. The Board of Directors, who alone bears the fiduciary responsibility for the Center, has been diligent in assessing and strategizing for fiscal health and sustainability for the organization
Consultation with our partners, directors, interns, and funders has happened throughout recent years and the SLC community has been directly and repeatedly informed of the serious nature of the organization’s financial situation. Time and again the community has been invited and encouraged to support programs and fundraising events and appeals, and we are very grateful to those of you who responded, but overall, support for both programs and appeals has been diminishing.
The Board’s decision communicated on January 29, 2015 to the community allowed time and opportunity for a financial reversal so that the suspension of administrative operations would not have to take place. However, despite the best efforts of all involved, adequate funding to provide fiscal sustainability for the SLC has not been forthcoming.
And now, our treasurer, Rebecca Makas, will share with you some financial data to provide you with the numbers that support the need and decision to close the SLC at this time.
And so, because there are not sufficient funds to sustain the Spiritual Life Center organization, as has been demonstrated, we will move forward to suspend administrative services. The Board is considering suspending administrative operations earlier than July, 2015 when our lease ends, and the exact date is yet to be determined. The Spiritual Life Center will officially close and cease to exist by May 31, 2016, after the Board has fulfilled its obligations to the Internship Program.
We acknowledge and deeply appreciate you, our funders and supporters, who have responded generously over these many years. However, our combined efforts have not been enough to reverse the deficit that we presently have, a deficit that can be so clearly observed.
The Board has fulfilled its legal, moral and spiritual duty in coming to this decision, a decision enacted with the best of intentions and based on the factual information that has been shared with you this evening.
All of us share this moment of grief -- needing to let go of a place we have loved. “You never really leave a place you love, part of it you take with you, leaving a part of yourself behind.”
May we move on with grace and dignity allowing the goodness and beauty of what has been to live on and inspire our days going forward. Thank you.
Now, Paul Uccello, one of our board directors, will review briefly what our steps going forward will be (see slideshow above), after which Ellen Boynton will facilitate a community conversation among you.
"To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1
Isn't it interesting how sadness and joy cohabit the profound spaces and times of our lives? It is from that place within my own heart that I share this news with you: after 33 years of tending the holy, the Spiritual Life Center will be suspending most business operations by the end of July, 2015. The current Internship Program will continue through its completion in May, 2016.
This was a consensus decision....CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING