Talks and Writings

Every conference begins with opening remarks and we’ve created an archive for those.  As well, introductions for speakers have been a way to give some added insight into the character and accomplishments of some extraordinary people.

Opening Talk – The Gathering 2015

There are times when people ask what the theme of the conference is and without exception I tell them there never is an intentional theme.  We have no idea what the conference will be when we start thinking about next year. But sometimes a theme emerges that is totally unplanned and we are all surprised. Yet, this may be the first time in many years I have seen something ahead of time – but ...[Read More]

Tribute to Peggy Shipley

Bill’s request was for us to share a memory of Peggy. I know we have all laughed for years about her probing how I really felt about anything and everything. She wanted to go deep and I wanted to skip stones on the surface. However, it’s something else I want to say just now. I was 24 in 1970 when a friend took this picture. We had just climbed to the highest ridge of Wildcat Mountain ...[Read More]

Cardus Magazine Book Review: The Philanthropic Revolution

BOOK REVIEW: The Philanthropic Revolution by Jeremy Beer, Penn Press, June 2015.         As president of The Gathering—a community of individuals, families, and private foundations making financial gifts to Christian ministries around the world—for some time now, I often wonder if philanthropy is one of those words that has either lost its traditional definition (love of mankin ...[Read More]

Cardus Magazine Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled

Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber. HarperCollins, 2015. 320pp.           We all have a voice in our head that talks about money. For some it’s the haunting voice in D.H. Lawrence’s story “The Rocking-Horse Winner”—the voice saying: “There must be more money! There must be more money!” The children hear it when the elabor ...[Read More]