Congregations invited to Thomas H. Lake Lecture

Congregations invited to Thomas H. Lake Lecture

LakeHere is a time sensitive resource recommendation. I highly recommend you consider attending this year’s Thomas H. Lake Lecture on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Dr. Craig Dykstra is the keynote speaker.  The lecture, titled Cultivating Thriving Communities of Faith: The Promise of Strategic Religious Philanthropy, examines approaches to religious philanthropy; explores what it means for philanthropists to take faith seriously; and highlights what can happen when donors consider the needs of the broader network of faith communities.

The lecture takes place from 4:30-6:00 p.m. with a reception following from 6-6:45 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register early at For more information, call 317-278-8998 or email

The Lake Lecture is presented by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Dr. Dykstra became a member of the faculty of Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina in August 2012, after his retirement as senior vice president for religion at Lilly Endowment, where he served for 23 years.

The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University has been a key resource for many congregations in Indiana and across the United States.  The Center for Congregations has hosted many workshops led by the institute's director, Dr. William Enright, and his colleagues. 

It was at one of these workshops about ten year ago, that I heard for the first time congregational stewardship reframed as the opportunity to inspire generosity among members.  Bill Enright offered an incisive and winsome argument that generosity can be a way of life and not just a fall program to raise funds for the congregation.  A decade later, the reality that generosity is a primary virtue that congregations can encourage is now part of our everyday conversation about congregations and the good they bring to God’s world.  

I encourage you to attend Dr. Dykstra’s address if you are interested in 1) thinking deeply about your own practice of generosity and philanthropy; 2) hearing about how congregations and others in the religious realm can practice philanthropy more thoughtfully; 3) understanding offerings of money as a way to make God’s world a better place for all. 

I hope you take advantage of this free event offered in central Indiana by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. 

Tim Shapiro