As we commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Weavings founding editor, John S. Mogabgab (August 8), we are reminded of the considerable and significant contributions he made to the ministries of The Upper Room and, in turn, to the spiritual journeys of thousands of individuals. His life-transforming legacy continues to touch lives even today through the Weavings journal (look for “Reflections from John S. Mogabgab” in 2016’s Volume 31), the Alive Now audio lectio tool, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God, The Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series, and The Academy for Spiritual Formation®.
John was a consistent presence of guidance and influence for The Academy since its conception in 1983. He played a key role on the design team as the primary architect of the Two-Year Academy curriculum and served as the resident theologian on the first Two-Year Academy leadership team. John served on The Academy Advisory Board until his death in 2014.
“John held a special fondness for The Academy he helped to form,” said Rev. Marjorie Thompson, John’s wife. “John was delighted by the growth and impact of The Academy on church leadership.”
The Upper Room has renamed The Academy for Spiritual Formation Leadership Endowment in John’s honor. The new name, the John Mogabgab Academy Leadership Endowment, recognizes John’s contributions and his commitment to helping The Academy offer an experience of spiritual renewal and disciplined community for both clergy and laity.
Endowment returns help underwrite the expense of faculty recruitment, leadership team development, international expansion and new ministry offerings such as the “From the Well” podcast. “This is a meaningful way to honor John’s legacy with The Upper Room and The Academy,” said Johnny Sears, Director of The Academy.
Contributions may be made to the John Mogabgab Academy Leadership Endowment by contacting The Upper Room’s development office at 615-340-7212 or online at http://academy.upperroom.org/donations.
For additional information, contact Sherry Elliott, Executive Director of Interpretation and Development, The Upper Room, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-340-7520.