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The Upper Room Renames The Academy for Spiritual Formation Endowment Fund in Honor of John Mogabgab

The following is a news update from CBF-partner The Upper Room.

Nashville, Tenn. — The Upper Room announces it will rename The Academy for Spiritual Formation Leadership Endowment in honor of John Mogabgab, who served on the initial Advisory Board for The Academy, where he became the primary architect of the Two-Year Academy curriculum. The new name is the John Mogabgab Academy Leadership Endowment. Mogabgab died August 2014 with cancer while on staff at The Upper Room, working as special projects editor for Upper Room Books.

“The re-naming of this endowment is in recognition of John’s contributions and dedication to The Academy over the years. His commitment to helping The Academy offer an experience of spiritual renewal and disciplined community for both clergy and laity was considerable and significant,” said Sarah Wilke, Publisher of The Upper Room.

The endowment was established in 2004 to serve as a permanent fund to attract and retain the best faculty for The Academy and to generate annual returns to sustain the ministry. The endowment returns helps with the expense of faculty recruitment, leadership team development, international expansion, and new ministry offerings such as “From the Well” podcast.

Academy Director Johnny Sears added, “This is a meaningful way to honor John’s legacy with The Upper Room and The Academy. While John wasn’t involved in the day-to-day operations of The Academy, he was a consistent presence of guidance and influence for the ministry since its beginning.” Mogabgab was the resident theologian on the first Two-Year Academy leadership team in 1983, and continued to serve on The Academy Advisory Board until his death–the longest continuous tenure of anyone on the Advisory Board.

“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. He would be humbly grateful to be remembered through an endowment to help ensure the vigor and enduring success of this life-transforming ministry.”

In addition to his involvement with The Academy, John was instrumental in shaping the ministry of The Upper Room as a whole over the past three decades. He joined the staff in 1985 to become the founding editor of Weavings Journal, and participated in the editorial committee for The Upper Room daily devotional guide throughout his tenure. In recent years he collaborated in developing webinars and teleconferences around the Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series, which he edited. He was a mentor, advisor, and encourager to staff and a leading voice in spiritual formation.

About The Academy of Spiritual Formation

Since 1983, The Academy for Spiritual Formation® has offered an environment for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether lay or clergy, that combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community.  The Academy’s commitment to an authentic spirituality promotes balance, inner peace and outer peace, holy living and justice living, God’s shalom. Theologically the focus is Trinitarian, celebrating the Creator’s blessing, delighting in the companionship of Christ and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives, churches and the world.  http://academy.upperroom.org

For additional information, contact Sherry Elliott, Executive Director of Interpretation and Development, The Upper Room.  selliott@umcdiscipleship.org or 615-340-7520.

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